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Baum Cycles: A Cubano for a Cuban

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Baum Cycles: A Cubano for a Cuban

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!

Ryan’s Baum Extensa 27.5 Hardtail MTB

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Ryan’s Baum Extensa 27.5 Hardtail MTB

Today, FYXO and I took the trip down to Geelong to visit Darren at Baum Cycles. After we toured the new Baum facilities, we ate some lunch at a local cafe and took to the You Yangs trail system.

The next few hours, I spent all my energy chasing after a neon streak in the bush. In fact, it became a point of fixation for me, as I struggled to keep up with the extremely fit rider pedaling this machine.

Ryan works at Baum and he rides a Baum. This bike is the fruit of his labor at Baum and it’s one of the company’s most famous rides. Or at least one of my favorite rides from the company.

SRAM XX1, ENVE, Chris King, you name it, it’s got it and then some. Like a bright chartreuse paint job with neon pink accents and a carbon Selle Italia saddle shell – leather saddle just get wrecked on a MTB anyway…

For me, the thing I brought away from this ride was seeing a Baum completely smash these trails. In an age where digital presentation is everything, I rarely see a Baum outside of the photo studio. It really brought the reason why Darren builds these machines to the forefront.

Baum makes MTBs fit for thrashing their local trails and that’s exactly what Ryan did. All afternoon… Stay tuned for more photos from my Shop Visit and MTB shred sess with Baum. For now, check out more photos of this rad bike!

BAUM Cycles Corretto Road

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BAUM Cycles Corretto Road

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I’ve got a hard-on for BAUM’s work. Ever since visiting their shop a year ago, I’ve been paying very close attention to the torrent of work that flows into their Flickr stream.

Maybe when I strike it big in the “industry” and move to OZ, I’ll have one of my own, but the likelihood of that happening is slim. Until that day comes, I’ll just enjoy shooting photos of beauts like this Corretto road bike and hastily take it for spins around the block from Shifter Bikes in South Yarra until I find the perfect wall to shoot it against. In this case, I opted for brick, instead of this black wall.

Side note: people ask me why I use walls for bikes like this. The answer is simple: I can’t afford to replace anything on this bike if it were to fall over…

Baum Cycles: Neon Extensa SS MTB

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Baum Cycles: Neon Extensa SS MTB

When I saw this pop up on the Baum Cycles Flickr last night, I lost my shit. Not that Baum isn’t always killing it but this neon Extensa SS MTB is completely insane. I love the neon pink accents on the RockShox! See more at the Baum Flickr!

Baum Cycles: The Cubano Meets a Bandit

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Baum Cycles: The Cubano Meets a Bandit

Now, I’m guessing the two newest rides that popped up on the BAUM Flickr today are going to the same owner. This Cubano and Bandit are identical. Both meant for speed at a different scale and both are dream bikes to their respective audience. Wow. The Bandit frame ( 2lb 15oz ) is the only one like it in the world. A true one-of-a-kind race machine. You can read about it here and by now, we all know the Cubano…

See more photos at the Baum Flickr.

Beautiful Bicycle: Darren Baum’s 650B MTB

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Beautiful Bicycle: Darren Baum’s 650B MTB

Around the time of the Australian Custom Bike Show, Baum Cycles sent me photos of Darren’s own 650B Extensa MTB. Because it was going to be unveiled at the show, I wanted to wait a little while before posting it. I know a lot of you want to see more MTB content on the site and I can’t think of a better offering to the gods of dirt.

Built with SRAM’s XX1, this is a die hard MTBr’s dream machine and it’s already got me contemplating  my own 650B MTB.

See more below!

Baum Cycles Corretto Rapha Gazzet Paper for ACBS

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Baum Cycles Corretto Rapha Gazzet Paper for ACBS

The Australian Custom Bicycle Show is this weekend in Australia and this bike is only one of the prime examples of Australian craftsmanship that will be on display. As part of the Rapha Continental Australia, Darren Baum worked closely with Rapha to design one of the wildest Baum Corretto paint jobs I’ve ever seen. Integrating the Rapha Gazzet Paper seamlessly into the wet coat creates a one-of-the-kind aesthetic.

The build? Pretty straight forward with full SRAM Red, ENVE clinchers, Fizik saddle and custom Busyman Bicycles bar tape to top it off. Check out more high-res photos of this beauty in the Gallery and if you’re in Australia, get your ass to the ACBS this weekend.