Many of the frame builders at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show were displaying their latest gravel bikes, but among the rows of drop-bar bikes with fat tires were some sleek and elegant road bikes. Here’s a look at three that caught my eye.
This is the first modern disc all-road bike from Cherubim Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Cherubim takes a very traditional approach to frame design and construction. This disc all-road bike is the first of its kind produced by the legendary Japanese builder.
The frame is constructed from lightweight Kaisei steel tubing. It features chrome detailing and fender mounts for matching Honjo fenders. The color is dubbed “Care Bear Camo.”
This particular bike belongs to Mike Yakubowicz, owner of the ultra-boutique bike shop Blacksmith Cycle.
Cherubim creates its own headtubes Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Care Bear Camo paint job certainly stands out Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Polished stainless steel touches are included throughout the build Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
No detail was overlooked, including this personalized Ceramic Speed pulley Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Rolf hubs round out the color-coordinated kit Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Visit Cherubim for more information.
One of many stunning road bikes FiftyOne brough to the show Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
We highlighted this Irish builder a few weeks ago for the custom carbon bike the company built for MMA fighter and cycling enthusiast Conor McGregor.
Architectural aficionados will appreciate the paint job on this carbon road bike. It was inspired by the reflection light off Toronto’s Toronto-Dominion Centre, designed by Mies van der Rohe.
There’s plenty of tire clearance on this frame Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
The theme carries over to the cockpit Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
As if the frame wasn’t enough, check out the painted-to-match Silca Impero Ultimate frame pump Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Clover and Maple leaves: the Irish builder built this frame for Canadian bike shop Blacksmith Cycle Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Visit FiftyOne Bikes for more information.
This Mosaic Cycles road bike was painted in Shimano’s colors Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
This Boulder, Colorado, builder always brings a bevy of beautiful steel and titanium bikes to the show. Many titanium frames can be somewhat plain, but bland is a word that could never be used to describe this Ti road bike.
The paint scheme uses Shimano’s company colors in a splatter paint job that extends to the seatpost, stem and handlebar.
Mosaic doesn’t like boring Ti frames Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Who knew splatter could look so clean? Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
As one might expect, the cockpit was painted to match Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
We expect to see a lot more color coordination making its way to production bikes, but maybe not on this level Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Visit Mosaic Cycles for more information.