1953 Viking Short Base Underslung Tracker

Viking Short Base Underslung Tracker

Wow, just have a look at those chain stays. This bike was build by Trevor Jarvis and is an exact replica of a ’53 SBU Tracker.  It was built with the intention of a achieving a stiffer rear end and BB area – better suited for velodrome racing and sprinting.

Photos and story via Classic Cycle US

The original SBU bikes are a bit of a rarity, with only seven bikes ever having been produced.  The radical design of the chain stays was meant to produce a more stable, and at the same time a better sprinting, bike for the velodrome.

The reality was that the bikes were a bit whippy when sprinting out of the saddle.

More shots below

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Viking Short Base Underslung Tracker

Viking Short Base Underslung Tracker

Viking Short Base Underslung Tracker

Viking Short Base Underslung Tracker