John ‘Prolly’ Watson finally tweaked his latest acquisition, a beautiful track frame by Ian Sutton, of Icarus Frames. The addition of the classically-styled H+Son TB14 rims are the final touch on a bike that has caused not a small amount of consternation among the critics, but that’s to be expected from anything that breaks free from the de rigueur.
If you’re a regular reader of John’s blog, Prolly Is Not Probably, you’ll be aware of his preference for Columbus MAX tubing, so it was a natural choice for his custom Icarus frame. The traditional 74° layout is ready for the velodrome, while a 39mm fork rake will provide stability when riding around town. Marty from Geekhouse Bikes, who collaborated with John on his S&S-coupled tourer, was brought on board to provide the segmented fork. Ian personally modified the raw fork, adding brazed-on shoulders and fillet-brazing over the welds, resulting in a serious platform to support John’s viking-like mass. The livery was designed by Kevin Sparrow of COG Magazine and painted by Bryan at Fresh Frame, in a lavender hue that reflects the feather-light nature of the trademark Prolly purple.
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