Joe is used to adventure in his working life; as a camera man for CNN he’s traveled the world to document conflicts in every far flung corner of the planet. When he’s not working he still likes to get out and explore, from climbing in Northern Afghanistan to cycling the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. He came to us wanting a bike to allow him to go anywhere, and carry things whilst he’s doing it. The frame is made primarily from Columbus Zona – both strong and relatively light, it’s a great tubeset for a bike such as this. Externally routed cable pull gearing is easy to service and fix anywhere in the world, whilst hydraulic 160mm disc brakes will slow the bike on any surfaces when loaded. The dropouts used have integrated rack mounts meaning a “full” touring load can be added on a rear rack if needed, though Joe plans to slim down his kit and travel lighter than he has in the past.
A crazy candy fade from the guys at Cole Coatings (which took 16 coats to get just right) mean that Joe will be noticed wherever he goes. To best feature the paint job we used a tapered head tube and pinch bolt seat clamp, keeping the lines of the frame as smooth and free flowing as possible