The Highwayman was a special project for a Japanese customer who was interested in a custom Tonic Soft tail touring bike. Early on in said project it became clear that he was really into vintage Mountain bikes, so from this we determined that a one off Bontrager/Tange switchblade style fork (IE Ton-trager or Tonic “Gern” fork) would make this project real special, a fun challenge for me to design and machine, and would look truly bitchin with the Tonic Soft Tail bits out back. The eccentric BB allows for the adjustment of BB height, as well as taking on the responsibility of keeping the chain snug while in single speed mode. Removable STI and chain stay cable stop aid in keeping it clean when run Single speed and add a nice detail to the frame. The Holley carburetor inspired retro Tonic Fab logo is the Icing on the cake.
That will be the mission of this built to order Tonic Fab Crusher bike and it’s Pilot Paul LaCava, as they will be embarking upon this years Trans Iowa Race. If you are not familiar with the Trans Iowa, follow the link to their blog, it’s a good read.
Although originally dubbed the “Iowa Crusher”, after reading the aforementioned blog it was determined that no one crushes this event, they merely finish or don’t. So in the end I christened this Crusher bike the “EPIC 1″ after the unique way in which Paul can tell a tail.
EPIC 1 Crusher Bike.
The Tonic soft tail.
With a little know how and a call to Shawn and Graham at Ruckus composites, Paul’s vision of 2 additional fork mounted water bottles as well as fender mounts, became a reality.
This time around I opted for the 12×142 axle standard. It lends itself nicely to the soft tail design, it is strong, very light, and allowed me the opportunity to create these proto-type drop outs that function great and require no ornamentation to catch the eye.
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Replaceable Hanger to assure your Tonic Barnstormer a long roosting career. Chain stay disk mount to accentuate the sexy double bend stays and to keep the lines clean.
Teisuke, has been hard at work putting together a Tonic CX Team in Japan, selling bikes, Racing and stopping to throw down the occasional Slowburger. While back at home, here at Tonic Fab, Kits were designed, frames were built, And some Team edition colors and graphics were a go.
55cm Magnum CX.
44mm Tonic HT, Chris King Inset 7, ENVE tapered CX fork, and Team Tonic/Japan head tube logo.
The Crusher in the Tushar is soon to be upon us, and this year like last, Tonic has built an offering for the Mountain Gods.
Piloted once again by Todd Littlehales, Tonic Fab’s NW Ambassador of all things 700c. This year we opted to pull out all the stops, and design and execute a truly 1 of a kind Crusher specific Weapon.
This is the kind of project where a fella like me goes a little crazy: countless hours machining the one of a kind 44-56 Tapered Head Tube (OS doesn’t have to mean heavy), even more time whittling the aluminum bits that make up the Soft Tail. All in all I have to say I couldn’t be happier with how this one turned out.
With the opportunity to redesign and reintroduce the Tonic Fab Soft Tail this project became that much cooler. Taking the edge off of the rocky descents and aiding in traction on the steep climbs for Todd, and allowing me to showcase what this one man show called Tonic Fab can do. Win, Win.
Equipped with an Inset 2 from the fine folks at Chris King, a Carbon Cockpit from ENVE Composites, Mavic wheels, a Dura ace drive train and Paint and Graphics by Studio 112 this Crusher will certainly be “running just like a song”.