Two never together with Ashton Lambie’s Affinity Ti GP
Ashton Lambie, world individual pursuit champion and world record holder, had never raced a mountain bike. Affinity Cycles had produced a number of track products, including the chainring Lambie used to set his world record, but it had never made a mountain bike.
This year Affinity made a titanium XC frame for Lambie, who raced it in the opening round of the Life Time Grand Prix at the Sea Otter Classic, his first-ever XC race.
Jason Gallacher founded Affinity Cycles as a track and courier-focused brand in New York a decade ago, and met Lambie when he was getting his start in track racing.
“His first year out, he was a sensation, and he and I hit it off, really early on,” Gallacher said. “Then he left and started doing amazing things, but we still stayed in touch.”
“He called me and said he was taking a break from track racing, which given his position on top of the world – that actually sounds very Ashton – but it was very wild” , said Gallacher. “When he asked for a mountain bike frame – he’s as much a mountain biker as Affinity is a mountain bike company – but we went. I’m the kind of person who jumps at the chance. As we are a small brand, I am able to pivot and we went from concept to sample in three months. The expectation with the Life Time Grand Prix is that it’s here to have fun and to pivot, and I’m all about it, keeping it fresh.
Lambie said he “absolutely loved the bike.”
“I’ve explored all kinds of trails around Houston and put in incredible miles. It’s comfortable on and off road, and super nimble around tight singletrack along Houston’s bayous,” he said. I have the full SRAM line, including the RockShox SID Ultimate fork, Eagle X01 groupset and Zipp 3ZeroMoto wheels.”
Check out the gallery below for a closer look and other thoughts from Lambie on the bike, which he assembled in California just before the Fuego 80K.
Lambie is racing Wild Horse Gravel this weekend on another special bike. Check back this weekend for a gallery and details on that.