Receiving an email from John Buellens, one of the founding members of Kinfolk Bicycles, always brightens up my inbox. It’s always guaranteed to contain superb photos of their gorgeous frames, hand crafted by Master Bulder Shiuchi Kusaka in Kansai, Japan. This track bike is no different, a pure track bike assembled with old-school components.
Kinfolk is more than a bike company, it’s the collective consciousness of numerous creative minds spanning the cities of Brooklyn and Tokyo. The Kinfolk Studios in Brooklyn features a rotating selection of DJ’s, art exhibitions and music, while the Kinfolk Lounge in Tokyo is “is a mecca for international travelers, design aficionados, neighborhood regulars, and drinkers with biking problems.”
The nucleus, however, are the frames, emblazoned with the ethos, ‘Run With The Hunted’. This fine example was built up by Bartek Kolacz, who wanted a bike built around 80s Japanese track parts. The ensemble marrys a Suntour Superbe drive train and rare, NOS Kyokuto pedals to Superbe hubs and Araya rims. The cockpit and seat mast is all Nitto and it’s all topped with a Kashimax Aero saddle.
Special thanks to John Buellens for the scoop and to Bartek Kolacz for the gorgeous photos.