I may be a bit biased since Max Lundbeck is from my hometown, but he also builds some incredible bikes. This year, Max focused mainly on creating a cross bike that could double as a gravel bike or commuter rig thanks to small sacrifices in chainstay length. The result is a beautiful lugged frame with disc brakes, full fender eyelets, and depending on the frame either a standard seatpost or an integrated mast.
The real stunner was Max’s personal bike which plays off his family’s Swedish heritage and has an amazingly personalized paint job…
According to Max, his family has a long standing tradition where the first male born from each generation places something they are personally proud of inside a box. That box of mementos is then passed down to the next generation through the first born son, a tradition that for the Lundbeck family dates back as far as 1797. Thinking outside the box so to speak, Max took the name of each person that has contributed to the tradition and added it along with their birth year to the bicycle’s seat tube all the way up to his son Dashiell who was born in 2013.
Spectrum Powderworks gets credit for the impressive finish.
Even without the personal touches to the paint, the bike would still stop you in your tracks thanks to the immaculate lug work and details like color matched fender stays. Max says he spent way too much time on the fillet brazing and smoothing the lugs, but he plans on passing the bike down as per tradition so it had to be perfect.
Max also had this cross racer on display which is based off a similar frame design though it’s crafted as more of a race bike with an integrated seat mast and carbon fork. The incredible paint work extends through to the one piece bar and stem and seat mast cap. Even though the bike (one of 15 for the year for a customer) is meant for racing, the frame still has the ability to run fenders.