Posts Tagged ‘Todd Littlehales’

Tushar Crusher Take 2

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

Crusher in the Tushar

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Bikes are going out the Big Green door, the Sun is out in Portland and all is well.
Tonic recently had the opportunity to build a Custom frame and fork for Friend of 25+ years, former Professional road racer, shop mate and all around swell guy Todd Littlehales. Todd and his new Tonic will be heading down to Utah for the inaugural ‘Crusher in the Tushar’. A 79 mile Road + Dirt race in the Tushar mountains. The Crusher is a choose your weapon, kind of event. So after hours of grueling analysis of the course, a few 16oz. coffee’s and a couple of big peanut butter cookies we decided to go with what we can only call the MTBRD (or maybe the Magnum R/T). The tires will be large, the rear end will be short, and the brakes will work in any of the conditions the Crusher has to offer. The rest will be left up to the Mountain Gods and fate itself.cittbits
Drawings were made, Tubes were mitered and the 58 FATSO was ready for assembly.
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Ready for Paint.
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Too much free time, Tonic Fab, Muscle Car inspired, ‘Crusher in the Tushar’ concept art.
More Pic’s after the build.
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