Category Archives: Columbus
Signal Cycles: The Pulse Road Bike
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The Pulse is Signal’s third production bike but you could probably say it’s their fastest. This bike just exudes speed, even sitting in the photo studio.

Signal went with a tapered Enve fork with a tapered headtube, double oversize Columbus Life tubes and pulled it all together in a tight, zippy geometry.

Available in the stock sizes additional options to play with like paint colors, component kits, disc brakes and Di2.

Prices start at $2500 for frame, fork and Chris King headset. Completes from $4500.

Check out more below and contact Signal for ordering options.

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Jun 4, 2014 1 comment
Introducing Wraith Fabrication: Made in the USA Cross and Road Frames
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Wraith Fabrication is the new project from Stanridge Speed’s Adam Eldridge. He plans on offering steel road and cross frames, at a production cost, while keeping production in Columbus Ohio. The Hustle road frame will use Columbus Life with upgraded Life S-bend stays and a Columbus tapered fork. There’s also a cross frame coming closer to season, the Paycheck.

Keep on top of Wraith’s progress at their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For those who want to support Wraith in other ways, check out the Wraith Softgoods!

Read up more below.

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May 20, 2014 11 comments
Early 90′s Colnago Master Columbus Gilco Tubing MTB
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The late 80′s and early 90′s saw a lot of serious shred sleds, many of which have become icons in the vintage MTB world. This is one of those icons, the early 90′s Colnago Master. These bikes were the epitome of Italian design and fabrication, notoriously behind the times when it came to tech – hence the chainstay mounted rear u-brake, but made with the same precision as their road-equivalence.

Using Columbus Gilco tubing and an arabesque seat tube cluster, the Masters are still some of the most iconic MTBs, over 20 years later.

The owner, Ray bought it off eBay, as is – sans the Campy QR, grips, pedals and computer. It’s immaculate and the details are just so wild, right down to the Shimano XT drivetrain, which is arguably better than the Italian counterpart… When I saw it atop of his caravan at the ATOC, I politely asked if I could photograph it.

May 19, 2014 19 comments
The Festka Hunter 29r with Gates Carbon Belt Drive
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I love what Festka is doing. They have been cranking out some gorgeous bikes with incredible finishes over the past few months, the latest being the Festka Hunter 29′r hardtail. Gates carbon belt drive, a Rohloff hub and Columbus tubing. Not bad! Make sure you follow @Festka on Instagram for daily photos and see more of this Festka Hunter below!

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Apr 4, 2014 6 comments
Bishop Bikes: Ben’s Columbus MS Road
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It’s been a long, long time since I first posted about Ben’s Columbus MS road frame. Last June, in fact. Chris and Ben both tracked down all the parts needed to build this beauty up and I gotta say, it’s one of the best road bikes I’ve seen come from Bishop. Which is saying a lot, considering my own and Michael‘s are still two stellar beauts.

Catch more of this insane road bike (if you can indeed catch it) at the Bishop Flickr!

Mar 26, 2014 4 comments
Merckx Mondays
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M-m-m-molteni Monday! While Tracko’s got a sweet Merckx Mondays post up, I’m adding to the bike coveting with this sick Molteni Pista up on eBay. If I had the money and if this thing was a little bit bigger, I’d swoop it up for sure. Some background, this is being sold by a reader, who’s a photographer in need of some new glass. I’ve been there before and it’s a tough sacrifice to make.

See the rest of Anthony’s Eddy Merckx Pista in high res here or try your luck, bidding on it at eBay!

Feb 17, 2014 2 comments
Marinoni: 40th Anniversary SL Road Frames

Marinoni, one of the most renown Canadian frame builders are celebrating 40 years of craftsmanship with an exclusive 40th Columbus SL road frameset:

“The Marinoni 40th Anniversary SL is a lugged tubular Columbus SL frame with a classic look and geometry. The frame is offered stock with a BSA Italian bottom bracket and a choice of either threaded or threadless steel fork. Options of chromed finish give it a nice retro look. The 40th Anniversary SL is offered in 5 stock sizes and is also offered with optional custom geometry.

Available as a frameset, or in three Campagnolo groupset of configuration: Veloce Silver, Athena Silver and the very exclusive 80th Anniversary.”

I love this so much and I wish more builders would engage in their heritage more. Seriously, what an awesome idea!

Feb 5, 2014 6 comments
The End of Summer Bummers
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It’s the end of Summer. That means my busiest time of year is finally over. After finally combing through all my random film scans, I’ve pulled together a big photoset filled with shots from all over the globe. From Zurich to Columbus, there are some gems in this one. See for yourself in the Gallery!

Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4 / Leica M7 28mm / Neopan 400

Oct 9, 2013 8 comments
Eurobike 2013: Cinelli and Columbus
Eurobike 2013: Cinelli and Columbus

Let’s face it, the name Cinelli and Columbus is synonymous with Urban Cycling. Personally, I feel like they’ve done a lot to bring alleycats, track bikes and general radness to the industry. Especially with sponsorships and their collaboration with MASH over the years.

At this year’s Eurobike, Cinelli’s booth featured an extensive Columbus display, the Bootleg HOBO with Lucas Brunelle’s video and the newest from MASH. I even ran into Red Hook Crit Barcelona champion Fish while I was shooting photos. Check out more in the Gallery!

Sep 1, 2013 3 comments
Eurobike 2013: Crema Cycles Steel Road
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Look, Eurobike is hella Euro and fluoro. I’m not interested in Cube’s offerings, or other large batch bike. I want to see how the smaller shops and distributors are tackling one of the most elusive offerings: the production steel road bike.

Crema Cycles seems to have their solution going in the right direction. Take this Columbus and True Temper mixed road frame. My size, Campagnolo 11, ENVE and Chris King throughout.

This bike is straight forward, lightweight and elegant without being ostentatious. So is there a down side? Not really. Other than I’d like to see one or two nice details to separate this frame from the rest out there but that’s always the challenge.

The Crema bikes look very simple. Something you’d not only travel with, but not cringe about locking up, depending on the build kit (those wheels!). That’s something I can appreciate. Check out more of this very nice bicycle in the Gallery!

Aug 30, 2013 14 comments