The Needle fist leapt of the drawing board and into battle on the fixed-gear racing scene back in 2015. Continuously being tweaked and adjusted since then, the bike has become something of a benchmark for a fixed criterium race bike. Opting for steel over aluminium of carbon was always the starting point. With race surfaces being far from 'butter' smooth the importance for the bike to remain in contact with the ground is paramount in holding a line through the tight corners. The inherent 'give' of steel can be engineered and controlled in the frame design to help absorb the bumps keeping the rider in full control. Knowing the bike will respond predictably through the corners inspires confidence to commit a line, and take it faster with every lap. Over the past few years the Needle has proved itself not only in domestic races, but also on the world stage of the Red Hook Crit series.
The Needle uses a criterium race geometry developed throug collaboration with TeamWIT. A higher BB gives the Needle the ability to corner lower, allowing for the fastest line to be taken through every corner. The Columbus Cromor double-butted front triangle is used for its lightweight yet durable properties, ideal when crashes are common. The carbon fork with deep section blades and tapered alloy steerer tube help the Needle slice through the field, whilst the SRAM Omnium crankset allows for a smooth and efficient power delivery.