Category Archives: frames
Merckx Mondays

From time to time, enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors get an itch. An itch to make a vintage “replica” bike, modeled after any number of liveries or teams. For Andy White of FYXO, he really, really wanted a replica Molteni.

A frame came up in Eddy’s exact measurements, 58cm TT, 60cm ST, but it was from the wrong era, so he filed off the front derailleur hanger and painted the seat stay caps to resemble Eddy’s team bike. From there, fresh paint and decals were applied by Sun Graphics. He’s even got a flat crown fork, instead of the sloping crown.

Then, well, life happened. He had a kid and has to let her go. The frame, not his daughter.

This Molteni replica is available and I thought it’d be a perfect Merckx Mondays post. Holler at FYXO for more info and head to the FYXO Flickr for more photos.

Oct 27, 2014 Comments are OFF
Horse Cycles: White Stallion Production 29’r Hardtail MTB

Yikes! I didn’t expect to see this beauty when I was catching up on my Flickr browsing. Thomas at Horse Cycles just completed a run of production 29’r hardtails, complete with custom paint, done in house, right down to detailing the Rock Shox fork and ENVE stem. What do I think? Dirty thoughts… like a white horse fell into the mud dirty.

The price? $999 for a frame only, with a 3-4 week lead time. See more at Horse Cycles!

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
Shand Cycles: Stoater All-Road Bike
Shand 6-151

Lifestyle photos by Chris Blott

Shand calls the Stoater a “cross bike for people who don’t race cross” and here in the States, bikes like this get labeled “gravel grinders” or “adventure bikes”. I like to think of them as all-road bikes.

The Stoater can be run as a singlespeed, geared or Rohloff. Shand achieves versatility through using a PF30bb, so it can accept a Beer Components EBB and the Paragon Polydrop dropouts with interchangeable inserts. This, along with modular cable routing, drivetrain swaps are easy. Built from Reynolds 853 with Deda and Columbus stays, the Stoater can take what you can throw at it.

See more of the Stoater at Shand Cycles.

Oct 16, 2014 7 comments
Farewell Review: The Cielo Road Racer Di2
The Cielo Road Racer Di2

Reviewing bikes like the Cielo Road Racer is easy. Well, sort of. Isn’t the whole idea about a bike review to critically assess its potential for the market? That means looking and discussing honestly the strengths and the weaknesses.

Luckily, for Cielo, these were apparent after the first ride and continued to hold strong throughout the several weeks that the Road Racer Di2 was in my possession. Some of my critiques are merely aesthetic or tied in with the build kit on this particular bike.

Whatever my thoughts are, I can tell you, it’s gonna be tough to send her home.


Oct 2, 2014 29 comments
Check out Fairdale’s 2015 Parser Singlespeed Cross Bike

I know a lot of you have expressed an interest in a sub $1,000 cross bike complete. If you asked me back in 2010 when the Fairdale Parser was first launched, I wouldn’t have even considered it as an option, but now, the 2015 Parser is exactly that: a singlespeed cross bike for under a grand.

Head over to Fairdale to read more and look for the 2015 Parser in your local Fairdale dealer, any day now.

Oct 1, 2014 6 comments
House Industries Frames?

This is a project I’m looking forward to and have been sold to secrecy. All I can say is the new Velo font is launching soon and there are a few surprises in store… Check out the House blog for more updates!

Sep 30, 2014 1 comment