Bikes of butterGOLD: Pete Smith's Mosaic RT-1

By: Brandon Apr 28

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We love handmade bikes. The care, the passion, the expertise that goes into each one touches us. Mosaic Cycles goes so many steps further with their perfect welds and their impeccable finish work.

Pete Smith of Mad Alchemy fame was riding this Mosaic RT-1 in all of it's oversized titanium goodness. Quite literally one of the most beautiful bikes I have ever seen, it's finished with SRAM Red, with the Wi-Fli rear derailleur for the steep pitches Pete sees on a regular basis riding around Boulder.

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Further finishing kit on Pete's bike shows that as much care and planning was put into the parts hung onto the frame as the frame itself. A tapered ENVE fork was finished matte black to perfectly compliment the Mavic Ksyrium SLR wheels. Bars and stem were both pieces from 3T, KCNC provided the seatmast topper.

Clearly titanium provides that magical ride that so many builders taut because Pete rode this thing like he was a wooden track even when hammering over washboard gravel. The Michelin Pro4 Endurace tires in 25c measured a healthy 26mm+, but they were nothing compared to what a number of guys had on their cyclocross bikes, yet Pete seemed to be quite happy with his setup.

photos and words by Brandon Elliott



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