If you’ve as much interest in cinema as you do in bicycles, you will have heard of Jean Vigo, director of L’Atalante. A 1934 film, it was lauded by Sight and Sound as their 6th greatest film of all time in their 1992 poll. New York’s Troy Selvaratnam honored Vigo’s cultural influence by dedicating his frame building career to the flamboyant era of the French New Wave.
Mike Flanigan and A.N.T (Alternative Needs Transportation) needs no introduction, he has been creating beautiful bicycles under that banner since 2003, and can trace his frame building lineage back to Fat City Cycles during the late 80s / early 90s. Troy has combined Mike’s utilitarian purpose with the extravagance of La Nouvelle Vague. No doubt about it, however: Troy’s CX 001 is a true race machine. The geometry is based on his Pegoretti Responsorium, with a few tweaks for the cyclocross track such as a higher bottom bracket.
CX 001 is now in the hands of Phil Morgan, who is embarking upon the Northeast cyclocross campaign. Phil is co-owner of Hecho Inc, an NY design firm, and Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill bar / restaurant Building on Bond. Local jewelry designer, Thomas Kurilla, created the high-polished head badge, while Phil directed the livery, applied by Noah Rosen of Toronto’s Velocolor.
The result of a combined contribution from many artists and experts in their field, CX 001 is destined to be a great competitor. If only Jean Vigo were here to direct a L’Atalante-esque promotional film edit. Special thanks to Andrew at NYC Velo.