At first glance this looks like another fixie bike, nothing wrong with that. But, on closer inspection the tubes are doing something a little different. The Taiwanese drawn steel is twisted in the production process resulting in a unique and very tactile finish to the tubing. Although made of CrMo 4130 tubing like all 8Ball frames, the materials in the twisted version are 20 per cent stronger to account for the structural change and ensure the frame still complies with EN14764 standards. So not only interesting but, structurally sound!
A prototype build was shown off at Spin. Dubbed the Eton Rifle on account of the ‘rifled’ effect of the tubing – not unlike the inside of a gun barrel (with a nod to Paul Weller and the Jam too), the single speed build received many inquiries and actually sold within minutes of being unveiled.
James Middleton, founder of 8Ball Bicycles, is now aiming to bring the design to a wider market. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to accelerate commercialisation of the design and produce a new batch of frames.
And that is where you good people come in… If this is your sort of bike, the sort you want to own, then have a look at their Kickstarter campaign here. They really need support on this but, also check out what they do over on their site here. They have also started producing the carry strap (pictured) to help you lug your bike up stairs (helpful in plenty of crowed cities).