Brian D. Silber Fund Boston Strong Jesse Anthony Replica Bike

Mark Strasnick on 31 Mar, 2017

A very special bike being auctioned for a great cause


Apex Velo is proud to be a part of helping the Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund auction off this one of a kind bike. It will be on display in the shop during the month of April.


“Boston Strong” Diamondback Podium Equipe Road Bike

A custom painted “Boston Strong” Diamondback Podium Equipe, designed and painted to commemorate the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has been donated to the Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund.  The bike is one of only four custom painted frames in the Boston Strong colors.  It mirrors the bike ridden by professional cyclist and Beverly, MA native Jesse Anthony for Optum Pro Cycling during stage one of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California.  The frame takes visual cues from Boston’s iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.

Charles Aaron, owner and managing director of Optum Pro Cycling, was so touched by Brian and his legacy that he decided to donate this bike to Brian’s Fund.  Since Brian was a Boston native and former employee of UnitedHeathcare (sister company of Optum), Charles thought the bike was an ideal match for Brian’s Fund.  

Brian’s Story

Brian D. Silber was a warm, athletic, intelligent young man who grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts.  He graduated with honors from Tufts University in 1990 where he was an active member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Tufts Hillel, and Varsity Baseball Team.  Brian achieved great success in his career as a sales executive at Travelers/UnitedHealthcare, where he was viewed as a rising professional.  Throughout his life, Brian touched all who knew him with his kind and sensitive manner. 

Sadly, Brian was diagnosed with a malignant spinal cord tumor at age 26.  When it became clear that he wouldn’t beat his cancer, Brian remained true to character and requested that a fund be established to support research on spinal tumors and improve the outcome for spinal tumor patients.  In 1996, Brian’s family established the Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund to make Brian’s dream become a reality. 


Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund (briansilberfund.org)

The Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund supports spinal tumor research, clinical services, and educational programs.  Through grants to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brian’s Fund has been critical in establishing and supporting the Brian D. Silber Spine Tumor Clinic at MGH.  This first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment options for patients with spinal tumors, conducts innovative research on the causes and treatments of spinal tumors, and provides far-reaching education through lectures and laboratory work.  To date, over $2 million has been raised to support the Brian D. Silber Spine Tumor Clinic.  It is clear that Brian’s Fund is making a difference in the lives of spinal tumor patients and their families.  


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Frame – 54 cm Diamondback Podium Equipe

Groupset – 2015 SRAM RED 11-speed Road Carbon Full Group

SRAM RED 22 Double Tap Shifters (2x11-speed, Carbon Fiber)

SRAM RED 22 Rear Derailleur (Short-cage, Carbon Fiber)

SRAM RED 22 Crankset (172.5mm, 53/39T, Carbon Fiber)

SRAM RED 22 Front Derailleur (Brazed-on)

SRAM PowerGlide 1190 Cassette (11-26T)

SRAM RED Brake set

Wheelset HED Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset – Clincher

Tire Type:  Clincher

Depth:  24.5 mm 

Rim Width:  [external] 25 mm, [internal] 20.7 mm 

Hubs:  HED Black Sonic 

Skewers:  stainless steel 

Spokes:  Sapim CX-Ray 

Spoke Count:  18 / 24 

Claimed Weight:  1,485 g

Purchase of the bike includes a custom fit of handlebars, stem, and seat post by Apex Velo

Retail value: $6,000 

Buy it now for $4,500, or best offer during the month of April 2017 (minimum offer: $2,500) 

All proceeds from the sale of the bike will be donated to Brian’s Fund

To purchase the bike or to make an offer, please see the Apex Velo staff

or contact Karen Weissel at 617-796-9986 or [email protected]


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