Bike Checks

El Fakijoe’s Leader 722 Heritage Edition Bike Check

Here is my very first Trick Track setup that made me land into the Fixed Gear trick scene. With its ability to barspin and short geometry, I quickly fell in love with it and made the commitment to ride it till it will break.

The build evolved much (the major evolution was mounting the pair of H+SON Hydra instead of the Gipiemme Pista) and saw many forks bend in its head tube till it breaks!

Miroir D’Eau – Place Massena
Nice, France


The build is constantly evoluting as parts break and get replaced but here is the current component list

Frame: Leader 722 Heritage Edition Blue T58
Fork: Infiné Cycle (no name, from stock clearance) 1 1/8″
Headset: Tange Technoglide J-2
Wheelset: H+SON HYDRA 28″
Hubs: BLB Track 32H
Pedals: FYXATION Gates Black
Crankset: BLB Track 46T
Cog: Gusset 18T
Straps: Veganski FREESTYLE
Chain: KMC Black 1/8″
Stem: KONA DH Primo
Handlebar: KONA DH Primo
Grips: Vans x Cult Gum
Seat: Fizik Pavé
Seat Post: BBB 27.2mm

I bought the frame second hand and it was impressive to see how much tricks I made it endure. One day (in April 2021), I started hearing a strange high pitched metal noise coming from the front of the bike. I thought at the beginning that it was a noise from the front wheel bearings or from the fork bearings. But it was really strange. I finally gave a look to the frame and saw a crackle surrounding the down tube, just next to the head tube.

I was sad but I knew something was possible as it was steel. A friend brought me to a friend of his that welds big structures. He TIGged that shit up, and I was able to ride again, even with a stronger welding (he reinforced the junction between the head and down tube).

What a good day that was! Lucky to have this kind of kind friends!

For your information, at the moment I’m writing this the welding is still perfectly fine 4 months later!

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