Bespoke Builds - Mosaic RT-1 with R785 Di2

By: Brandon Oct 28

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We know, Mosaic shows up a lot in this column, but for good reason! This time we feature a slightly different build of theirs, one that was highlighted at their 2014 NAHBS booth: an RT-1 road bike with disc brakes.

Shimano's R785 system is not new to us, having received some of the first kits in the US. It's predictable, reliable, and silent braking are all traits to behold. This particular build features that system matched up with a Dura-Ace drivetrain assembled with care and the beautiful touches out of Velosmith in Wilmette, IL.

Velosmith is known for being a fit-first custom shop, but a close second to fit is clearly attention to detail. Every last surface is perfect, yet exceptionally subtle.

Velosmith doesn't stop at fancy paint, but cues subtle details like the stripes on the tip of the fork with perfect cable routing and a cockpit that looks like it all came off of the drawing board together. The matte black on the fork, stem, and bars was exceptional and sat perfectly by the Arundel bar tape and cages.

Thank you to Velosmith for letting me shoot this bike!

photos and words by Brandon Elliott


Bespoke Builds - Mosaic RT-1 with Campagnolo Super Record

By: Brandon Oct 20

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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


Bespoke Builds - Moots Vamoots RSL

By: Brandon Aug 22

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We're visiting titanium again in our Bespoke Builds column, this time from Cyclepath out of Portland via Moots in Steamboat Springs. I somehow doubt we need to draw the line from Moots to our previous post containing JP's Eriksen.

Moots has long been a dream bike of mine, and with the introduction of the Vamoots RSL, Moots took their Ti to a new level. While known for it's ride quality and durability, Moots stepped up the performance of Ti by massaging, shaping, and machining the tubes from top to bottom.

This one was built with a wishlist of parts, from the ENVE 3.4 wheels to the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, this build is worthy of it's own showcase.

Attention to detail is what will take a build like this and allow it to stop traffic. The perfectly appropriate custom Moots bar tape, titanium stem and seatpost, as well as the Brooks saddle make this bicycle fit the bill for it's rider exactly as intended.

Thank you to Cyclepath for sharing this incredible ride with us.

photos by Cyclepath and words by Brandon Elliott


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