Bespoke Builds - Black and Gold IF SSR

By: Brandon Jul 16

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Up next in our Bespoke Builds series is a bike out of Studio Velo in Mill Valley, CA. Founder Scott Penzarella sent on the photos and a brief story behind the bike and it's finish from the new owner:

After switching to a carbon fiber bike (Cyfac) after 20 years of steel bikes, including custom bikes from Otis Guy and Paul Taylor, I decided to try one of the new generation of steel cycles.

Guided by the experts at Studio Velo in Mill Valley, I chose Independent Fabrication to build a frame from the newly developed stainless steel tubing. As always, choosing a paint scheme is a challenge.

As a classic car enthusiast, I have painted my bikes the colors of famous race cars from the 60’s & 70’s. The black with gold colors were found on the John Player Special sponsored cars of the 70’s.

John Player was a British cigarette company and they were identified by their distinctive Black and gold box.

Fortunately I was able to see and photograph an original car, driven by Mario Andretti, that provided the inspiration for the Indy-Fab. The result is a classic look for a traditional steel frame.

The bicycle may look traditional, but the lightness. performance and components are cutting edge and the ride confirms that “steel is real”.

photos and words courtesy of Studio Velo


Bespoke Builds - Belgian Blue Gaulzetti Cabron

By: Brandon Jul 10

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Custom, handmade bikes stir our souls. There's nothing quite like the ride of a bike tailor-made for you. Gaulzetti Cicli eschews the norm and builds what they consider the best race bike they can make, and in turn create something very beautiful.

This build is a stock 60cm Cabrón in Belgian Blue with pearl white logos. The frame is Gaulzetti's own custom mix of aluminum tubing, with a Chris King Inset 7 pressed into frame holding the ENVE tapered CX fork.

The build kit is a mix of exotic, Shimano Ultegra Di2, and reasonable, Shimano CX70 cantilever brakes. Handbuilt wheels made by yours truly comprise the rolling stock, DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Pacenti SL23 rims, 28h front and rear.

The cockpit goes reasonable with FSA components, but is capped with a custom front brake hanger made of carbon and our very own custom bar tape. This bike will see a lot of training miles on gravel and the road as well as more than it's fair share of CX course action.

photos and words by Brandon Elliott


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