Category Archives: road bike
The Return of the Slim Chance

While Chris Chance and Fat City might be known best for their MTB, segmented forks and revolutionizing the tig-welding process for frame building, they also had a very successful road bike, dubbed the Slim Chance 2.0. Well, with the relaunch of the brand and its hardtail MTBs, Fat City has just announces their new Slim Chance frames… Check out these details and head over to Fat Chance to see more!

-Available as a frame, ENVE carbon fork and Chris King headset package for $2295.
-Segmented steel Yo Road Fork will be available as an option in the coming weeks.
-Painted stem upgrade options; Carbon (ENVE) for $355, Alloy for $250.
-Choice of mechanical or electronic shifting options at no extra charge.
-4 colors inspired some of our favorite Slim’s from the past; Blue, Pearl White, Pale Yellow and Red.
-Framesets ship in 4-6 weeks, complete bikes in 6-8 weeks.

Apr 15, 2016 16 comments
Speedvagen Launches their Ready-Made Program with the OG-1 Road Machine

What if I told you that you can ride a Speedvagen, completely built with Shimano components, for $5,385? Oh and it’ll be ready to ride in 1-2 weeks. Today Speedvagen announces their Ready-Made Program with the OG-1 road machine. I’ve been riding one for a few weeks now and it’s a total blast. There’s a full review coming shortly, but for now, check out Speedvagen’s press release below, complete with a full component break-down and tons of detail photos… (more…)

Apr 12, 2016 38 comments
Jaegher Brown and Orange Road
Jaegher Brown and Orange Road

Trade shows aren’t the easiest to digest, especially coming off of NAHBS, where I got to photograph the literal cream of the crop in terms of custom framebuilders. So when I was invited to attend the Berliner Fahrradschau, I had no idea what to expect. Well, that’s not entirely true. I knew a few things about the European market. First off, professional cycling pedigree. Racing made its roots in Europe. Infrastructure’s another huge plus. Cities were laid out, in the most part anyway, for the bicycle. A lot of the European brands reflect that in their offerings.

Back to that first point: pro cycling pedigree. While the US has a lot of builders who have supplied Olympic and professional athletes frames for various occasions, it’s hard to come close to Europe. Case in point: Jaegher. (more…)

Mar 19, 2016 17 comments
2016 NAHBS: English Ombré Road with SRAM Red eTap Re-Up
2016 NAHBS: English Ombré Road

Looks like we figured out why the original post wasn’t displaying for you during our initial NAHBS coverage, so without further ado…

Let me give you a background real quick: Oh my oh my. I’ve never had the opportunity to photograph an English before, so when I saw this one sitting in the ENVE booth, I had to snatch it up while I could. Let me tell you, getting this bike to stay put while I was setting it up in my photo studio was nerve-wracking. This bike was so well balanced that I couldn’t get it to sit still.

Anyway, onto the bike. English‘s bikes are some of the most beautiful machines to grace the halls of NAHBS each year and this one is no exception. With a clean ombré paint job, flat mount disc rear end, ENVE wheels, SRAM RED eTap and an elegant internal routing port at the head tube, this bike turned heads and sparked conversations as I wheeled it back to my studio.

Bravo, English on making my absolute favorite road bike of the show so far!

Mar 17, 2016 9 comments
The 8Bar Bike Mitte Converts from a Road to an All-Road

Berlin’s 8Bar Bikes recently launched a Kickstarter for their new Mitte road bike. The Mitte is unlike anything offered before by the brand in that with a swap of the fork and adjustment of the slider dropouts, it can convert its head, seat angles and bb drop to essentially turn and tune itself from a road bike to an all-road bike. It’s an interesting approach to design, especially if you truly can only have one bike…

Mar 17, 2016 13 comments
Hitters in the Dark

In winter months, you’ve got to make use of every hour of the day, including the darkest hours of the morning.

Mar 7, 2016 7 comments
2016 NAHBS: Bastion Cycles 3D Printed Ti and Carbon Road
2016 NAHBS: Bastion Cycles 3D Printed Ti and Carbon Road

The technology is there and a few builders are utilizing it for sure, but you don’t often see a 3D printed frame with elegance like Bastion Cycles‘ titanium and carbon road bike. This thing is a beauty and for me, was a pleasure to photograph. I love the contrast of materials, the 3d-printed NAHBS insignia on the driveside dropout and the mean fuckin’ stance of this road bike. See for yourself in the gallery!

Mar 2, 2016 44 comments
2016 NAHBS: Calfee Manta Pro Road with Sram Red eTap
2016 NAHBS: Calfee Manta Pro Road

Calfee‘s bikes are truthfully, some of the hardest to photograph. It’s like my lights just liquify them and all I get are bright reflections, rendering these beautiful machines useless to post. This year, I tried something new however and the digital renderings of this Manta Pro road bike truly capture this bike’s beauty. Look, Calfee makes damn usable art and these bikes are the most unique creations at NAHBS. They appear to be some ancient beast, laying dormant in chrysalis…

Feb 29, 2016 15 comments
2016 NAHBS: Jeremiah Kille Caletti Road
2016 NAHBS: Jeremiah Kille Caletti Road

John Caletti‘s custom titanium machines are always a pleasure to shoot and this road bike is the prize of his booth at NAHBS. He reached out to Jeremiah Kille to hand draw all over the frame, fork, stem, and even commissioned him to design matching bar tape. It didn’t end there. If you check out the Caletti Instagram, you’ll see the matching Giro shoes and helmet too!

At a show where over the top paint jobs reign supreme, it’s nice seeing someone take this approach to frame embellishment…

Feb 27, 2016 6 comments