Sizemore Bicycles Mashburn

Sizemore Bicycles Mashburn

If there’s one word to describe Taylor Sizemore’s bikes, it’s unconventional. From his commuters and track bikes to his ‘crossers and road bikes, clever details become apparent only upon closer inspection. They’re raw, with paint-brushed graphics, but like David Mashburn’s radical city bike, they exemplify the handmade quality and reveal a man who loves what he does.

David was after a replacement for his single speed beater and, together with Taylor, developed this concept, and it sure is radical: there’s a single Formula R1 disc brake on the rear, a SRAM Force-and-XX 1×10-speed drivetrain and clearances for 35c tyres on a custom Industry Nine wheel set. Whew.

It really is a tough machine for tough streets, a lack of paint will help it blend into the background. David, incidentally, helped develop the Sizemore branding concept with his firm, Mashburn Katz, which, along with Taylor’s craft, makes it equally as recognisable as any over-developed insignia. See more Sizemore Bicycles on Taylor’s website.

Sizemore Bicycles Mashburn
Sizemore Bicycles Mashburn
Sizemore Bicycles Mashburn

  • ifiwasking

    I would very much like to ride this bike.

  • Hawt bike. Hedgehog-approved.

    • @spinynorman:disqus, what IS this hedgehog you speak of?!?

  • dmashburn

    its super fun to ride. I love it. let me know if you have any questions.

    • Hi David, I’m sure it is… Looks like a helluva ’round town bike! I’m interested in your input into the Sizemore Bicycles branding and your own Mashburn Katz studio: How did you two arrive at this philosophy where Taylor was able to hand paint his whole logo style?

      • dmashburn

        posted something yesterday about the working with taylor and the design process.

    • DerHoggz

      Why a rear brake over a front one?

      • dmashburn

        I have have always loved the rear brake over a front. Wanted a bike that reminded me of my childhood. I just love to whip around and have fun. I’m not racing and don’t care about % of better stopping power. I love the back brake feel plus i like simplicity , hence the track bike influences. I have a braket on the brake and shifter that allows me to attach them both to my bars with one braket. One of the reasons i choose the formula brake. Other than that i really wanted a nice hydraulic brake. I always loved the feel of my hydraulic brakes on my downhill bike.

        Over all this bike is very specific. Had a bit if everything from every bike discipline bringing the concept together. It all starts with the frame of course but after that every part is specific to the bikes design. From wheels all the way to the cables we finally went with. The cranks were a bit trickier. I ended up putting my non fluted campy pista cranks on it fitting perfect with a slightly longer spindle.

        The fun for me was watching taylor solve some of the very specific design challenges

        “What is the simplest way to think about…………. Each part of the bike from cable routing to dropouts to seat cluster was talked about in this way. Turned out great very fun to ride.

        • itsmefool

          David, thanks for the story behind the story and congrats on such a beautiful bike! I like the “real-worldability” of this thing; it appears as though most folks, provided they’re tall enough, could simply jump aboard and start pedalling! There’s no silly toe clips and no need to resort to hunch-backed, boy racer contortions to steer the thing. I especially love the thinking behind the rear brake…you nailed it with the “have fun” comment. Isn’t that what bikes are all about!?! Keep up the great work!

          • dmashburn

            It was a fun project on all levels. Fun to think about, Fun to Design, Fun to watch come alive, Fun to change, and most of all Fun to ride. But all of that is nothing compared to the rad friendship i established with Taylor and his wife Kelsey through the process. Really excited to be working with them on some other creative endeavors. Keep your eyes on his work some cool new projects in the works 😉

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