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 been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.