Thus far Singular has been known for the most part for producing really nice looking, affordable steel mountain bikes and monstercross bikes. Just last year Sam decided to try his hand at moving a bit up market with the Pegasus titanium mountain bike. Its made by Nevi in Italy. While geometry on it is fixed at standard Singular settings[not bad thing at all mind you], you can customize the frame as you see fit in regards to drivetrain options. These are produced in limited production runs[preorders happening NOW if you'd like in!], and the first was a smashing success.
So what about this FireBird? It belongs to MK, one of Wisconsin's strongest female racers, and long time Singular rider. She predates Singulars being sold here in the shop by a year or so. She had her road bike stolen while at college, and one thing led to another. Sam said he was thinking of a Ti road project, much like the Ti mountain project. Next thing you know, Sam had one at the London Bike show, and we had one here at the shop shortly there after! I must say, this thing is a mighty piece of work.
The taper on the headtube[1.125/1.5] is stunning. I've seen other ideas for tapered headtubes out there, but they're machined, and have that sharpedge machined look to them. Not all that appealing. This is much more fluid, more organic. I'm sure its hydro formed, but I'm only guessing on that. No matter. Its a thing of beauty.
The chainstays also have a very nice taper to them. Larger at the bottom bracket, slimmer at the drop out. No silly shapes, just a gentle ovalization. The dropouts are nice and big, with large hooded surfaces for the stays to attach to.
Just like on the Pegasus, the Singular logo is etched into the downtube in a really, really nice and understated way. Copper in color for the bands and letters, with a matte finish panel. The rest of the frame is brushed for a nice, no nonsense industrial look.
MK's dad said that the frame looks like it means business. No real games to play, just straight forward performance. I'd have to agree. And with a planned Enve fork to match the rest of the SRAM Force build kit, this bike WILL mean all business. And go damned fast.
If this is something you're interested in, and I know I am, Sam would love to be able to set you up. Since Nevi is MUCH closer to him, it makes sense that he takes care of the sales on this one.
Listening to: ...Godspeed you Black Emeporer