For Alexis’ gravel build, we used a careful selection of tubing to achieve a frame that is capable of withstanding anything that could possibly be thrown at it. The head, seat and down tubes are Columbus HSS, the latter with a unique D shaped profile, the flat on the top, inside the main triangle. At the rear we used seat stays and chain stays from Dedacciai and Columbus with two bends in each giving them an S shape which allows for greater spacing for large tyre clearance.
The riding position is not a million miles from his road bike so it should feel immediately familiar and comfortable however we slackened the head tube angle for greater stability cornering off road and to eliminate toe overlap which can catch you out on the slow turns on the trails.
The idea behind the paint scheme for Alexis’ bike feels familiar; our framebuilder Matthew’s own Saffron gravel bike used a similar thought process though the execution is different here.
We took the brand logo of the company Alexis founded, chopped it, flipped it, blew it up and laid it over the whole frame like a ransom note (nobody was kidnapped in the making of this bike).
We kept the colours complimentary and tonal rather than contrasting. The light shades look right at home against the warm earth colours of Majorca where it is often ridden.