by Marc Basiliere
May 26, 2014
The bonkers balance bike battle begins.
Hot on the wheel of last week’s Hostile titanium balance bike, Russian framesmiths Triton have been in touch with their own titanium balance bike. That’s right- there are (at least) two companies building balance bikes from the grayest of metals. Dimitry Nechaev, welding frames in Moscow since 2005, pulled together this balance build for his son (and, presumably, to spread the Triton name).
While it does without the Hostile’s disc brakes, the Triton otherwise takes top absurdity honours with its Chris King hubs and headset and on-trend stubby integrated Ti bar/stem combo. Alarmingly, the balance bike’s Scwalbe tyres are likely pricier than Dad’s Vee Rubber models. Of course, the Schwalbes’ reflective sidewalls are probably a good choice for after-dinner balance biking.
Triton has made its name building full-sized bikes to suit its customers’ whims. Their gallery shows an impressive range of projects, ranging from road frames with lug-esque bead blasted graphics to trials bikes and mountain unicycles. On the whole, the work is lovely and well worth a look.