Just in: Tonic Fabrication Vanishing Point


The stunning Vanishing Point frame by Tonic Fabrication is another of our recent series of really nice all-black bikes (there are more on the way too), in this case, handcrafted from a mix of tubes. in Columbus Zona steel and True Temper OX Platinum in Portland Oregon.

Almost everything about Vanishing Point is interesting. For starters, while this is steel and, by modern standards, a relatively unusual tubing mix, it’s not about producing some sort of retro tribute. Retro bikes don’t come with oversized steerer tubes. It’s also not an attempt at a super light racing bike (the frame weight is 1.9kg and the Enve fork brings it to 2.4kg). Instead, it’s all about the ride. Tonic describes the frame as being perfectly suited for sports, leisure and commuting.

That said, ours was built with a pretty fancy kit that keeps the overall weight at a fairly light weight of 8.4kg, and the oversized steerer tube, short chainstays, and deep section downtube all tell us a bit. Rigid and efficient pedaling platform. . So the Vanishing Point might be made of steel, but it’s not a retro road bike exercise.

Tonic are Landon and Tony who, after working as frame builders for other bicycle manufacturers, went out on their own a few years ago. They started with two jump bikes – the Fall Guy and the Howie – then followed with a fixed – the Supernaut – then a “cross bike”, and now their first road bike – the Vanishing Point. These guys believe in the benefits of large diameter steel tubes, angled top tubes, and short chainstays – which are a hallmark of all of their frames, although they offer full personalized service, you can take it to the next level if you want to. wish.

Our bike is built by Tokyo fixed with a very chic Enve Road 2.0 carbon fork, (you can also have the Tonic Steel Fork on request) a SRAM Force groupset, Easton EC90 SL wheels, Easton EA70 stem and handlebar, and a Fizik Antares saddle, but the process construction offered by Tokyo Fixed and Tonic is fully customized so that you can take things in the direction you want. Rack and guard mounts are production options as well as custom frames for those looking for a high-end fast audax / commuter bike – but not with this Enve fork.

Tokyo Fixed sells the frameset for £ 1,300, including the Enve fork – which is a sum of money in itself – and Tonic’s semi-integrated headset setup. The build we have will set you back £ 4,100 with the Easton EC90 wheels being a big part of that. If that’s not high-end enough for you, there’s a stainless steel version on the way.

So what’s going on with those big tubes and the mixture of steels. In terms of performance, what do they bring to the party at Vanishing Point? I’ll let Tony from Tonic explain:

“As for the tube used, we select it based on diameter, wall thickness, bead profile and intended use (no magic bullet here). But we always preferred the aesthetic. and ride quality from big constant diameter tubes to award winning tubes The 38mm tub is a staple of almost every Tonic and for the Vanishing Point it is paired with our 22.2mm Supernaut base creating a very stiff, without sacrificing the high ride quality of a modern steel road frame. “

You can see why we can’t wait to throw a leg up on this baby. On paper at least, the geometry seems designed to provide a stable but still lively ride, parallel to 73 ° in medium sizes with the seat tube relaxing slightly to 72.5 ° in larger sizes while the seat tube. steering sharpens to 73.5 ° in the larger model while the seat tube suddenly relaxes to 72.5 °. All the main tubes vary in length depending on the size, including the bases which range from 405 to 410mm, and everything is put together beautifully.

And the name, Vanishing Point? Inspired by the perspective trick involving parallel lines first employed by Renaissance painters, or the 1971 film Vanishing Point with Barry Newman as Kowalski, an all-American anti-hero on a benzedrene-fueled cross-country race to destruction behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger or similar?

No, it’s not going to be Renaissance painters, is it? In fact, the Vanishing Point was almost called The Kowalski, but the guys at Tonic figured hardly anyone would tie it in to the movie. Hoping that the ride is just as exciting, but without the same end as the film (without wanting to spoil it for anyone … the film which is).

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