Category Archives: frame builders
Will Black’s Cielo Road Racer with Dura Ace
Will's Cielo Road Racer with Dura Ace

The Cielo Road Racer is a favorite of mine and of Chris King dealers everywhere. Over at Mellow Johnny‘s, store manager Will Black ordered this size large around the same time I was reviewing the chartreuse x-large. He went all in with Dura Ace, Chris King, ENVE rims and the bright orange paint.

Mellow’s has had this bike on the shop floor all week and it’s creating a bit of a stir. Such flash for such little cash, when compared to bikes in the same pricepoint and higher even.

I couldn’t help but wish I could have gotten photos of this bike up in time for Halloween…

Nov 5, 2014 40 comments
Pass the Torch with Vanilla Bicycles and Coat Paint Shop
Pass the Torch with Coat Paint Shop

Pass the Torch with Vanilla Bicycles and Coat Paint Shop
Photos by Jeff Curtes words by Sacha White

I’d be willing to bet that if you surveyed a handful of frame builders, asking them what one of the bigger challenges they face would be, their answer would be paint. At least with the builders I converse with frequently, paint seems to be their biggest inconsistent component in the equation. From late jobs, to increase in rates, for someone who is trying to deliver a product on time, paint can be the literal last straw.

Perhaps this is why so many builders are moving towards in-house paint. Or, I should say, smaller framebuilders are moving to in-house paint. A move that Vanilla Bicycles decided would be a key development in their operations early on. The world looks to Speedvagen and Vanilla for inspiration, that’s no secret, but in an attempt to delve a little deeper, I asked Vanilla’s Sacha White to share Coat Paint Shop’s history and future in a Pass the Torch feature here on the Radavist…

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Nov 4, 2014 4 comments
Golden Saddle Rides: Haunted Hollows Stinner Off-Roadie
Golden Saddle Rides: Haunted Hollows Stinner Off-Roadie

Golden Saddle Rides: Haunted Hollows Stinner Off-Roadie
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

I guess this bike would be a little more Halloweeny if it was black and orange, but what the HELL, it’s not!

Stinner Frameworks provided the skeleton, and we installed the costume.

Matt, the owner of this bike knew exactly what he wanted. A no nonsense road bike that could take large enough tires to really get dirty. The Velo Orange Grand Cru brakes are what made his decision to go standard caliber, over a cantilever or Mini-Moto style brake. Besides the Chris King bits, the bike is outfitted with a full Ultegra kit. The ENVE bar and seatpost are keeping Matt comfy on long dirty rides. Be it road or dirt the bike is always outfitted with some skin walls, duh.

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Nov 3, 2014 14 comments
Horse Cycles: 29’r Complete
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It’s hard sometimes to visualize a bike’s potential from just a frame photo, which is probably why Thomas built up one of those 29’r framesets as a complete for a photo shoot. I still think this is one of the nicer 29’r production frames I’ve seen on the market and at that price, who can complain? Lovely. See more at the Horse Cycles Flickr and pricing at Horse Cycles.

Nov 3, 2014 Comments are OFF
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Photos by Dan Chabanov

I don’t know why, I but I really love these photos that Dan shot at Richard Sach’s shop. I also love that Team RS works on their own bikes, the night before a weekend of racing to build team dynamic.

See more at Dan’s Flickr.

Nov 2, 2014 4 comments
Winter Bicycles: Sean-Nós Road for Sale
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Live in the Philly area? Need a new road bike? Got a little extra coin saved up for something special? Well, you could be in luck. Erik from Winter Bicycles will be at the show and he’s selling this Sean-Nós road bike, complete!

See more photos at the Winter Flickr.

Oct 31, 2014 4 comments
Stinner Frameworks is Growing
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There’s been big changes going on at Stinner Frameworks HQ. For one, Aaron moved shop out of his garage and into a brand new workshop and yesterday, Stinner Frameworks welcomed their newest shop hand to the family, Chris Ellefson aka Mini Bear.

Read all about it at the Stinner blog. As eluded to previously, I can’t wait for my new Stinner cross!

Oct 28, 2014 5 comments