2017 Philly Bike Expo: Stanridge Speed Road with FSA WE – Jarrod Bunk

2017 Philly Bike Expo: Stanridge Speed
Photos by Jarrod Bunk, Intro by John Watson and Words by Adam from Stanridge Speed

When modern builders utilize NOS tubing from the late 80’s, the results are more often than not, mind-blowing. Take this Stanridge Speed road bike from this year’s Philly Bike Expo. As soon as I saw it, I knew Adam had selected Gilco tubing (or is it?), yet there’s much more to the story, of which I’ll let Adam do the talking.

Adam, can you tell me about the Philly Bike Expo road bike? I’m suspecting there’s more than meets the eye here…

“I built the bike in conjunction with 7th and Park in Brownsville. It’s part of a larger project consisting of six available tubesets we’re making into frames. Three track and Three road. All the sets are NOS from the tail end of the golden era of steel in 1986. Most of the tubes are date coded. Columbus etched the iconic Dove and born on dates in the tubes in an effort to reduce false advertising by unscrupulous builders during this era. The story goes, builders in the 1980’s masked the imprinted doves on the tubing only to reveal the mark after the painting process.

One half of the Fabrica framebuilding team in Milano is a self-admitted nerd when it comes to NOS componentry including tubing. He scored the motherload of these NOS tubes a few years back. I met the guys at Fabrica through the RHC 5 years ago.. which ultimately led to the remaining tubing cache on the shelf within arms reach. What you see with the Columbus SLX tubing modified by Silva was an attempt to increase rigidity by adding surface area while remaining braze-able into a lug.

It was nice to work with the team at FSA to build a frame around their wireless WE group. Visually revisiting the smaller diameters feels refreshing in contrast to the current double oversize shaped modern steel offerings. It’s the Juxtaposition. These tubes remind me of how steel has constantly been Johnny Hustle over the years – the hardest worker – in this case – to stay competitive against aluminum in the eyes of a broad consumer base.

I like underdogs and I’ve never waivered from Steel.

How does this tubeset feel? Do you think it ever had the slightest idea these components would be hung from its bones… Ha. Too much time alone at the workbench I guess.”

Now that’s a story!

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  • Nick Meulemans

    Very good looking bike, probably the best I’ve seen so far with the new FSA WE group!

  • Ryan Le Garrec

    Steel is rad, no doubt!

  • Adam Leddin

    Holy good mother of god that is one of the most beautiful goddamn bikes I have ever seen. Nice one Adam.

    • AdamEldridge

      Yo! thanks A1!

  • Jared Jerome

    Stanridges are always outside of the box race car bikes. He rides the line between making each bike really unique, but still being identifiable as a Stanridge. Now that he’s welding too, I’m always curious to see how he decides to stick those tubes together.

    • AdamEldridge

      Thanks Jared. It’s been fun seeing your work evolve over the past few years.

  • Performance aside, I will admit to not being a fan of that FSA group. aesthetically, I feel it let’s the bike down. But that’s just aesthetics. They don’t mean much. But that frame. Good god, that frame. Not to minimise the incredible modified tubing, but it’s the geometry here that’s the true winner. Look at that geometry. It’s fucking savage, and it does that headbadge proud. it’s angry, just sitting still, and I love it. 👌🏼

    • The FSA group is semi wireless, so there arent any wires coming from the shifter to the main frame, the only connection is between front and reasr mech and battery. It’s really a clean system, and the lever ergonomics are great. That being said could you imagine a 7400 DA group on it?

      Adam killed it with the construction of the frame/fork thats for sure!

    • JimmyMcNulty

      Something about the silver on the crankset makes it look far cheaper than it undoubtedly is…

      • I agree. That crankset just doesn’t do it for me. The rest of the group is fine enough, and I’m sure performs top notch. That crank though…

  • Dan Coppola

    @AdamEldridge:disqus This bike is awesome! I have a question regarding bike design as it relates to new tech: Do you ever have any reservations about building a frame that is specific to the components that are hung on it? For example, this frame looks like it has some internal routing from the seat tube and through the chainstay for the wire connecting the derailleurs, but no provision (that I can see) for wires from the bars to the BB / seat tube to run Di2?

    • AdamEldridge

      Hi Dan! Great eye and foresight. This photo happens to contain one of the proto rear derailleurs (James goes into WE specifics below this comment). With that in mind we’re planning on WiFLi onward. We were aware going in so no provisions for electric are required for this machine. All bikes in the series are bespoke allowing the owner to spec as desired. Hope this makes sense, I’ve been painting without a respirator.

  • ARNO

    @[email protected]:disqus what a masterpiece! Thanks for the heads up, I am always happy to see were all those vintage tubes i sell end.
    I love to look for them in old workshops and collect them, and eventually share them with other builders to bring amazing frames to life.
    Thank you Adam.
    Francesco – FABRICA CYCLES

  • Columbus Ohio

    It’s funny to me that y’all continue to cover this dude and his bicycles. Not only do they sheer off at the headtube frequently, but his customer service is just shot.

    That being said, dude is a sociopath that treats women like they’re objects and uses them to further his brand. There’s a reason he packed up and left Columbus, no one here fucking likes him.

  • Craig Miller

    What’s up with the steerer tube not being long enough to have the top headset nut?

    • colavitos_ghost

      very good question

  • AaronBenjamin

    The frame is DAMN GORGEOUS. Build kit… not really a fan.

    • RX178

      Needs downtube shifters, cabling and none of that hidden cable crap.

  • RX178

    Beautiful bike.
    Gorgeous!
    Needs Downtube shifters and exposed cables tho.

    • Cyclosaurus-rex

      Then it would just be a repo. As it is the mix of old and new styles is what makes it unique. Not even putting modern parts on a vintage frame could emulate the finer points of this build.

  • Andrew Demack

    I associate this style of crimped tubing only with Colnago Master Lights … it’s wonderful to see it be used on a new (& beautiful!) frame. And put whatever stuff you think will work on it, but aesthetically I would’ve used more silver components. I bet it’s a lovely bike to ride!

    • Yeapppp! Gilco tubing was used with those.

  • Superpilot

    I love OG steel bikes as much as the next guy. But I don’t get the hassle on the build. Is it a modern race bike? It certainly is in terms of geo. I think hanging modern components on a race bike is just fine. Why shouldn’t a steel bike be made to be modern? Because steel bike building is an old process? Back to single pivot calipers, box rims and tubs for us all then..
    Surely you can have classic style builds and modern style builds on steel frames, they’re not mutually exclusive eh?

    • I totally agree with you on modern components giving new life to classic frames(styles). In fact seeing classic style frames with modern componetry is always cool. It reminds me of ‘resto-mods’ from muscle car culture. Personally though, I don’t like the aesthetics of this FSA group. I also think the latest Dura Ace cranks are too fat to look good on any small diameter tubed frame. Just keep in mind, we’re all just sharing our personal opinions, and everyone’s is different.

  • duperay

    wew, that headbadge looks like it’s coming right out of 4chan/pol