The Brigade builds Ronnie Mac inspired World Champs bike for Alex Marin

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Spanish rider, Alex Marin shows off his Ronnie Mac inspired World Championship V10 put together by The Brigade Team.

It has been a funny season with races cancelled, but as long as nothing untoward happens in the next few days we’ve got some excellent racing ahead of us.

The World Championships begins in just a few days and as is tradition, teams have let their artistic flair take control to build special one-off designs for their riders.

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This doesn’t look very Spanish.

Usually, we’ll see riders sporting clothing inspired by their home country. Brits draped in the Union Jack, the French with a tricolour, but Alex Marin has bucked that trend with something inspired by a riding hero.

Instead of wearing a jersey with the Spanish flag, Alex has gone for more of an American look for this World Champs. It’s certainly a different idea and one that’s already generating a lot of comment here in the office, with the most asked question being ‘Why?’. Alex being a major fan of motocross, has been influenced by riding legend Ronnie Mac (no, I hadn’t heard of him either) and this explains the stars (doughnuts) and stripes treatment.

Like the ‘Galaxy‘ bike we featured a few weeks ago, this design isn’t airbrushed on but instead printed on vinyl by Monkeys Sauce and applied to the frame as a custom wrap. The wrap covers the entire carbon frame, SR Suntour fork and even the wheels, perhaps my favourite part of the whole build.

Inspiration

While the design inspiration of the bike and kit is very American, the build of the V10 is more of a European and Asian affair. Prototype Vee Tire Co. Tyres are fitted to the decal covered carbon Synthesis wheels. The chainset is an HXR Easyshift (a component I am very tempted to buy for myself), brakes come from Braking in Italy while Andorra sorts the cockpit courtesy of Production Privée.

It might not be what we normally see from a World Championship Bike, but it has to be one of the most fun designs we’ve seen so far. We can’t wait to see what other teams have put together for this weekend!


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