#4 The Monster – Mosaic OS-1 True Temper Steel

Top-10 builds continue with build #4, an American Beauty…

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Frame hand-built in Colorado with geometry by Blacksmith Cycle
Custom selected OS steel tubing from True Temper and Deda
44mm Headtube with PFBB30
ENVE tapered fork
Chris King Inset OS Headset
Fizik Arione R1 saddle
SRAM Force 22 Group with EE brakes
3T ARX stem + Tornova Team Stealth bar
3T Stylus 27.2 Team stealth carbon setback post
Xentis Squad 5.8 Silver Line ceramic wheels

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So, how many Benzes don’t we give a fuck about?
9.1/10 Benzes
Factors: Stiff-as-hell OS steel tubing, Spectrum Powderworks paint job, custom Fondo geometry, intelligent and functional build. Plus the fact that we helped create a new model…the Mosaic R-OS-1.
Mike’s Take: This is the kind of bike most people should ride instead of an off-the-rack carbon rig. Durability, comfort, style, value and performance? Check, check, check, check and check.

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Ok, I’ll admit it, I have a crush on Kevin and Aaron from Mosaic Cycles. The award-winning bikes and beard, the phenomenal international press, insanely great reviews, the outstanding limited edition Mavic bike showing, and of course the general appreciation of the finer things in life that we want from our builders. So come down to ogle and test ride our Mosaic Di2 Hydraulic-disc gravel grinder today.

Oh, and to wet your appetite, stay tuned for a future Top-10 build featuring this unbelievable Mosaic RT-1…

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#3 – The Casanova – Cyfac XCR Di2 Stainless Steel

Top-10 build #3 is The Casanova – a completely scorching Cyfac XCR stainless from the Loire Valley in France, coincidentally the home of the Tour de France ;)

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Evan’s Cyfac XCR custom
Frame hand-built in France
Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing
1+1/8″ headtube with BSA BB
Columbus full carbon fork
Chris King Headset
Custom brass welds with polished finish
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9000 w/ SRM crank
Satellite and Sprint shifters for 5 shift locations (!)
3T ARX II stem + Ergonova bar
3T Paladio 27.2 carbon setback post
Selle Italia Super Flow 145 Ti saddle
Tune Carbon bottle cages
Zipp 202 tubular rims on Chris King hubs
Speedplay Zero Stainless Steel pedals

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So, how many Benzes don’t we give a fuck about?
9.7/10 Benzes
Factors: Polished stainless steel with brass welds make us melt, tons of hidden technology, buttery ride quality, and a certain je ne sais quoi.
Mike’s take: The finest combination of artisanal and techie – hand-built in France by master craftsmen, and yet loaded with awesome gadgets and a perfect ride quality.

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IMG_4437Cyfac are one of our favorite custom bike builders, capable of creating steel, aluminum, and full carbon race and touring bikes of all types. They produce ONLY custom framesets, and if you want more, please check Charles Manantan’s awesome Cyfac Absolu review from pezcyclingnews.com which links to some great video of the Cyfac build and paint design process.

ALSO…whoever stole Cyfac’s crown jewels last week are a bunch of jerks [note: heavily edited for language]. So help a brand out and get yourself a French dream ride today!

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#2 The Italianator – Carrera Erakle (Hercules) Jekyll Edition

Top-10 build #2 moves away from metal to feature a custom carbon build…

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The Italianator - Carrera Erakle custom
Frame hand-built in Italy tube-to-tube
Custom selected carbon tubing + geometry
Tapered headtube and full carbon fork
FSA carbon integrated headset
Custom “Jekyll” 2-sided paint scheme
Campagnolo Record EPS
3T ARX II stem + Ergonova bar
Fizik Antares Carbon saddle
Xentis Squad 7.5 clincher wheels
Xentis Swisstop brake pads
Continental GP 4000 25 mm clinchers

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So, how many Benzes don’t we give a fuck about?
9/10 Benzes
Factors: Brain-melting Jaguar-blue/Campy-red/Chrome double-sided paint job, smooth yet solid ride quality, custom race geometry, full internal electric cable routing. Check!
Mike’s take: Not all oversized carbon bikes need to ride like a brick shithouse. Get all the stiffness and raciness you need, then add comfort, panache and hand-built quality.IMG_0479

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For more on Carrera check out www.carrera-podium.it/en/bike-catalogue or watch the beautifully shot Pillar’s of Italian Cycling from the 16:25 mark to see a custom built carbon bike in their Italian workshop BY HAND, if that means anything these days.

Oh, and this baby is still on sale due to some strange circumstances, so come learn about the magic of tube to tube carbon bikes by visiting or emailing us today.

After all, owning an Italian ride like this one is so choice.

