It’s that time of year again! ENVE’s Open House, aka the Builder Round-Up and Grodeo event is this weekend in Ogden, Utah, so I packed up my bike portrait kit and drove up through beautiful summer monsoons to document a selection of bikes from this year’s event. Check out a thoroughly documented stable from the Round Up below, beginning with Chumba, Falconer, Firefly, Mariposa, Scarab, Sklar, and Tomii…
This titanium Sendero is welded in Austin, Texas at Chumba’s facilities and features a brand-spankin’ new 3D-printed titanium yoke. If you thought the steel Sendero was fun, watch out! This singlespeed is easy on the eyes and featherweight. This frame features a bead-blasted, masked, and polished finish. Chumba has really delivered here with a dream bike no matter who you ask…
Cameron Falconer really outdid himself this time with a proper cruiser, complete with a Bendix hub, custom bent bars, and an integrated, minimal front rack. The rack is a piece of titanium that Cam bent, drilled, and welded into a shape that can carry goods with ease. It’s then bolted to the headtube via some custom brackets welded into place. For such a minimal bike, it has plenty to keep your head spinnin’ like those Campy MTB pedals!
Custom built in Firefly’s Boston workshop for their master machinist, Josh Ogle, this Ti All-Road bike features internal dynamo light wiring and integrated lighting; a modified SRAM sprint shifter to connect to his Di2 shifters and operate the wireless AXS Reverb dropper post; custom Rockgeist frame bags with integrated bag mounts; Z-couplers in the frame and a Formula hydraulic brake line coupler for easier travel; and a custom derailleur cage made by Josh to allow us to use a Shimano 11-42 cassette with their 2x drivetrain components. It’s then finished off with Firefly’s custom “glitch” graphics.
Founded in 1969 in Toronto, Mariposa Bicycles specializes in fillet-brazed and lugged constructed steel bikes that are very much built the same way they were back when they started. This bicycle was designed for off-road adventure touring and backpacking. The frame was fillet brazed with a mixture of Columbus tubing and was designed to accommodate 1x Shimano GRX Di2 components, a front hub generated dynamo lighting system with internal light wiring, and three bottle cages. The ENVE Adventure Fork has bosses for a light and accessories.
I can’t even tell you how stoked I was to finally see a Scarab in person! These bikes are made in Colombia and feature some of the wildest paintjobs I’ve ever seen. This gravel bike has a menagerie of animals painted on it, including dendrobates frogs, flamingos, hummingbirds, and various rainforest flora. It is hands down my favorite frame finish in the entire show.
With the pandemic causing all sorts of supply chain issues, a few of us joked that it was time for bikes to go back to their simplest forms: singlespeed, fixed gear, and coaster brake. Adam’s affinity for fixed gear gravel bikes spills over into this beauty of a swoopy machine. Complete with riser bars, the ENVE Adventure fork, Sim Works rack, and yeah, that’s a 6-bolt fixed cog mounted to a backward wheel…
Nao Tomii makes some seriously stunning eye candy and this Fat Canvas is just another example of his craft. What caught my eye about this bike is the salmon-colored finish, the subtle saguaro on the brake bridge, the custom rack, Andrew the Maker bag, and his beautiful head badge. I knew Tomii would be here this year and as always, his bikes are such a pleasure to document.
Check back throughout the weekend for more updates from the 2021 ENVE Builder Round Up!