Richard's Campagnolo Super Record road bike
December 20th 2014
Richard came to us for
his bespoke build knowing he wanted something very special. Familiar
with our past work he was very excited about what we could create him,
referring to our workshop as the ‘dream factory’, set the tone and his
expectation for this bike.
built him a lively contemporary steel race bike that’s both comfortable
and robust with a beautiful paint design and finish - the references
for the design came from a range of sources from his own album cover -
‘Keane’s Perfect Symmetry’ right through to digital pixel camo.
paint work is a fantastic example of our desire to really push the
aesthetic of our bikes, culminating on this build with a 50 hour process
in our paintshop. We create these paint finishes using only masks,
paint and patience, using absolutely no decals or transfers - stickers
are for fruit, fridge doors and welding helmets, not beautiful bicycles.
super close inspection there’s the evidence of a human hand present at
every stage of production, the satisfying sight of a faint hairline
paint bleed, or the brushed bronze of the head badge adding a unique
identity and authenticity to each bike we build, small markers of the
time and effort dedicated to our craft.
six months ago we received an email from Campagnolo, expressing their
support and shared passion for our approach to the craft and passion
evident in our beautiful framesets. This alliance meant we we’re able to
source one of the first production runs of their fantastic 2015 Super
Record 11 speed groupsets. On this build it was paired with Chris King
and ENVE composites finishing kit which results in a full-on ‘dream
with a mix of Reynolds and Columbus tubes with stainless steel dropouts
and bosses, this bike will be enjoyed for thousands of satisfying
miles. For the weight conscious, it tips the scales at a very
respectable 7.5kg, but vitally it retains the beautifully balanced
characteristics and ride quality unique to steel bicycles.