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”.
While rummaging through some drawers tonight I stumbled across this card. And well it was a sad reminder that 4 years and 4 days ago tonight The Mighty Steve Casmano left this place for the Last time.
Steve wore many Hats (literally and figuratively) He was a Machinist, Musician, Rock Star, Custom Frame builder/Painter, Bike Rider, Car Guy, Father and a Friend. He had a way with words that would make your head spin. And love him or hate him there was never a dull moment when Casmano was around.
I have an old answering machine stowed away in the closet it contains 11 messages and one of them is the last I received from Steve. It’s around 3 minutes long full of curse words, and Casmano-isms, and it always puts a smile on my Face. He concluded that Message with the title of tonight’s Post.
Casmano Track Bike.
Tonight or at this point this morning, I will leave you with a Quote or 2 from Steve-
“Always park the Van in the direction of home before going in the Bar”
“Claw hammers are dangerous”
“I’m Not trying to lever ya”
Need some fun in your life? Or an excuse to get out of the rain, ride bikes and drink beer. Well, Look no Further you found it. Friend of Tonic Fab, spinner of round things, and fun gal to be around Amanda Sundvor, Has got another Backyard Blam event in the works at the Lumberyard indoor bike park February 4th.