Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

Football is a funny game; a sport with a remarkable ability to whip legions of fans into a near-religious fervour. Triton is a Russian builder of titanium frames who just built a tribute to a customer’s favourite football team of FC Spartak Moscow.

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

Triton was founded in 2009 by Dmitry Nechaev. It started out as his hobby during his university years, when he sourced frames from a shop outside Moscow. Dmitri’s work and career took over, then a financial crisis hit Russia, and Triton was shelved.

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

Dmitry decided to reboot Triton, this time employing his own specialist titanium engineers, so he could maintain a high standard of quality. The first frame was produced in 2012, and now Triton has seven employees and is building about 150 frames a year.

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

This Triton’s owner is a diehard Spartak fan, to the extent that he attends every match, no matter where in the world they play. Spartan is known as the red-whites, after their team logo. Like other teams, they have slogans to humiliate their opponents.

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

One slogan, Dmitry tells us, is “four letters: ОУКБ which stands for ‘Отсоси У Красно-Белых’, which can be crudely translated as ‘suck the red-white’. The customer, however, had opted for a ‘sour apple’ theme to match the Chris King components.

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

The ОУКБ logotype was applied in anodised sour apple to resemble the ENVE logo, as well as the Тритон typography on the down tube — Triton in Cyrillic script. A texture using the treatment was created for the inside fork leg.

Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road

It took Triton’s in-house anodising guru, Vladimir, a few days to complete it, but the customer was happy. He asked for it to be ready for a certain date, but was nervous about the baggage handlers at the airport.

To make sure the 7.25kg bike arrived in one piece, the customer rented a private jet to transport it to his home in Switzerland. The jet seated eight passengers, which comprised of the customer, his family, and his new Triton.

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Red, White And Sour Apple All Over: Triton Bikes Ti Road