Recent Bikes from Scapin, Mosaic, Parlee and Ritte

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

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Xentis 2015 In-stock Lineup

Want a real Xentis carbon wheel paradise??
See our complete in-stock lineup below the jump.

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Xentis Squad 7.5 as seen on Scapin Etika RC

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Cafe du Cycliste is HERE

Finally, our Cafe du Cycliste Winter order has arrived!
Click below for in stock items, updated weekly, and note that these are all limited quantities.

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2015 Scapin Ivor GT and Race Editions

We are happy to offer our customers some of the finest bikes in the world. Firmly in this super-bike category, and yet at a fairly reasonable price-point, is Scapin’s venerable 2015 Ivor custom carbon road bike.

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Hand-built in Italy with a unique custom TT-Matrix technology, in a choice of two geometry styles, 7 colours, two cable routing options, with rider name inscribed on the top-tube or down-tube, all with a LIFETIME warranty from Scapin.

Click below for hi-res photos of our first 2015 model, or see additional info, geometry options and colour choices by clicking past the gallery.

For more, head to the Scapin Ivor homepage from our friends at Stage-Race Distribution, or click for the Custom Ivor Order Form or for detailed Paint, Geometry and Spec options.

Plus, fitting and geometry consultation for ALL custom bikes is FREE at Blacksmith Cycle, so drop by to discuss your own Scapin Ivor, available in about 8 weeks delivery time.

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Olympia is Now Available!!

Blacksmith Cycle is proud to announce the official availability of a brand with over 120 years of stylish innovation and iconic design , Olympia Cicli from Italy!!

IKON ADV_220714Winners of Italy’s ExpoBici Innovation Award for 2013, Olympia offers an incredible model range. See highlight from the 2015 road line-up using the links and pics below:

Model: Leader Disc – 7 build options from $3,899 (105) to $8,199 (DA Di2)
The take: Aerodynamics meet disc-braking in this Italian Innovation Award Winner
Colours: White/Black (see below) or Ghost Black/Red
Sizes: 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL)
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Model: Boost or Boost Disc – 16 build options from $3,925 (Force 22) to $8,375 (DA Di2)
The take: Aerodynamics and style with a choice of disc or caliper braking
Colours: Ghost Black/Red (see Below), White/Black, White/FloBlue, or White/FloYellow
Sizes: 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL)

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Model: 849 Ultralight – 9 build options from $3,325 (Force 22) to $7,799 (DA Di2)
The take: 800 grams of climbing prowess and lots of comfort for the way back downColours: Glossy Black/Red (seen below), or Matte Black (seen at bottom)
Sizes: 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL)

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Model: Ikon Aero – 10 build options from $2,899 (105) to $7,599 (DA Di2)
The take: Lighter than ever, and a great all-rounder with stiffness and comfort
Colours: Ghost Black/Red (seen below), Red/Black, White/FloBlue, or White/FloYellow
Sizes: 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL)

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For more, visit OlympiaCicli.it or drop by or email us to discuss your own Olympia bicycle, like this 849 below, which we built up with Dura Ace 9000 and Xentis wheels at 14 lbs!

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Free Dream Bike Ahead

Two of our favourite builders are pulling out all the stops to send one lucky person each to the race of a lifetime, aboard a FREE custom dream bike built specifically for you.

Big ups to Argonaut Cycles and Mosaic Cycles for making dreams come true:
http://rougeroubaixbuilderchallenge.com/

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Y’all have one week to enter and start practicing your Louisiana twang!

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Mike’s Top-10 Tech Trends

Mike’s Top-10 2015 Tech Trends

1. Go disc brake – whether electric or mechanical, hydraulic braking is a simply revolutionary leap. If you don’t race, consider it for your next bike. Our disc options include custom offerings from Argonaut, Mosaic and Parlee, with Olympia, Storck and Van Dessel offering downright awesome value in carbon-disc race machines designed in Italy, Germany and the US, respectively. But really, any disc bike will blow your freaking mind. Don’t believe me? Come ride our Mosaic GT-1 today. Oh, and I won’t even consider electric shifting a trend this season, since that was so last year, but electric + disc = heaven.

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Component Rankings

Hi Blacksmithers!

As we head towards next season, our crew is lucky to have already had the chance to test out much of the new 2015 products that will be available to pimp your ride or spec your new build.

To celebrate, we have released our first ever Component Rankings and even given the list its own header, above, so you can refer back throughout the year. So click above to read our massive rankings, which we will continue to update in the following categories:

Groupsets / Wheelsets / Tires / Cockpits / Saddles / Pedals / Weight-Savers / Powermeters / Trainers

Feel free to email us with questions or to tell us we are brilliant!

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Mosaic part 2: RS-2 road with Force 22

We are on a roll with Mosaic lately, so here’s another sweet build.

Kris’s Mosaic RS-2 features True Temper OX Platinum tubing,  ENVE 2.0 fork.IMG_0373

Custom geometry and paint are included with every Mosaic at Blacksmith Cycle.IMG_0383

More build details, photos and wheel choices show up after the jump…

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Mosaic RT-1, finally, as promised…

Ok, we’ve teased you about our Mosaic RT-1 shop bike and here are the details:

photo 1Our 15 lb, Di2-powered, carbon-component-perfected, titanium masterpiece.

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