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#6 - The Northwesterner - Argonaut custom carbon

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For Top-10 build #6 we turn back to the black magic of carbon. But not just any carbon. Feast your eyes on perhaps the finest custom carbon bicycle on the planet. We are THRILLED to finally, and officially announce the addition of Argonaut Cycles as the newest bicycle builder on our Top-15 list of greats! With the pressure was on to get our first design right...Blacksmith Spacebike 2.0: The Northwesterner - Claude's Argonaut custom carbon Hand-built in Portland, Oregon Blacksmith / Argonaut design + geometry collaboration 850-gram frame weight with custom carbon layup Tapered headtube and ENVE fork with Chris King OS inset HS...

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#5 The Smooth Operator - Baum Corretto Titanium

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For customer build #5 we move to a titanium masterpiece from down under... Vanessa's Baum Coretto - The Smooth Operator Frame hand-built in Australia Custom selected + butted titanium tubing Blacksmith designed long-distance geometry 1+1/8" headtube with BSA BB ENVE 1.0 fork Chris King Headset Custom Blue (S)teal GTR scheme Shimano Dura Ace 9000 3T ARX II stem + Ergonova bar Enve 27.2 carbon setback post Fizik Arione 00 Donna saddle Xentis Squad 2.5 tubular wheels Xentis Swisstop brake pads Continental Competition 25 mm tubulars So, how many Benzes don't we give a fuck about? 9.7/10 Benzes Factors: Unique teal and...

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

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Top-10 builds continue with build #4, an American Beauty... Kevin's Mosaic - The Monster 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 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...

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#3 - The Casanova - Cyfac XCR Di2 Stainless Steel

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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 ;) 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...

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

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

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