Urban Velo

Broakland Crit-Fighter

Broakland Bikes out of Montano Velo in Oakland CA have been some of my favorites since I first saw them at the 2007 NAHBS. It doesn’t hurt that I’m tight friends with the Montano family, and at least part of that is based on how we can relate to our love of similar bikes. On my last trip to the area I had the chance to see a prototype Crit-Fighter, a full steel road bike with aggressive handling for people who love the ride of track bikes on the street or are othwise looking for a quick handling short-course ride. With 75/74 head/seat angles, a 50 mm drop bottom bracket and a 35 mm rake Wound Up fork, the handling isn’t just advertised as track-like, it’s for all intents and purposes a track bike with a derailleur hanger. Perhaps not the best choice for your next double century, but great fun on shorter riders where the geometry isn’t going to completely wear you out. The frame is made to order in Oakland by El Camino Fab from a mix of Columbus, S3 and Dedacciai tubes weighing in at 17.6 lbs complete as shown, sans fender. Expect a frame and fork to run about $2000, with a full S3 tubed version on the way for a few more dollars.


  1. TylerDecember 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Is it normal for the Chris King logo to be upside down on the headset?

  2. AdamDecember 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    The tops and bottoms of King headsets are identical other than the logo placement. Any standard King headset can be installed with the logos upside down if you wish,

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