Beautiful Bicycle: Ross’ Custom Nagasawa Feb 1, 2011


I’ve “known” Ross for a few years. I use the quotes because in this day and age, you really can get to know someone over the internet. Ross has been a member of the NYC Fixed boards for a while and everyone’s always impressed with his stable, myself included. When I moved to Austin for the Winter, I really wanted to link up with Ross and shoot some of his bikes. The other day, he was in the neighborhood, so I invited him over. We rode down to Pleasant Valley Road and shot some photos of his Nagasawa on the dirt trails.

Check out more photos below!


This isn’t any normal Nagasawa. It’s 100% custom. Made to fit Ross’ measurements by the man himself in Japan. While it’s no easy task to get in queue for one of these, Ross had an inside man help him out.


Over the years, Ross made friends with an ex-Keirin racer who currently resides in Houston. When he told Ross that he was going to Japan to learn frame building under Nagasawa and Nambei, Ross asked if he wouldn’t mind putting in a custom order.


He did and about 2 months later, Ross had this custom bike which he dressed with Suntour Superbe Pro parts, including these 175mm cranks. Since he’s been riding fixed for about 6 years, Ross wanted something a little more practical for his long rides. He requested bottle bosses and brake drillings.


The detailing on this bike is absurdly beautiful.


Ross mixed the build with a number of Italian and Japanese parts. Here a Suntour Superbe Pro seatpost holds a Cinelli Unicanitor.


To call this build “well thought out” is an understatement.


It’s drop-dead gorgeous is what it is! The paint just glistens in the sunlight.


We caught the afternoon light as it peered through the clouds alongside the river.


Everything about this build, including the brakes, makes this one Beautiful Bicycle. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a sensibly-built Nagasawa on this blog.


Ross has shared with me the complete build list:

Custom Nagasawa frame 57.5 c-c seat, 57 c-c top
Suntour Superbe Pro 36h hubs njs laced with Hoshi bladed spokes to Campagnolo Omega rims
Suntour Superbe Pro cranks njs (175mm)
Suntour Superbe Pro seatpost njs
Suntour superbe Pro 17t rear cog njs
Izumi V chain
Cinelli Unicanitor saddle
Nitto pearl stem to Cinelli bars
Campagnolo Record brake levers
Campagnolo Record skeleton brakes
Hatta Swan headset and BB
Arrundel bottle cage

Stellar component choice! Thanks a ton Ross. Now I need to shoot more of your bikes! Check out more photos here at my Flickr.

  • chris campbell

    the very best of the best!!! great to see ross getting the props he deserves!!

  • James Mac

    it might also be bugging some other dudes so here goes:

    how do you stand these bikes up for the photos if i cant see a stand…?


  • Ross

    So perfectly balanced that it stands up on its own!

  • Rad to see a sensibly built fixed gear on here.

  • This bike is too gorgeous! What a boss for having such a sweet ride!

  • excellent post and bicycle.

    though it seems odd that it was built “a little more practical for his long rides” with what appears to be a plastic Unicanitor.

  • Rosss

    A saddle is so subjective to the person
    If it works it works

  • shane

    so awesome!

  • zidar

    Awesome. I love Nagasawa bikes. I have a 3Rensho which is very similar to this one. Same size exactly, also with brakes and bottle bosses. I figure it was ordered by a track rider who wanted a winter bike for the road. 

  • Bob
  • donzash

    Are the Nagasawa’s still being made?