While I was reading up on the 2010 Single Speed World Championships (how do I take a week off work to get to Rotorua, how do I come up with the necessary money for flights and beer etc.), I came across this interesting SS MTB by Kish Fabrication, located in California. Specially built for the 2008 SSWC, this frame features the enigmatic 650b wheel size.
There’s no question Jim Kish can talk the talk, with around 18 years experience in the frame building business, working in both titanium and steel. He’s also an instructor in California Polytechnic State University’s Engineering Department and the United Bicycle Institute’s frame building class.
With a White Industries drive train, custom-etched ti seat post, Paragon slider dropouts and powder by Spectrum Powder Works, this is one candy-sweet ride. It would almost be a shame to cake it in the mud and grass of Rotorua. But in that element, only then would it truly shine.