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Here's the thing: Josh's bike isn't just another bike. You see, we love handmade frames. That's of course going to come as no surprise, we know this. But when you combine a factory-backed racer who is damn fast, along with an impeccably-built frame from one of the best machine shops in the country you really do end up with something special.
This isn't to say I am ignoring my bias. I have owned multiple Cielo framesets, but I can say comfortably that the builders in Portland know exactly what they are doing with these frames. Chris King was in the frame business before he was in the headset/hub/bottom bracket business.
I'm not sure what this world has come to for me to say "this is a pretty straightforward build" when it's a handmade frame, ENVE fork, Thomson cockpit, Reynolds carbon wheels, Shimano Di2, and King bits everywhere, but really, it's all off-of-the-shelf stuff. Top shelf, yes, but nothing you couldn't build with the right checkbook from just about any shop in the country.
The major difference of course between you or I building this and Josh's bike is hte rider. Josh took a number of OBRA wins and almost countless podiums this year. So while it may not be about the bike, Josh certainly is winning with some incredible style.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott