A beast in the concrete jungle.
Kiko Escora, also recognized in the art scene as the Manila Animal, is one of the first few people who sparked the resurgence of the fixed-gear scene in Manila. Kiko is notorious for his one-off geometries and designs which are guided by his passion for riding and the culture that comes with it. May it be long rides outside the city or fast-paced urban riding, the places he has ridden and hours spent riding, these things continue to inspire him. He has been designing his own custom geometries since, working closely with Ave Maldea, playing around with different measurements to fit his desired riding style.
Jeprox came about as Mark Astilla of The Project brought in new frame models for his brand. Kiko approached him, curious if The Project's supplier would accommodate a one-off aluminum frame with a more aggressive design based on the brand's new aluminum frameset. Of course the supplier declined, but instead Mark suggested they do a collaboration on a new track frame instead.
"The places I've ridden, hours spent riding, or just ogling other bikes; all these have inspired and still inspire me about bicycles."
"Jeprox was inspired by the aggressive nature of riding in the city, specifically Metropolitan Manila. It was designed to be an agile and aggressive street machine. A beast in a concrete jungle," says Kiko. "I wanted to try my usual custom geometry in aluminum this time. A bit aggressive for a production track frame but it's a good option for those who want something a little different."
For the fast and flashy decals on the frame, there is no team better to deliver than the guys of Team Manila. Jowee Alviar and Mon Punzalan, the brains behind the preeminent Filipino lifestyle brand, came up with the design that makes it seem that the frame is in constant movement.
"It is a collaborative effort by people who are passionate and who are doing their best in their respective fields."
He believes that the Jeprox project is successful as it is a well-designed and well-thought out local product, brand- and design-wise. It is a collaborative effort by people who are passionate and who are doing their best in their respective fields. Team Manila and The Project both have very impressive achievements on their rosters.
Launching-off of the success of Jeprox, Kiko bares further designs and collaborations with The Project and Team Manila. We are actually working on the next frame set design. All I can say for now is it's going to be quite different from the Jeprox," he adds.
However different it may be, it is definitely something to look forward to.
Check out more about the Jeprox and the brands behind the collaboration at the Daily Grind Store.