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Token were displaying a very unusual bike at Eurobike last week in the shape of their one-off Rebel. The bike has been handbuilt from carbon and alloy parts that have each been sanded and filed to remove moulding and machined lines for an ultra-smooth finish.

The frame and fork have been decorated with original tattoo-inspired designs, etched by hand using a fine needle.

The parts used here all began as Token components, but they were all then refined or reshaped by hand and then polished up. None of the parts have been anodized, painted or treated.

You can see, for example, that those are Token’s Shark Tail Skewers but they’ve been reshaped and the graphics have been removed. It’s a similar deal with Token’s Heggset headset, 3D spacers and Diamond top cap.

The Carbon Offset seatpost has been etched with quotations over a marble-effect base.

The cranks and chainring were made especially for this bike.

The wheels are Token’s new Hero C45A clinchers that we told you about recently, with fixed gear spacers created exclusively for this bike across the freehub. Token do call the Rebel a fixie but it has standard dropouts and whether that freehub still works as a freehub, we’re not sure. The bike has no brakes so either it is a fixed gear or you're going to go through the soles of your shoes pretty fast... or, most likely, it's just a display model that'll never actually be ridden.

The Rebel is a show-only bike; it’s not available for sale.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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ped [208 posts] 2 years ago
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… it has standard dropouts …

Which I guess explains the woefully slack chain.
Fun bike tho'. If you're a hipster.  3

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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Who the hell goes out to make a one off custom made bike like this to then not put track dropouts on?

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Pierre [93 posts] 2 years ago
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What they said - why go to all this fuss on a bike, only to mis-match components? If it's a "show-only", bike, it's going to get looked at. And people will notice the bits that won't work. Even a half-link would have made that chain look better. And fixed-wheel and quick-release?

Incidentally, I think that's one of the ugliest bikes I've ever seen...

< /gripe >

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Leviathan [1778 posts] 2 years ago
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gackk  31

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Tjuice [170 posts] 2 years ago
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Agree with all the above. Looks like a total disaster to me.

Do you think it was the boss's son's school project?

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Grizzerly [252 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it looks crap!

What a lousy advert for Token, whoever they may be!