Frances Diffusible Tourist

Frances Diffusible Tourist

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the true location of the USA’s original Surf City. It’s either Huntington Beach or Santa Cruz, depending on your origin, but Surfer magazine reviewed the surf, food and vibe of the nations’ best known surf towns and crowned Santa Cruz the colloquial holder of the title. The city’s laid-back attitude and moderate climate contributed to the decision, which keeps inspiring Joshua Muir of Frances Cycles to build his artisan and unconventional frames.

This is a geared version of Joshua’s Diffusible frame, created for the 2009 edition of the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge. It incorporates Ritchey‘s Break-Away system, allowing the nifty splitting of a frame at the seat tube cluster and the down tube, near the bottom bracket. Joshua’s entry for this year’s Manifest was one of his far more elaborate, yet equally beautiful cargo-bikes — for which, with his innovative cable-steering mechanism, he has developed a strong reputation.

Frances Diffusible Tourist
Frances Diffusible Tourist
Frances Diffusible Tourist
Frances Diffusible Tourist

  • GuitarSlinger

    There’s no discussion about it , at least here in the US . Its Santa Cruz hands down as the home of American surfing . They’ve got the Museum , T-Shirts and the support of the entire surfing community ( except those Huntington beach wanna be’s ) behind them . Cool bike though . Nice site as well

  • This is a genuinely beautiful bike, an individual expression and well-executed. And it’s nice to see some dirt and grit on it, even a bit of corrosion on the aluminum mudguards perhaps from the coastal salt spray. Death to display queen bicycles.