If you checked out our post of Kellan's Chris Cross from last week, you already know that he has some impressive bikes! This one is solidly in the one-off category, and was the first 27.5" bike that John at Landshark had built! Kellan explains the build:
Since I could not find exactly what I wanted out of a stock bike I knew I wanted to go the custom route. Since I wanted a fast handling bike to handle the tight singletrack I normally ride on I opted for steeper angles than what’s popular at the moment. Once the frame was designed the next step is coming up with a paint scheme. Since I went through this with a previous Land Shark I had some ideas but wasn’t complete sure. The original idea was to copy the Alexander Calder BMW art car from 1975 but when looking at similar cars I stumbled upon this photo of the Hamann McLaren and decided to show John the picture.
Since I wasn’t completely sure what the paint would look like I ordered a black Chris King InSet 7 and a black PressFit 30. For the rest of the build I wanted to go with parts I knew would last: I did a Shimano 2x11 XT build, rounding it out with a Thomson post, Ritchey bullmoose bar, and a wheelset using White Industries CLD hubs laced to Velocity Blunt SS rims.
The paint is different on each side:
Of course you need your name painted on the bike so you can recognize it is yours:
My friends at ESI sent me some custom grips to add a bit more color:
The bike spends 90% off its time with a rigid Enve MTN fork but occasionally I put a 100mm fork to change it up a little: