2017 Philly Bike Expo: Richard Sachs Candy Red Road Bike – Jarrod Bunk

2017 Philly Bike Expo: Richard Sachs Candy Red Road Bike
Words and photos by Jarrod Bunk

I remember this first time I had heard about Richard Sachs and his work.  I was 16,  flipping through some cycling magazines and a co-worker of mine at the time,  Em ( a much older and wiser person with over 30 years experience in the industry) told me to put them down and learn about Richard Sachs, stating that a Richard Sachs would be the only bike she could love.

This romanticised bikes in a way for me and I began to appreciate bikes with a bit more panache than the mountain bikes I grew up riding.  Fast forward a few years, and I’ve seen many bikes,  but this candy red Richard Sachs caught my eye from across the PBE show floor.  From the symmetric headtube logo to the dropouts, to one of the most beautiful seat-tube clusters.  I am blown away by just how beautiful each detail is up close.  The bike as a whole is a work of art and elegance, from a builder that we are lucky enough to experience in this lifetime. ATMO

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  • AaronBenjamin

    I have always dug Sachses. A nice clash of modern and classic in this bike. I think the only detail that I can’t get behind is the top tube mounted cable. I sit on my top tube a lot and it would just bug me!

    • Matthew J

      Sachs bikes are for cross racing. Cable needs to be on top of the tube or in it, otherwise it gets in the way of shouldering.

      • Mario

        I think the OP was suggesting it could be internally routed.

        • Jim Holland

          Also not a cross bike…

        • Luigi Bababooey

          Yep, I was responding Matthew J’s post that Sachs are for cross racing. Richard builds both road and cross; the bike in the picture is a road bike. Thanks.

      • Luigi Bababooey

        The bikes at the PBE were both road bikes. Richard places the stop in this position for the cleanest cable run and housing arc. In the past, he did some internal routing, but current bikes have this configuration. His cross bikes have FD, RD, and rear brake cables on the top tube.

        • AaronBenjamin

          That’s ingenious! It does certainly prevent the stay or seat tube from being rubbed from the rear cable housing moving from the act of braking. Personally, I’d still rather position the brake cable to prevent having to sit on it though. Internal routing is sort of a kludge too in my opinion. All design is going to require compromises, but I can see the method behind his reasoning.

        • Matthew J

          Thanks makes sense. Saw Sachs with his team colors and just assumed Cross. Of course in the early days, road bikes and cross bikes were one and the same.

          Internal routing more often than not requires odd twists exiting the top tube. Certainly glad RS does not worry about comfort of riders sitting on the tube when deciding cable routing.

    • Paul Taylor

      First world, white boy problem.

  • Hollis Duncan

    Lush

  • Scott Brown

    You know, sometimes you see a bike and you say to yourself “wow, this is a beautiful bike”. But then you see an actual beautiful bike and you say “oh never mind, THIS is a beautiful bike”. This is an actual beautiful bike.

  • YES. To every single detail. Just beautiful. My kind of bike.

  • George T Rosselle

    You cannot do better than a Richard Sachs frame with Joe Bell paint. I don’t understand why he bothers to attend the show when he is not accepting any orders at this time. Is it to torture us with what we cannot have?

    • James Rollins

      in all seriousness, I think he comes to that show because he has a lot of fun!

      • Richard Sachs

        True. Bina and Co. make the experience fun and real. Regarding the comment from George T Rosselle above, I took the phone off the hook because we ended up relocating twice in nine years and both times I had to create a workshop for scratch, meaning variances, permits, architectural designs, contractors, and down time. Now that we’re once again settled, the plan is to hit the reset button once I catch up. That will be soon. Note I haven’t said boo about this or related since 2008 but know full well the non-facts and memes that surround what others assume I do, or don’t. That’s their game of telephone at work and has nothing to do with real life as I live it.

        My site will make mention when I get near to that fateful day when I hit the button. Out.

  • adventureroadbiker

    I’m really surprised that with the attention to detail that Richard Sachs is so well known for that the front wheel looks like it’s off to one side. Maybe just the photo? I would still sell a kidney to own this bike.

  • Christopher Peltzer

    Wow that paint. and..everything else

  • Adam Leddin

    Always awesome branding by the prodigious House Industries, too.

  • Richard

    Glorious.

  • Peter Chesworth

    Distilled purity. No better integration of lugged steel with modern parts. It would be a marvellous ride, assuming one could go for more than 100 metres without someone stopping you to ask about this bike.

  • I’ve always been of the opinion that the classic flat crown was far better looking than the Cinelli style integrated sloping fork crown that’s been so popular on top end road bikes since the 70’s. Besides the obviously beautiful paint, it’s that fork crown that’s the biggest stand out on this bike. So good. So very good.

  • Pascal K

    what a beauty!

  • Erik Waldner

    Just out of curiosity: Is that a 1″ steerer tube? I can’t decide from the photos alone, but it kind of looks that way.

  • Papi

    Found the ol ‘4mm housing in the 5mm ferrule’ easter egg in photo # 23. What do I win?

    Also, this is a very nice bike.

  • AngryBikeWrench

    How much extra to get it with disc brakes? ;-)

  • White Mike

    Just here to point out the Joe Bell flaw in pic 16. Just a tiny bit of overfill. I bet this drove Dick Sachs nuts. #dicksachsnuts