Last month, T-Lab Bikes and Boyd Cycling announced their collaboration on a limited edition bike, giving the power to the people in the form of a contest to help decide which style of bike it should be.
Well, after a week-long frenzy of voting, the idea of creating a limited edition version of T-Lab’s popular R3 titanium road bike called the N-1 won the hearts and minds of the cycling electorate.
“This is why we call it the N-1,” explained Boyd Johnson, “where N is the number of bikes you own and + 1 is the bike you don’t need that you buy anyway. The R3 represents the number N of bikes owned and -1 is the hole, the need that must be filled.”
According to T-Lab, “the N1 edition of the R3 road bike is a snapshot of the future of road bikes. Built with flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles, the geometry is designed around a maximum tire size of 700 X 35mm that puts the rider into a road riding position over an ultra beefy tire.”
“Descending on roads will be unfair to your riding buddies,” adds Johnson. “Chip seal roads become buttery smooth, as the larger tires we have all grown to love absorb road vibration while also providing better traction and lower rolling resistance.”
Gravel grinders needn’t fret however, because the results were so close T-Lab and Boyd have decided to produce a limited number of gravel frames as well..
“We’re a small, family run business that has built a following by building premium product and excellent customer service,” said Nicole Johnson, Director of Sales. “We couldn’t possible say no to someone who wants to own a Boyd / T-Lab gravel bike. Gravel riding has become our passion and both Boyd and I developed our passion for this business from our passion for the bike. Period.”
The X3 is a dual-purpose road/gravel bike with clearance enough to for 700c x 42mm tire or a 650b x 51mm tire.
The custom shaped titanium tubing is shock absorbing while providing a snappy and responsive ride quality.
Internal cable routing, flat mount disc brakes, and 12mm thru axles complement the bike build as well.
In addition, the X3 gravel bike has build options with Boyd’s Altamont Lite alloy wheels, the Jocassee 650b or Pinnacle 700c carbon gravel wheels.
MSRP for either model is $7990 equipped with Di2 shifting, hydraulic disc and carbon wheels build or $6490 for mechanical shifting, hydraulic disc with alloy wheels.
The T-Lab bikes are small, batch, titanium, custom produced and painted in Montreal Canada. For more information visit https://t-lab-bikes.com.
Boyd Cycling wheels are available in the U.S. through Independent Bicycle Dealer channels and are assembled in Greenville, SC. For more information about Boyd Cycling visit the website at www.boydcycling.com.
Oh, did I mention that I have a T-Lab R3 road bike myself?! 🙂
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