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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.