Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

Anton Gorbunov loves making modern frames with a retro vibe. The Russian builder lives in Astrakhan — in the country’s south — and this is his latest creation, a slim single speed cyclocrosser kitted up in a summer guise.

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

At the moment, Anton has built the wheels up with a pair of Continental’s Gator Skin tires for summer riding but come winter, it’ll get a pair of knobbies — he can fit 40mm’s width of rubber in between the forks and stays.

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

A mix of Columbus Life and HSS tubes was used for the main frame, brazed together with Paragon Machine Works dropouts in the rear end. Anton ran the cables inside the tubes and used a wide CX crown for the forks.

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

A Gates Carbon belt drive was used for the drivetrain, which will keep things tidy and clean, with a Tune crankset adding a thoroughly modern look to what would otherwise be a traditional build.

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

White Industries had a part to play in making this a rock-solid machine, with their XMR hubs laced to a pair of Velocity Aileron rims. Anton is very proudly running Alec White’s new headset in the front, too.

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

The aesthetic is reinforced by a finishing kit from Ritchey Logic: their Classic components combine function and form, especially when allied with Gevenalle’s brake levers and a Brooks saddle.

Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX

While Anton’s SSCX may look, from a distance, like it came from a pre-digital age, a closer inspection reveals truck-like dependability, and his meticulous construction is evident. It sure looks like it’d be a blast to ride.

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Old School From Astrakhan: TORESVELO SSCX