A few new builds to keep you busy while we work on the new website
The bike: Scapin Anouk
The customer: Phil is a light but stronger rider who was previously on one of the big brands. He wanted a bike that was a touch lighter and more relaxed than his old race bike, but with lots of agility, comfort and style. We chose the Scapin Anouk for its awesome value, technology and, how do you say…sexiness! The ride quality is fricking top notch, and if you don’t trust us, the Anouk was just recently praised by RoadBikeAction.
The build: Shimano Ultegra Di2 / Xentis XBL 42 carbon clinchers / Continental GP 4000 II tires / FSA cockpit / Dura Ace carbon pedals / Selle Italia Scapin
The bike: Mosaic GT-1
The customer: John is from Ottawa and commutes over 60 km each day to work near the Gatineau Valley. He was on a carbon bike and we wanted to give him something with similar stiffness, added comfort and stability, plus heaps of functionality in the way of disc brakes, electric shifting, and even a rear rack mount. Enter the Mosaic GT-1, a model which Blacksmith Cycle helped create and debut last year at NAHBS 2014.
The build: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Hydro Disc / HPlusSon Handbuilt Wheels / Challenge Paris Roubaix tires / ENVE cockpit / Dura Ace carbon pedals / Fizik Aliante carbon
The Bike: Parlee Z-Zero
The customer: This custom Parlee carbon masterpiece was built for a serious rider in the Toronto area. He wanted to replicate the stiffness of his Cervelo R5CA but with a geometry that was just a little more cognizant of his exact body proportions and a tube selection appropriate for the riding style and roads he prefers. Parlee’s Z-Zero is hand-made and painted in Massachusetts for each rider, with your Blacksmith team guiding you each step of the way (though you can go crazy in private on the paint configurator).
The build: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 w/ THM M3 crankset + Praxis rings / Xentis Silver Line Handbuilt 5.8+4.2 Combo Wheels / Continental Gatorskin tires since changed / ENVE cockpit / Look Keo Blade 2 Titanium / Selle Italia Superflow
The Bike: Ritte Vlaanderen
The customer: This frameset is now actually hanging for sale, but was built and ridden by Blacksmith CEO Mike for our 2014 Blacksmith / Beaches UnFondo. Mike wanted something stiff enough to hang with The Murderer Jesse James and went with Ritte’s Vlaanderen, a stylish number from the southern-California outfit of Nick and crew who we were lucky to ride with in November. Mike came out impressed enough to pick up the line, and we can’t wait to ride their new Ace, available now.
The build: Campagnolo Chorus 2015 / Xentis Silver Line 5.8 Tubulars / Challenge Criterium tires / 3T cockpit / Mavic Zxellium SLR Ti / Tune Concorde saddle