So far, the response to Adam Eldridge’s Wraith Fabrication has been overwhelmingly positive. The first two waves of production sold out with a third, at the time of writing, still available for pre-order. It’s interesting to read the testimonials on the Wraith website, for they reveal plenty about the quality of the frames and the frame builder.
One of those commendations was written by Brian Fu, the instigator of the Custom Bicycle Movement in Hong Kong, and a connoisseur of the Beautiful Machine. Brian has been described as The Godfather of Hong Kong’s fixed gear scene, a pioneer of that genre and the owner of many custom bikes by some of the most respected names in the business.
Needless to say, he was very familiar with Adam Eldridge’s primary enterprise, Stanridge Speed, and his legendary Highstreet Pursuit. So when Brian, who was now riding further afield on geared bikes, got wind of Wraith Fabrication, he immediately put his name on the first pre-order list, and is now the proud owner of this Hustle, with a serial number of #001.
Brian knows what he’s talking about when it comes to custom frames, and rates the Hustle highly. Built up to be a ‘do-it-all’ bike, Brian installed SRAM’s rugged and reliable CX1 11-speed groupset — a low-maintenance setup strong enough to tackle the urban jungle in which he lives. Equally, 25mm tyres and H Plus Son clincher rims will provide hassle-free rolling.
The Hustle comes bundled with a carbon fork and fully prepped for easy installation of parts. It’s easy on the scales and the wallet: a medium size frames weighs only 3.1lbs and is only US$1,350 for a frame and forks. With free shipping within the contiguous United States, the Hustle, and its CX stablemate, the Paycheck, is hard to pass up.
Special thanks to Brian Fu for the photos.