Tracklocross Race Machines of Awesomeness

A tracklocross bike can start life as any number of other types, but in all cases except a track bike, the conversion is mostly a lot of subtraction. The best candidates, other than a purpose-built frame by Squid or Surly or Destroy, are 1970s road bike frames because they are rich in the following attributes: What else are you gonna do with a 1974 Schwinn Super Le Tour? You could build it up as a period-correct road bike I suppose, but other than look really cool, it won't do anything as well as a modern road bike. But as a tracklocross rig it's just as competitive as anything on the "circuit" (ha), and you'll get all the hipster cred.

A note about track frames - most have very little tire clearance so they're not the best for tracklocross conversion. Some do, like the Traitor PBR bike below, but they are uncommon. And you'll probably need a different fork.


1971 Schwinn Paramount


1972 Tom Bromwich


1980s Miyata something-or-other


1988 Bianchi Campione d'Italia


late-'80s Peugeot Montreal Express


1974 Schwinn Paramount


2008 Traitor PBR Edition


2000s Spot


1970s Motobecane Super Mirage


1978 Schwinn World Sport


1972 Colnago (modern DA crank is there for the power meter... yeah it looks dumb, and might injure someone)


1980s Olmo


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