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Indy Fab ti Crown Jewel Roadster w/two top tubes

Old 02-03-22, 02:29 PM
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Indy Fab ti Crown Jewel Roadster w/two top tubes

I just pulled the trigger on this 2008 Independent Fabrication titanium Crown Jewel roadster.
Sight unseen. I own a 2001 Crown Jewel roadbike which rides beautifully and I know IF makes great frames.
When this came up on auction I knew I had to have it. Everyone has a pretty strong opinion about double top tubes - some interesting threads here on BF. I like that these are not parallel - gives it a cool look.
Another interesting feature is the rear spacing: 135mm. It's got a Phil Wood Kiss-off mtn hub. It should be able to take some pretty wide tires.
Seller hasn't shipped yet. I'll give an update once it arrives and I've taken it for a ride.
Comments welcome and thanks for looking!
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Double top tubes insures the fork takes all the impact on a header.
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Good to know! Hopefully I'll never have a chance to test that out. I suppose I could haul a few bags of cement though.
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I've not been a fan of double TTs, but in this case IF could have made it a tad more aesthetically palatable had they made tube number two parallel with the deck. I do like the black/yellow colorway, tho

I'm sure it'll do what you need it to do; curious to know if you'll be able to detect any performance advantage from having the extra tube.

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This is my first and surely last double TT. Of course they are not common and its not a design I would not normally seek out.
It'll be interesting to see if it feels much different than my other bikes with a sloped top tube and slightly rising stem.
I think its geometry and wide tires will play more of a factor than the extra tube in terms of ride quality. The only other ti bike I have is from 1978 - a lovely ride but certainly not stiff.

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I can not wait to see more of this. In total agreement about older ti being less than stiff, I'm as curious as you to know how that stiffens the triangle.

I'm also trying to eyeball the BB drop for 650b conversion in my head, depending on how your chainstays are shaped. It looks like the PO's current tire maxes out the clearance ~25-28mm (maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't think those old Rubinos came any bigger).
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Very cool. Are those Blunts? My students loved those things a few years ago (when they couldn't find Tri-spokes&#128521.
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Well it's been a few days since I paid and I just got shipping confirmation today. No hurry, right?
It'll arrive next week. I'm not one to keep bins of parts around - typically just what I need: chains, rings & cogs, tires...but I happen to have a pair of White Industries platform pedals in BLACK!
I don't plan on making changes which is unheard of for me. Maybe tires?
With that 135mm rear hub I'm sure there's going to be plenty of room for wide.

Had a very nice correspondence with Chris from Independent Fabrications yesterday. He confirmed that it was made in 2008 and told me who built it and that Jill painted it with the flame pattern he himself designed. It's also the only Roadster IF made in titanium.
I'll post a ride report & more photos next week.

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