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Co-Motion Java Tandem, “go anywhere” versatility !

Co-Motion Java Green 2

Co-Motion is a leader in top quality tandems, and this is a new model for them: The Java. It’s parts package is similar to Co-Motion’s classic Speedster model, but the Java has a new oversized and butted cromoly steel tubeset used in the frame . The most exciting feature of the java is the wider tire clearance built into the frame! The frame and fork can fit up to a 2.0″ width tire. We built this particular one using Velocity Dyad rims that can accept anywhere from a 28mm width tire (standard for road tandems) up to a 2″ width … Continue reading

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Matt’s Gloss Black Independent Fabrication Steel Planet Cross

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This Independent Fabrication Steel Planet Cross sees it’s share of mud and cold. A high-end steel frame like this one is great for cyclocross … the material itself lends a ton of durability, and Independent Fabrication’s excellent construction allows great ride quality and low frame weight. Check out the slim fork legs and rear dropouts!   Tweet

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Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel Steel, Ultegra Di2 and Tubeless

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This one has a special place in my heart … A steel Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel. A frame with century-old materials matched with some awesome technology in the parts. You can’t beat a top level steel machine like this for ride quality. The Ultegra Di2 works flawlessly … even the push-button front shifting … and never needs adjustment. These American Classic wheels are some of the lightest, and they can be used as tubeless as well. Tubeless tires will give you improvement in comfort and efficiency … both good things. A seatpost mounted Di2 battery keeps everything looking clean. Color-matched … Continue reading

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Independent Fabrication, Steel Crown Jewel, SRAM Force22 build

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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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Davinci Joint Venture, lightweight steel tandem with ICS drivetrain

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This tandem is one of DaVinci’s Joint Ventures. The Joint Venture is available in steel, aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber. Ours is a steel version, and has a beautifully hand-made frame, and all top-tier parts. The tubing is custom drawn, oversized, and multi-butted Reynolds Cromoly steel. A great red paint job. This Joint Venture is a 700c wheeled version, but 26″ wheels are an option as well. The Joint Venture comes with a Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost, and has a unique setup of Campagnolo Chorus shifters operating a modified SRAM X.9 rear derailler. This drivetrain is different, but it … 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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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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