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F5 Pista Custom : 777

Only with a truly custom paint job can you achieve monster purple lugs and burnt cream tubes on the same frame. The result is something incredibly unique and different - an F5 Pista custom with some great components. Paul crank, Nitto handlebar, this bike rips. Catch it on the streets of Shanghai!

F5 Pista Custom : Don

Fully flamed rear stays, lugs and fork sets Don's F5 Pista custom apart from the crowd. That, and all the killer components including our lattice chainring, SRAM omnium crank, H Plus Son Archetype rims and Gran Compe hubs. Sweet ride!

F5 Pista Fully Flamed : Zeke

An incredible classy build with all the best components. Zeke went all out on this build and the result is stunning! The fully flamed finish was the perfect choice for such a vintage looking build, ready for the street or the track. Photos by Andrew Hibma (www.hibmaphotography.ca)

Frame:
F5 Pista, columbus zona tubing

Fork/Headset:
Tange headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
165 sugino75, shimano

Pedals:
Allcity track pedals, mks cages

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
17t all-city, kmc

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto steel track drops, Nitto Pearl

Saddle/Seatpost:
brooks cambium

Brakes:
sram apex

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
hplusson tb14, dura ace 7600, vitoria supercorsa

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
hplusson tb14, dura ace 7600, vitoria supercorsa

¥3,500: Pre-loved F550

This 56cm raw F550 is in great condition, complete with all the F5 standard goodness. Novatec hubs, deep dish rims, pista crankset, drop bars and set up as a single speed with one front brake. Just 3,500RMB - first come first serve.

11.11 Save Big on Taobao

Being in China gets you access to the biggest online store in the world - Taobao. On November 11th every shop goes buck wild and basically gives things away. We're doing the same. 20% off lattice chainrings, free custom paint jobs on all frame orders and free gifts if you spend over 200RMB. Get your shopping on and be sure to take advantage of the goodness.

F550s Custom : Tom

Complete with a killer blue on black paint job and the perfect city smashing set up, Tom's custom F550s ticks all the boxes. Set up as a single speed with front and rear brakes, it was built with some of the finest components; Thomson seatpost and stem, H Plus Son TB14 rims, gran compe hubs, Fyxation saddle and tyres, and our F5 carbon fork. Check out the bike pron below.

We're Moving

The F5 headquarters are about to pick up and move across town. It's been three years that we've been working out of our Jiangsu Lu hideaway, but those days are over. As of November 17th the workshop doors are closed (for about a week) while we make the upgrade to something truly spectacular. Bigger, better and we can't wait to show you. Just hang tight and we'll make sure it's worth the wait. We're going to try our best to answer all e-mails and fulfill all online orders, but if you don't hear from us for a day or two you'll know why. Stay tuned for news about the new secret location, including our opening party! It's going to be one for the record books.

The F5 Keychain

Simple, clean, practical and made from bike parts. The F5 keychain is our answer to that quick-release carabiner that holds the keys to your beloved, the bike. With a full stainless steel body, bike inner tube lanyard, big sturdy key ring and a built in bottle opener you'll wonder why you ever used anything else. Available online and in our shop for just 50RMB (8$) - perfect for everyday and ready to take some clip-on clip-off abuse.

F550s Digital Camouflage Adventures

If you haven't been on our Instagram feed lately then you might have missed the Canadian adventures of our F550s Digital Camouflage track bike. It's been ridden up and down the East Coast, over some pretty gnarly roads and up some crazy hills. Check out this quick gallery complete with tons of bike pron and incredibly blue skies!

La Course Des Morts 2014

This past weekend in Montreal was the world famous Halloween inspired alleycat race, La Course Des Morts. This year was the 14th anniversary, meaning it was going to be the biggest and best to date. With bicycle messengers traveling from all over the world to compete it makes for one great event and a very competitive environment. We were lucky enough to be in town for the weekend and sponsored the main race with a couple lattice chainrings. Thursday night was the group ride / meet and greet, Friday was the 'out of towners alleycat race', and Saturday was the main race worth all the bragging rights.

' Group gathering at the clock tower, just moments before the main race'

' Riders slowly arriving while the sun sets along the river '

A big part of the weekend is being able to cruise and explore the city of Montreal with other bike-minded people. One of the best spots to climb and cruise down is without a doubt Mont Royal - located in the heart of the city, and a pretty challenging climb for those riding brakeless track bikes. But let us assure you, the views are well worth it!

' On top of Mont Royal - break time before the quick descent '

' A touch of lattice love with the Montreal Cross '

Saturday night was the main race and drew over 150 competitors riding all kinds of bikes; cross, road, mountain, single speed cruisers, tandems and brakeless track bikes. Riders were told to leave their bikes in the main vacant parking space, lock them, and then all gathered about 500 meters away while organized stuffed checkpoint manifests in their spokes.

' Locked, checkpoint ready and waiting to rip - caught a few lattice chainrings at the race! '

As riders sprint to unlock their bikes, form teams and figure out their route you can feel the excitement in the air. The two part race (yes, there is a second checkpoint manifest you receive once you've finished the first) stretches just short of 80Km - so for some the night ends up being a fun ride through the city, and for others a race to win some killer swag.

' Riders sprint to unlock their bikes and read their checkpoint manifest '

' A couple of couriers planning their next checkpoint stop, enjoying the subzero ride '

 All in all a fantastic weekend, killer race and a great opportunity to meet bicycle messengers from all over the world. Big thanks to Kelly, Bruno, Jesse and Andrew for all the organization and hospitality. If you're ever in Montreal during Halloween be sure to participate in one of the best underground cycling events in North America! Oh, and check that #laCDM14 hashtag on Instagram for more photos!