Astrakhan is a southern Russian city on the banks of the Volga, just near the Caspian Sea. The zebra is not indigenous to the region, but it did inspire the theme for this 27.5 trail bike, built by Anton Gorbunov of TORESVELO — who is indigenous to Astrakhan.
The Russian frame building community is small — we know also of Triton Bikes — but it is reassuring to know that one exists at all, and if the heritage of Russian engineering is anything to go by, it will be a strong one.
One does wonder about the opportunity of Russian mountain biking, however. Obviously there must be trails to be ridden, in which case this two-wheeled zebra will truly find its place.
Anton’s customer wanted a mountain bike built for his wife, designed around a low standover height. A mixture of Columbus Zona and Life tubes were selected for their optimal combination of strength and weight, and was fillet brazed together.
The rear mech cable is routed through the frame to a DT Swiss 142х12 thru-axle, and Anton post-mounted the brake tabs for the XT disc brakes. All of the components were chosen for both their function and reliability — and their monochrome finish.
The customer’s father built and trued the wheels from a pair of e*thirteen TRS+ rims and Hope Pro 4 hubs on a homemade stand. They matched the scheme nicely, as did the Race Face Atlas cranks and chainrings.
Anton is only a few frames into his career, but his TORESVELO shop is worth keeping an eye on. Here’s hoping we see more beautiful handmade bikes coming out of Russia’s deep south. This one looks ready to rip up some trails around the Astrakhan Oblast.