Bespoke Builds - Mosaic RT-1 with Campagnolo Super Record

By: Brandon 10/20/2014

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Like many other custom bikes, this one has a story. Unlike some other custom bikes, this one has some very elite stablemates at home. Todd, also known as #reptodd is the Shop Manager at Above Category. To say he knew what he was looking for when ordering this frame is an understatement:

I first met Kevin from Mosaic Cycles 3 years ago randomly on a ride in San Diego while he was there on a road trip from Colorado. He was riding his then-new Mosaic RT1 with Campagnolo Super Record EPS. I immediately fell in love with how simple and clean his bike was and how beautiful the welds and finish quality were. I put it in the back of my mind that I needed to own one someday.

Fast forward a few years and my path with Mosaic would cross again working at AC and seeing them come and go with very satisfied clients. One day, a client wanted us to check out his bike for a mystery noise so I took it for a quick spin. I was blown away by how quick and lively it felt, yet how comfortable it was. The next day I ordered one.

Three weeks later it arrived and felt even better than the bike I had tried as it was built with my exact fit and for my weight and riding style. In July I joined Aaron from Mosaic and 4 other riders on a team for the Rapha Gentlemen’s Race in Boulder. It was a very cool experience riding with a group of guys all riding bikes that Aaron had built himself.

This is my first Ti bike and I truly could not be happier with my choice; the 3-year wait (Todd is referring to the time from first sight of a Mosaic to delivery, turnaround time typically hovers around 4-6 weeks from order to delivery - BE) was worth it. Kevin is still riding that same frame I first saw him on too.

Enve 1.0 Fork

2010 Campagnolo Super Record Group-172.5, 36/52, 11x27

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two Carbon Clincher Wheelset

Continental Grand Prix 4000SII Tires w/Continental Race Light Tubes

Time iClick Carbon Pedals

Syntace P6 Seat Post

Tune Wurger Skyline Carbon Seat Post Collar

Chris King Headset

King Ti Cages

Ceramicspeed Bottom Bracket

Ceramicspeed Rear Derailleur Pulleys

fi’zi:k 00 Chameleon Bar

fi’zi:k Cyrano R1 Stem w/BarFly fi’zi:k Garmin Mount

fi’zi:k Antares R1 Carbon Braided Saddle

fi’zi:k Superlight Tacky Bar Tape


We'd love to thank Above Category for sharing this incredible build with us. Head over to their site for more information on this particular build as well as the other incredible builds that they produce.

photos and words by Above Category


Don't Just Glue, Glue the Right Way.

By: Brandon 10/19/2014

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Here at Embro HQ we've been gluing tubular tires for a bit. In fact, our previous gluing article is one of our most popular in our catalog. Of course, you can't get too much good info, so we thought sharing this video done by our friends at Butter would be a good move.

Watch this video. Take notes. Watch it again. Reflect. Read your notes. Watch again. Then let is soak in. Retain this, use it.

These guys get it, they want to make sure you get it.

Tubular tires are serious business. The added volume of a cyclocross tubular, the lower pressure, and the fit the tires have with the rim all contribute to the added stress your gluing job faces during a race. DO NOT BE 'THAT' guy and role a tire. It's the not-pro thing to do, but it's also dangerous.


Embrocation Tribute Socks

By: Brandon 10/15/2014

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A year ago the world of cycling lost a young and talented rider. Fortunately, a Foundation was created in her name so her legacy can live on. The Amy D Foundation exists in her honor to "encourage and support young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams."

A bit more about Amy:

Amy Alison Dombroski passed tragically at age 26 while training abroad in Belgium. She was a versatile cyclist with U23 National Championship titles in road, mountain, and cyclocross. Still early in her career, she was considered by many in the sport to be a rising talent and serious contender at world-class cycling events.

In her short but full life, Amy touched the hearts of communities in the United States and Europe. Amy had a passion for life that transcended the sport of cycling; she loved to share this passion with the friends and family that surrounded her. She also had an uncanny ability to transform challenges she faced in her own life into intense positive focus. The tattoo of a lighting bolt that Amy bore on her wrist served as a remembrance of her mother’s tragic death, and provided her a daily source of motivation.

In support of the Amy D. Foundation, we've created this new sock design. $4 from every pair of socks sold in the month of October will be donated to The Foundation to support their cause.

The Amy D. Foundation has also created a race program supporting Erica Zaveta for the 2014/15 season. You can also find Erica's blog here.

Socks comes in three sizes: Small fits sizes 35-39; Medium fits sizes 39-44; Large fits sizes 45-48.

$12.50/pr for a single pair, $10/pr for 2 pairs, $9.50/pr for 3 pairs or more. These socks can be combined with our other styles for the same discounts.

Socks are black with The Amy D Foundation's signature blue and orange accents. The socks have a 6" cuff.

Shipping is estimated to begin 11/10/14.

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photos and words by Brandon Elliott


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