The legend of St George and the Dragon, while adopted by the Christian tradition, is actually Eastern in origin, brought back by the Crusaders. He is the Patron Saint of England, but he is called St Joris in Dutch and his helm adorns the down tube of all St Joris Cycles, a framebuilder from Eindhoven.
It’s a noble decoration, aptly placed upon these high caliber bikes. Alex de Kraker is a self taught builder, but an already accomplished one and recognised by the Rapha Continental squad, having assembled a frame for their Hidden Europe tour. St Joris Cycles has officially been trading since 2010.
As a complete antithesis, the latest frame to arise from the torch of St Joris is the Evil Plan, designed for a 160cm-tall female rider who happens to be an ex-pro racer and Alex’s wife — she still likes to keep a thoroughbred in the stable. All stops were pulled out in making this special bike.
Alex built the frame from Columbus Spirit and XCr. The head and seat tube, bottom bracket, dropouts and brake bridge — wherever extra parts need to be attached — are stainless steel. It’s all crowned with a custom stainless seat mast topper, constructed with a tidy internal clamping mechanism.
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