Zen Fabrication has been one of only a handful of domestic frame builders available to anyone who just had and idea but needed someone to make it, and they’ve been behind some well known names over the past few years. So much so that they’ve built up a bit of a name for themselves and recently decided to launch their own line of bikes. The full tech specs are in our original story, but when they’re right in front of us, we gotta take pics. So, here’s a little gallery of some frame highlights plus a killer, unobtainable-unless-you-build-and-paint-it-yourself version of the hardtail expedition bike…
The AR45 gravel bike is steel, hence the lithe top tube.
As the name suggests, there’s clearance for 45mm tires.
The 6061 alloy XCX cyclocross bike is more race oriented.
It, and the race road bike, share a very clean Di2 wire port on the headtube. The head badges shown here are some near-final tests of a dual layer paint and masking technique that’ll look similar on final models, but probably a bit more refined.
The matte black finish over polished metal should be virtually maintenance free…a good thing for ‘cross bikes.
The road bike is Columbus HSS Spirit steel tubing, and it gets a more svelte head tube than the gravel grinder.
The bikes come equipped with modular dropouts, letting you swap axle standards as things progress.
In addition to the more trail-oriented hardtail, they offer the EXP as an all-day, all the way out there style adventure bike. The stock finish is a raw alloy silver, but for the show, they put this bad boy together with dark camo and safety orange bags from J.Paks!
Any guesses how well this would sell? Zen.bike