Saphira Pista

Saphira Pista

I’ve been looking for this bike for a while now. My RSS feed is inundated with the latest developments in the world of fixed gear freestyle but for me, this is where our fascination with the culture started. Australian messengers were more focused on road and mountain bikes during the early 90s and thus were late to adopt the simplicity of the track bike for work purposes. Like the rest of the world, however, we’ve also fallen under the spell of the brakeless aesthetic. A perfectly proportioned frame, tight clearances, Campagnolo Record Pista gruppo, a double crown fork, white leather upholstery and classic typographic branding: what’s not to love? Found on Christian Wieners flicker stream—Sukram’s restored Saphira Pista.

PS: It’s been a busy week around the Cycle EXIF clubhouse. Our latest advertiser, Never Stop Pedalling, is a dedicated online fixed gear bicycle boutique. The virtual shelves are stocked with the full range of Cinelli frames, shirts by Anticoast, bags by Chrome and Brisbane Outdoor Gear, and a wide range of parts, accessories and hubs. Check out the store and keep an eye on the blog for the latest news from the shop and the team riders.

Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista
Saphira Pista

  • The world will be a better place when this fixed gear fad is over… 

    • Quite possibly. But the track bike was never a fad.

    • Asdfa

      I don’t think so. It got thousands of more kids on bikes. I thought that was what we all wanted? Don’t be butthurt just because bicycles are subject to trends too.

      • >1gearnow

        Very good Point Asdfa, I’ll admit I jumped on the fixed gear bandwagon and now have moved onto more “functional” and realistic cycling.  So it that sense its a good thing.  Now if I can only figure out how to adjust all these derailleurs 😛

      • >1gearnow

        Very good Point Asdfa, I’ll admit I jumped on the fixed gear bandwagon and now have moved onto more “functional” and realistic cycling.  So it that sense its a good thing.  Now if I can only figure out how to adjust all these derailleurs 😛

  • Steve

    Is this bike intended to be used on the road? Without a front brake?

    • controversial. 

      I like the saddle.  Points to a well ridden bicycle.

  • I thought it odd that there were no results when I Googled Sukram. But I wasn’t actually referring to Austrian messengers in the copy, rather to my (and my Australian messenger co-workers) contact with track bikes during the early 90s.