Category Archives: road bike
Speedvagen Surprise Me Rugged Road with Campagnolo EPS 11
Speedvagen Surprise Me Rugged Road with Campagnolo EPS 11

For one of this year’s new paint designs, Sacha White of Vanilla / Speedvagen worked with Japanese customer and brand buddy, Masashi Ichifuru, or Ichico as he’s called by friends. Ichigo initially helped Sacha design their Speedvagen National Kit for Japan.

When asked to describe the end result, Sacha White relayed the following:
“What he designed was quintessentially Japanese insofar as it had aspects that were refined and represented high craft, but it also had all of this killer, super cute Japanese pop culture vibe.”

The resulting kit that Ichico designed was a pattern of text alternating between Katakana and English, spelling out Speedvagen in the two alphabets. Mix in Speedvagen’s signature colors and it was so good it had to make its way on a bike frame, resulting in a visual representation of where Speedvagen is right now.

This Surprise Me paint scheme will make an appearance during this year’s CX season and it won’t be alone. Speedvagen will be releasing the desesign in new colors, that will be accompanied by some very special, traditional Japanese goods.

On to the build itself, we’re looking at a Rugged Road model, which is essentially a road bike with larger clearances and disc brakes. This particular bike was built using ENVE, Chris King bits and Campagnolo EPS 11 speed. Some notes of interest are the battery charging port at the bottom bracket cluster, the newly-designed Speedvagen disc dropout and that elegant seatpost topper.

On a personal note, this was one of my all-time favorite bikes from Vanilla…

Apr 24, 2015 42 comments
Ritte Racing’s New Stainless Disc Snob Road with Paul Klampers
Ritte Stainless Disc Snob Road Bike

For 2015, Ritte Racing has reenvisioned their Snob road frame to fully adopt disc brakes with 30mm tire clearances in mind. The new OS 630 Stainless frame is custom hardened in-factory, laser mitered and tig welded to last a lifetime. Each Snob Disc comes with a 1-1/4″ Enve Disc Road fork and Chris King IS-8 headset. To provide an ample platform for butting those oversized tubes together, the Disc Snob uses a PF30 bottom bracket, which coincidentally delivers stiffness where riders like to feel it.

This particular bike was on display at Sea Otter and was built using the latest working prototype Paul Klamper disc brakes. All I can say is there’s a whole lotta bad-assery going on here. Good job, Ritte!

Expect the Disc Snobs to drop in June with an MSRP of $3,000.

Apr 21, 2015 30 comments
Kona Four Corners: Zone

For their next Four Corners video, Kona kicks it into high and heads south. The Zone is designed for a road racer who wants a little more from their bike. This Scandium frameset utilizes the same geometry as the carbon Zone and includes a carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube. It also features internal routing, fender eyelets and room for up to a 32mm tire.

See more at Kona.

Apr 19, 2015 1 comment
SRAM’s New Force and Rival 1 Drivetrains
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If you’ve ever wanted more versatility in your cross bike, touring bike or all-road bike on a 1x platform, SRAM’s latest product venture might pique your interest. XX1’s original success has since trickled down on the mountain side to the ever affordable GX plaform and now, both Force and Rival offer 1x drivetrains to accompany CX1.

You can now run up to a 42t cassette on SRAM’s 1x road levers, provided your wheels are 135mm spaced with XD driver compatibility. Or, opt for the standard 11-speed 11-36 cassette. With a range of X-Sync chainrings, you can achieve a wide range on your road bike as well.

Personally, I’m pretty stoked to see this versatility now offered from SRAM and can’t wait to see what else is to come from 1x road offerings. For some reason, I can’t help but gravitate towards the idea of a 48t Chainring with a 11-42t setup…

Check out a few more photos below and see more at SRAM. (more…)

Apr 17, 2015 31 comments
Eroica California Rides: Mid 80’s Rossin Ghibli with C-Record
Rossin Ghibli with C-Record

The time has come for Eroica California and at our rental house in Paso Robles, everyone’s bikes have been getting the final tune ups required for either the 60 mile party loop or the heroic 123 mile route. This one beauty in particular is Mark Riedy’s personal bike and it’s more modern than most of the rides you’ll be seeing in the next few days here on the site. Built with Campagnolo C-Record, this Rossin Ghibli is made from Columbus Gilco tubing with an outrageous paint job the Italian company is known for.

My personal favorite detail on the Ghibli models being the bottom bracket shell and from this bike specifically, the original Keith Haring-designed City Cycles NYC sticker from the 80’s…

Apr 11, 2015 13 comments
Festka: Michael’s ONE LT Dazzle Road
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Photos by Jan Krofta

The Festka ONE epitomizes performance and technology. With all this “savoir-faire”, Festka has two top of the line carbon frames: ONE RS (Racing Sport) and ONE LT (Light). For Michael Moureček, the founder of Festka, when it came to making himself a bike he chose to go with the lighter option. Michael’s ONE LT Dazzle weighs 5.71kg as a complete bike and 820g as a painted frame.

Michael chose to paint his bike with the acclaimed design of Festka, inspired by warships and perfected over time: Razzle Dazzle camouflage. This is the third generation of Festka’s dazzle and quite possibly their most balleur bike yet. Check out more photos and the full build kit break-down below.

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Apr 10, 2015 6 comments
Stelbel is Back
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Originally founded in the early 1970’s by Stelio Belletti, the brand Stelbel has just risen from the dead with some exceptionally-designed frames. Stelbel brings their expertise of tig welding to offer everything from a modern road, to a track (don’t miss those track ends!) and cyclocross frame but that’s not all, there’s much more to see at Stelbel.

Apr 10, 2015 3 comments
Breathe, Just

This video is about a man, his bike, a challenging climb and the struggle against an illness. A story about Andrea and the Passo Fittanze, during both the warm summer and the frigid winter.

Apr 9, 2015 5 comments