Joce’s LOW Track Bike
Jocelyn wanted a track frame, and he wanted a good one. LOW bicycles, from California, is or is close to the epitome of HHSB. What’s HHSB ? It mean Hip Hop Slave Bike. To my knowledge, the term was coined in London, through a great forum called lfgss.com. Anyway, HHSB’s are that type of fixed gear bike that are well-built, that will offer performance, that are not ratty nor are vintage italian track bikes in full Campy. They often sport carbon wheels like 3-spokes and Thomson components. For example, most Cinelli Mash‘s are HHSB and my Cannondale certainly is, too. What I mean by that is not to discredit it’s ability to be a real track bike, but simply the fact that it is really popular among people who buy bikes to be built as fixed gear bikes ridden on the street, and that is highly thought of among the holy grail of track bikes.
Joce’s build is more akin to a real track bike, however. Carbon fork, dropbars and good track wheels. That’s a bike that can attack left turns! I know a couple guys that have these awesome bikes, and it’s popularity is damn well deserved. Fast and stiff, resilient and good looking : one couldn’t ask for more.
That said, Andrew Low, the man behind the bikes, operates this one or two-man operation out of San Francisco. If you want one of his, now, 3 models you’ll have to order one and wait. But, oh, is the wait worthy.
Jocelyn’s build is what you would expect from a pornish HHSB : SRAM Omniums, carbon Easton fork, and Mavic Ellipse’s among other carbon or alloy components. That bike sure is not heavy! The handiwork on these bikes are through the roof. Super solid construction, great geometry, smooth and strong welds. I would not hesitate about ordering one for any other reason than maybe the price, which may be high for some people. But still, you get what you pay for.
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