British bike manufacturer Obsydian is new to the industry as of 2013 but came to market unlike the gram counting, carbon obsessed pretty-boys who are so in vogue today. Obsydian wanted to go about things differently, offering a lifetime guaranteed road chassis capable of taking whatever abuse and pounding even the heaviest of riders could throw at it. The Invictus frameset is Obsydian’s first offering for the hammerhead-clydesdales amongst us. It’s for those who ride hard and put it away dirty. If you cringe at the sight of advertisements heralding 7.3% decreases in frame weights for a price tag rivaling the average family sedan, read on…
The Invictus frameset is simple and straight forward. Aluminum frame, carbon fork, ceramic headset. But don’t let the simplicity belie Obsydian’s employment of some proven build methodologies. The alloy frame is triple butted 7005-T6 series aluminum that has been custom butted and shaped for Obsydian’s specific design purposes. The Invictus is assembled by hand utilizing double-pass welding. Then the frame is fully shot-peened for increased durability. (Shot-peening alters the mechanical properties of the aluminum’s surface. The practical outcome is the lessened possibility of the propagation of surface cracks.)
The only trendy feature of the Invictus — that which one may reasonably question the prudence of — is the inclusion of a press fit BB30. While general maintenance issues have pestered press fit technologies to some degree, we’re assuming the oversized shell was chosen to allow for larger diameter tubing and a stiffer bottom end.
In order to offer maximum stiffness at the front end, the Invictus is built with a tapered head tube that matches up with a full monocoque carbon fork. While Obsydian leaves us in the dark when it comes to total frame weight, we do know that the fork comes in at an impressive 360g.
Invictus believes the bottom line is, if you are a big dude who does not mind mashing on the pedals for hours and then tossing his bike in the corner before beelining for the obligatory after-ride-brew, the meaty Invictus is their best, and only, offering. If you identify with this, head over to their site here, for more info and purchase options. Frameset is currently in stock and comes in four sizes, SM/MD/LG/XL, out the door for £550.00 (aprox. $830).