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 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

16.07lbs/7.3kg

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.

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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.

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Bespoke Builds - JP's Eriksen Titanium Commuter

By: Brandon Aug 18

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The newest in what is already a deep and beautiful lineup of Bespoke Builds comes to us in a slightly different way: it just walked through the doors at Embro HQ. This one, a Kent Eriksen, was virtually the choice of friends of the owner as much as the owner himself. While JP knew he was looking for Ti, he did a poll of sorts to figure out which builder to use. After the first two answers from trusted friends came back suggesting Kent Eriksen, the poll was closed and the order was placed.

Designed to mirror the geometry of his cyclocross race bikes, the idea behind this Eriksen is rather simple: a weather-proof training bike that sees year-round commuting and plenty of hard training and intervals. This bike sees salt, snow, rain, dirt, gravel, and travel.

Being the kind of guy who would much rather be riding his bike than designing it, JP had a few ideas to share then he set Kent free. Though one major detail remained that Kent didn't have a hand in: the fork. Walt Works was brought in for this custom job, which included details he'd never done: 140mm post mount rotor and internal generator wiring. Obviously the fork turned out perfectly, it's beautiful and the finish really is unparalleled.

One of the touches JP insisted on was the pictured generator hub from Schmidt attached to their Edelux light.

Of course I think we'd be missing much of the point of covering this bike if we didn't talk about the SRAM Force CX1 drivetrain. JP knew from the get-go that this frame would be a rolling test-bed for the viability of CX1 as more than "just" a cyclocross group, in return much data has found it's way from this Eriksen to SRAM HQ in research of future product possibilities for 1x road applications. Talking about the drivetrain choice led to a lot of number crunching of gear ratios and how a 1x system can be quite easily applied to use on the road in the flatland states.

While JP was happy to chat about cable routing options and fork choices, he's clearly much more excited about riding the bike than staring at it.

photos and words by Brandon Elliott

 

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