Bespoke Builds - Zio's Baum Corretto

By: Brandon Nov 14

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Above Category spends plenty of time gracing our pages, and rightfully so. This Baum Coretto deserves every last glance it gets, though it may not get the attention it deserves. You see, this Corretto has a mate at home, which we featured in Volume 10. Yes, you got that right, Zio has built two absolutely stunning Baum frames into some of the best riding bikes on the planet.

Clearly the paint screams, yet somehow by the touch of Baum, it's not overwhelming. How that is, I have no idea. But the way Baum has mixed in the touches of black along with the bare titanium on the rear, the contrast somehow keeps this bike from going over the top.

Built with nothing less than Shimano's top-tier Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 and ENVE Smart 6.7 wheels, the complete bike is something of a dream build. A painted-to-match ENVE stem and seatpost keeps everything tied together.

It's almost as if Above Category is in some sort of challenge we aren't privy to. Like they've decided that each build they do has to go slightly further over the top than the last. Take it to another level. Kudos to these guys, they are killing it right now.

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Bespoke Builds - Parlee CX with 9070 Di2

By: Brandon Nov 10

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Velosmith certainly isn't unfamiliar with the pages of Embrocation, but this one belongs to Tony, the guy fitting up some of the most beautifully understated bikes on the road. More amazing than just this custom build is that it's going on it's 3rd season of CX racing. Back from a refresh from Parlee and off of a dirty gravel ride, Tony let me nab his bike long enough for some quick pictures.

Built with nothing less than Shimano's top-tier Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 and ENVE Smart 3.4 wheels. A full ENVE cockpit keeps it tidy and matching perfectly.

This is one hell of a build coming out of one hell of a shop. If you're ever around the northern suburbs of Chicago, Velosmith is a can't miss stop.

photos and words by Brandon Elliott


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


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