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Mosaic RT-1, Full-paint titanium with a lightweight Ultegra build

Mosaic RT1 3

This titanium Mosaic is a custom RT-1, and uses their top-of-the-line frameset. The RT-1 features size-specific butted tubing, a tapered-steerer Enve Road 2.0 fork, and an oversized 44mm headtube. The lucky owner of this bike chose to give the frame full-paint, and to have the fork matching as well. As usual, the folks at Mosaic do impeccable work … the welds are super clean! The stainless steel headbadge looks great against the paint. Custom geometry was a must for this rider to get the handlebar in the correct location. This RT-1 uses an integrated seatpost, which will add some shock … Continue reading

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Independent Fabrication, Steel Crown Jewel, SRAM Force22 build

Crown Jewel Black1

Here’s  road bike built to last. Independent Fabrication’s steel Crown Jewel frame gives you maximum durabilty, and the custom geometry ensures it’s a perfect fit. A high-end steel frame like this one gives you great shock absoption along with the snappy feel a metal frame is known for. We receive it as a frameset alone from Independent Fabrication. We chose a standard threaded bottom bracket shell to ensure parts would be available for decades! An oversized 44mm headtube allows the use of a full carbon Enve form with a tapered steerer tube. The Cane Creek 110 headset gives a hint … Continue reading

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Custom Mosaic RT-1, shown in 2013 NAHBS!


This beautiful custom Mosaic RT-1 is as good as it gets! The butted Ti frame is handbuilt in Boulder, Colorado and has a unique paint job done by Spectrum Cycles. All Mosaic frames are custom built to a riders body proportions, so the fit is perfect! This particular Mosaic was used as a show-bike by Mosaic in the 2013 NAHBS (North American Handuilt Bicycle Show). Mosaic won a “best cyclocross of show” award for a cross bike that has similar construction to this RT-1. Mosaic uses an oversized 44mm titanium headtube that they machine in-house. The seatstays are elegantly thin … Continue reading

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Co-Motion NorWester, black 105 on black frame


Here is a Co-Motion NorWester we recently built up for a customer. This is a frameset we have had in the shop for a few years, and it is made a bit differently than current 2013 Norwesters. Just the right rider came in looking for a tough commute bike, and we were able to make an attractive deal to get him on the US-made NorWester! It turned out looking great, with black Shimano 105 parts on a black frame, and the right amount of silver here and there. The Shimano XT mountain bike derailler is on this bike to allow … Continue reading

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Co-Motion NorWester, with Custom SRAM Apex Parts Kit


One of Co-Motion’s specialties is steel framed touring bikes, and this NorWester is a great example. The NorWester has a lightweight frame, perfect for long distance riding with minimal baggage. It is svelte enough to be a nimble daily rider, but still stronger than your average road bike, so it can handle a set of panniers. For fully-loaded touring, look at Co-Motion’s Americano or Pangea. Co-Motion does have excellent parts packages that they suggest for their models, but they aren’t the only ways to build their bikes. On this NorWester, we chose to build it with a custom batch of … Continue reading

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First Look! 2013 Giant Propel Aero Road


Here is our first look at Giant’s new aero road bike, the 2013 Giant Propel SL! Cutting edge, high modulus carbon. Giant has mastered the art of shaping carbon tubing to match its form to its function. The Propel is one of the most aerodynamic bikes in its class, but still maintains a wide and stiff bottom bracket area. The aero seatpost mast is very narrow, as is the juncture between the seat tube and seat stays. These sections make for a comfortable riding frame despite the stouter tubing found elsewhere. The careful positioning of the rear brakes keeps them … Continue reading

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Independent Fabrications Club Racer, modified into an Audax Bike


This Independent Fabrications Club Racer has been modified quite a bit from its “stock” configuration to become what it is: an Audax, or “light touring” bike. No one has the ability to control the dimensions of a bike like Independent Fabrications, and this bike really shows it: the handlebar height is exactly where the rider requested it to be, there is just the right clearance for 32mm tires with stainless-steel fenders, and there is ample standover clearance without a drastically sloping top tube. All just right! The Club Racer model is intended to have caliper brakes, and 23-28mm tires. Independent … Continue reading

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Co-Motion Corretto with Rival and a Cool Fade Paintjob


Here’s a new Co-Motion Corretto with a black/red/yellow fade paintjob. It will do double duty as a commuter bike and a road machine for racking up training miles. The Corretto frames are a exclusive design by The Hub, and are built of Reynolds 853 tubing. This Corretto was built with our standard SRAM Rival package, using a compact (50/34 tooth) crankset, FSA cockpit parts, and Shimano RS-10 wheels. Correttos are uniquely comfortable, and a great value for a US-made bike. Tweet

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