Richard wanted a bike that was sturdy, strong, and lightweight while being super responsive to his type of riding. We used a Columbus Spirit and Columbus HSS tubing mix to make one of the lightest carbon steel frames available. We copied the contact points from Richard’s summer riding Saffron road bike, the only change in the geometry was to the head tube which we slacked off by half a degree for slightly easier steering.
To suit London’s wet weather and to keep Richard dry we specced a bike which included a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. Due to its stopping ability on wet surfaces, it also meant that there would be less fiddling to be done on the gears. We opted for components that are harder wearing and slightly heavier than his summer build. It’s the build spec when you just want to get on and off the bike without fiddling.
-Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2
Fork: Kinesis Tracer
Wheels and Headset:
-Pirelli tubeless tires 28mm Mudguards
Richard is a skateboarder and runs the Three Amigos skateboard shop in Camden, so his bike’s design is of course inspired by skateboard deck artwork. Richard sent us some photos of decks designed by influential skater and artist Mark Gonzales. We took the punk zine aesthetic present in Gonzales’ graphics, and after toning down the neon colours, got to work cutting up and distorting our logo to create abstract halftone graphics which were applied to the rear of the frame.