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Joss Delage

Maker of radical-design bikes list Ayn Rand as an influence

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About Confederate Bikes:

Founded 21 years ago in Baton Rouge, La., by former attorney Matt Chambers, Confederate hand-builds some of the most outrageously unorthodox machines on the planet, radical exercises in American industrial aesthetics. Mr. Chambers lists influences from Caravaggio to King David to Ayn Rand.

http://on.wsj.com/uOxbwQ

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From the piece Joss linked to:

Confederate wants to broaden its sales with the more affordable ($45,000), Ed Jacobs-designed X132 Hellcat, debuting this month. This is the first bike that will exploit the Renovatio's frameless concept: The 132-cubic-inch, S&S-built engine is a load-bearing structural element, suspended like a girder between the stupendous front engine mount and rear pivot. The cylinders' downpipes merge in an underslung exhaust nacelle that looks like it should vent ionized plasma.

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"The aesthetic is not arbitrary," said Mr. Jacobs. "It is made of up functional components speaking to each other, of the conversation of the parts of the bike." As in Tadao Ando's architecture, "structure and function are intuitively understood."

Jacobs on design (3-minute video):

Mr. Jacobs, [the company's designer,] tries to keep office hours in synch with the shop in Birmingham, but when deadlines loom, he will pull all-nighters, as many as four in a row. "Design is a funny thing," Mr. Jacobs said. "You can keep going and going. Eventually you have to draw a line in the sand, but you keep pushing it to the last minute."

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