Anybody know anything about this particular bike or the brand?
XB3 = HVZ Harkov Velociped Zavod, a Russain brand
Not Russian, but Ukranian (ex-USSR). This is a cheapest frame, what mades on this bike factory.
About ХВЗ bike
Yuo can also read about it on this forums
bike on photo is “Рекорд” (Record) made on ХВЗ
Рекорд = Record, XB3 is Ukrainian not Russian. I read a pretty informative thread on Fixed Gear London about these bikes at some point. There are also a bunch of XB3’s on PedalRoom, one is nearly identical to this very bike.
If somebody have any questions about soviet/ukranian/russian frames, feel free to ask me via email, or in my blog: zookraine.com
I owned one. Khirkov, and they produced the bicycles for the Soviet team.
Great geometry, but terrible craftsmanship. Bad brazing. Mine was from 1989, so, not a happy time in the USSR. It finally died last summer … loud ping ping ping noises coming from the tubes, I think there was a crack.
http://velosov.blogspot.com/2013/01/156-421.html + google translate
and how about this gem (same factory as Record)
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