Category Archives: road bike
Photos by Matthew Miller
As a small frame building operation, you often enlist the aid of your friends, in similar sized, adjacent creative companies. Whether it’s a web developer, or in this case, a photographer, knowing the right people can really help get your work out there.
Case in point is Matteo and Aaron Stinner‘s relationship. Matteo shoots all of Stinner’s bikes, with the most recent being his own road. Built with Chris King, SRAM Red and a Thomson cockpit, Aaron and Matteo took the time to concoct the best mixture for paint.
This grey color powder has pearl and flake built in, resulting in a powder that looks like wet paint Something that is not easily captured in photos… yet Matteo did.
See more below!
I know the whole point of the Firefly Bones project is to offer a unique *steel* frame, made in Boston and hand illustrated by Eric Bones, but I can’t help but think these are the best looking collaboration bikes to come from a frame builder and I’d love to see them go into full-scale, mass production.
Each of these builds have unique details as well. What caught my eye here was that titanium stem and the proportions of those Dura Ace cranks. This bike looks mean.
See more details at the Firefly Flickr.
… has something for everyone. Track bikes, singlespeed, commuter, cross, road. You name it. Check out more at Issuu and at Bombtrack.
This machine was a piece of cake for Santa Barbara’s Aaron Stinner. Or rather, the customer was a piece of cake. As a returning client, he knew exactly what he wanted. Something simple, clean and efficient. The only stipulation was it had to have Dura Ace on it and a set of Luxe Wheelworks.
Aaron contacted Justin and they both got to pick out the wheels, leaving the rest of the frame for Aaron to design. The customer even let him pick the color scheme and and all the components.
It just happened to be Stinner’s 100th bike as well and the last bike to be built in his garage. Not a bad way to bid adieu to his hold shop, huh? See more below!
Colossi really nailed the look, proportions and overall design of this one. The new Bikkake XCr road frame looks great built up with Campagnolo Chorus 11 and that King headset. Check out more photos at the Colossi Flickr.
Road technology, with regards to custom framebuilders, often flattens out and begins to form into a mesh of nuances, or details. Case in point is this new Talbot Dalsnibba road. Di2 is by no means new tech, yet the mixture of the rear brake placement, ISP, wishbone stay and sleeved lugwork makes me really want to comb this bike over, piece by piece with a camera. Luckily, photographer Phil Rooney has already done that. To see the rest of Phil’s photos, head to the Talbot Frameworks gallery.
Oh and the color ain’t bad either!
If you’re an industrial or product designer, who dreams of working in the industry, you should really check this out. These new Firefly dropouts were machined at Cantabrigian Mechanics and solve the many disc-related problems that have arisen since road bikes adapted the braking technology.
I don’t wanna spoil the fun, so head over to Peter Verdone’s blog for the full story!
Baum Cycles’ endless drive to deliver 100% customized frames to their customers culminates in this Cubano for a Cuban gentlemen. Non-drive chainstay etching, special top tube logo treatment and a choice selection of colors. See more at the Baum Flickr!
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.
Czech builders Festka recently completed the development of their newest frame project, simply titled, ONE. Boasting a 60% stiffer layup process than previous Zero models, these custom road frames will be available shortly, with custom geometry and paint, at Festka.
See more below.