Bespoke Builds - Argonaut with Campagnolo 80th Anniversary

By: Brandon Jul 26

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The newest in our Bespoke Builds series is an Argonaut out of Blacksmith Cycle in Toronto. These guys have been kicking out some incredible builds on the regular, and this one certainly does not disappoint. Sent over to me by Paul, the excitement was clear in his email about this build. He had a few things to say:

We were first introduced to Ben @ NAHBS this year, and planted the seeds to bring Argonaut to Canada. The owner of this Argonaut, Claude, is coming off an older steel Basso, and wanted something smooth, with tons of personality.

We knew that Ben's craftsmanship and attention to detail would translate perfectly to Claude's needs, and the results are really stunning. The subtle scheme, paired with the obvious flair of Campagnolo's 80th anniversary group makes for an understated but classy combination that mirrors Claude's style on and off the bike.

I can't emphasize how happy we are with the entire process of working with Ben, and how proud we are to be Canada's first Argonaut dealer.

The crew at Blacksmith are proud of this machine, as well they should be. Argonaut is making some of the best carbon in the game, paired with the level of parts and the care that Blacksmith put into the build, this is obviously superbike, or space bike, territory.

photos courtesy of Blacksmith Cycle, words courtesy of Blacksmith Cycles and Brandon Elliott


Bespoke Builds - Mosaic RT-1 with Di2

By: Brandon Jul 23

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Up next in our Bespoke Builds series is a bike out of Velosmith Bicycle Studio in Willmette, IL. Known for their subtle, stunning, and timeless builds, their first entry into the Bespoke Builds column is very much a prime example of their style.

This build starts with a frame from the master welders of Mosaic Cycles in Boulder, CO. This frame uses Mosaic's oversized titanium tubing and ISP (though this one is currently sporting a Ritchey topper until the final handmade Ti piece from the boys at Mosaic arrives) and is mated to an ENVE tapered fork via a Chris King I7 headset. The 44mm headtube stiffens the front end, though their titanium is known for its incredibly smooth ride as much as its stiffness.

Sporting a top-tier build is much the norm out of Velosmith's builds, and this example does not disappoint. Top to bottom Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 is the creme de la creme, and my own personal choice of drivetrain.

Just like every other build to come out of Velosmith, this one is clean, purposeful, and impeccable. From the perfectly finished bar tap to the flawless tubular installation, the crew at Velosmith are the consummate professionals that require perfection, and this build is a prime example of such.

photos and words courtesy of Brandon Elliott


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


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