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, 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.


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


1980s Olmo


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