#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 ;) 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 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. Cyfac 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!