Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross

Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross

I was getting a few inquiries from the mountain-bike fraternity as to why Cycle EXIF seemed to focus on ultra clean, studio shot images. Today’s post should restore the balance, this is Ichico’s Independent Fabrication, fresh from battle in the GP Mistral, Japan’s cyclocross stage series.

This particular edition was fought in what appeared to be a swamp, and I’m still trying to ascertain whether Ichico’s derailleur was intentionally removed or not. Regardless, his photography should speak to those who race cyclocross and can relate to the pleasure of off-road cycling. It’s also interesting to note, while we tick away the final moments of 2010, that an Independent Fabrication cyclocross bike was Cycle EXIF’s first ever post. The Critical Dirt team machine was shot in a studio situation and we’re reminded of the cyclical nature of the calendar by rounding out the year with Ichico’s mud-coated Indy Fab.

Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross
Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross
Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross
Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross
Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross
Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross
Ichico Indy Fab Cyclocross

  • Tom

    I don’t get it.

    Why do all these expensive CX bikes have such primitive front brake cable stops? How come they don’t mount the cable stops on the fork crown like V-brake suspension forks?

    I’m sure the kink by the ferrule doesn’t help a already poor performing brake design.

    • nilteixido

      there are the best rim brakes for muddy terrain but now some brands are introducing disk brakes with roadbike levers.

  • Fixthegear

    The derailleur hanger looks bent. Probably took it off to prevent it from breaking the spokes. Or.. it broke off.. Man, those days are so long gone for me.

  • mudplug

    There’s something fundamentally wrong about dropped handlebars and that much mud 😀

    Pure cyclocross, love it, especially the contrast between the dirt and the “Independant” lettering on the frame in pic #4. Stunning.

  • facialbotany

    That’s an intense image!

    The black and white racing stripe job is a nice touch too.

    Cyclocross has always intrigued me. The clipless pedals in mud always made wonder though. I would think it would be a quite an interesting sport to view. I’d love to see the vid of the competition which it competed.

    Definitely gets my blood going!

  • BikerJones

    How did he manage to get the bike so dirty but keep the shoes that clean ??

  • greener

    “… I’m still trying to ascertain whether Ichico’s derailleur was intentionally removed or not.”

    Erm. Not?

  • amazing! I so want to try one of these races!

  • brew

    amazing mess, love it