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#1 Stunner – Baum Ristretto Steel “Rapha” Edition

Hey Gang, been too long!
To catch up, we will be posting detailed photos and specs for 10 phenomenal builds.
We are proud of our amazing Blacksmith customers and their awesome bikes, which caused us to come up with a new rating system that will have us ask:
How many Benzes don’t we give a fuck about?

What the hell are we really talking about? Well, “In an April 2014 interview with NPR’s Microphone Check, Future described the song [Benz Friendz] as a protest against “crash test dummies,” those that proudly drove certain cars or wore certain brands in an attempt to fit in.”

So we say congrats, big ups, and kudos to our customers who are proud and confident enough to build the bike of their dreams, not some big ass corporation’s.
We do our best to lend a hand, some expertise, and lots of experience, but ultimately it is our customers, our builders, and their collective imaginations that help create a Blacksmith bicycle.

In that spirit we start our 2014 Top 10 bike rundown with the first of a number of incredible steel bikes…because steel is actually real, man.

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Anthony’s Baum Ristretto – #1 Stunner

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Frame hand-built in Australia
Custom selected steel tubing
1+1/8″ headtube with BSA BB
ENVE 2.0 fork
Chris King Headset
“Rapha” black/pink paint scheme
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9070
3T ARX II stem + Ergonova bar
Enve 27.2 carbon setback post
Selle Italia SLR Flow Ti saddle
Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate tubular wheels

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So, how many Benzes don’t we give a fuck about?
9.5/10 Benzes
Factors: Killer paint scheme, incredible build quality, perfect tube selection, sexy electronic shifting, smart build kit, and the allure of Baum.
Mike’s take: A modern steel ride = stiff, smooth, durable and unique, equally capable of long lonely days or shorter friskier sprint sessions. Gorgeous to boot.

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Darren Baum is a true master, as good as it gets with steel + titanium custom bikes. For more on Baum visit http://baumcycles.com/ or www.flickr.com/photos/baumcycles/ and for detailed shots of this Baum click here, or here.

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NAHBS 2014 – Our Mosaic GT-1 Gravel Grinder

The mission: Design the ultimate all-road year-round bike for Ontario

The builder: Mosaic Bespoke Cycles, our favourite titanium bike builder

The result: The all-new GT-1 Gravel Grinder – Ti meets Di2 meets disc brakes

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The geometry and tubeset: aim was for a stable, comfortable ride: NAHBS DRAFT #2

The details: a cool blend of technology, premium materials, and outfitted by the world’s best component manufacturers. Read more about the project and our inspiration by clicking on our press release_process1 (2) PDF.

Yes this bike is available for demo rides and purchase!!

Thanks to Viktor Cahoj for the awesome photography.

Talk to us today about YOUR dream bike and stay tuned for some cool upcoming builds!

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Blacksmith Cycle – a James Lee pictorial

Our sincere thanks to James for taking a day with us a few weeks back…
Check out his amazing photography from that day on his website.

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The Best Time of Year?

I’m putting it out there – this is the best time of year to buy a bike! Why?
1. 2013 Closeout Bikes, including new bikes such as the Cyfac Absolu below
2. 2014 Early-releases such as the Parlee ESX and Scapin Etika RC are now available
3. Still time to create your own custom masterpiece from one of our 14 brands for this season!!

Cyfac Absolu V2 - Size Small (54 TT)

Cyfac Absolu V2 – Size Small (54 TT) – 50% off French Perfection 

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NEW SALE PRICES FOR WINTER CLEANING!!

OK, we are not quite into Spring cleaning, to say the least, but let’s get moving on clearing out some winter stock! Check out our  DEMO BIKES or NEW + USED WHEELS page for incredible NEW prices now marked in RED including 50% savings off most models!

Yup, even this incredible Scapin Style steel/carbon hand-made beauty is priced to go at 50% off!!

 

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Mosaic Cycles RT-1 and new NAHBS collaboration

We are super proud to announce that we will be doing a special collaborative build with Mosaic Cycles that will be featured at the North American Handbuilt Bicycles Show!

MUCH more to come on that, but for now feel free stop by to see the customer T.N.’s gorgeous RT-1 hanging on our wall for the next few weeks.

Featuring fully butted Titanium tubing, custom geometry, cable routing for Di2, PFBB30, and a 44mm headtube with a tapered ENVE 2.0 fork, this should be a hot build:

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Mosaic RT-1 road frame built custom for customer T.N. by hand in Boulder, CO

 

 

 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BLACKSMITH CYCLE

Happy Holidays to all of our loyal customers and thanks for your amazing support.
We hope you all have a great 2014 and may the wind always be at your back…or may you at least have kick-ass aero wheels to overcome that head-wind!!
Please note that we are CLOSED from Wednesday Dec. 25th until Monday Jan. 6th.  
If you miss us and need your Blacksmith fix, check out our carbon bike round-up posted below, see some of our newest builds just added on our Pinterest Customer Bike Page, check in on Facebook or Twitter over the break, or email us.

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