"I'm planning on doing the Paris-Roubaix Sportive. How do you feel about making a bike for me?"
Anyone who's keen on bike racing knows Roubaix. Notoriously hard on both rider and bike, many hopes and dreams have been broken on the cobbled sections of the route.
Tough, light, simple. Surefooted handling, robust components. Something a little bit special for a very special event. Outside of Roubaix, it's a bike that needs to fill a specific niche alongside the owner's other very nice bikes.
James successfully completed the ride. His words about the bike and the cobbles made me very happy. "It thrived on them."
A Columbus fillet brazed frame with a Kinesis CXD fork. Geometry that with a switch of stem and spacers works as a fast rough road bike or a true CX machine.
SRAM Force 1 1x11 hydraulic disc groupset. Fantastic braking, great chain retention, very low maintenance. I built a bomb-proof but light set of wheels - Pacenti SL25s laced to Hope Evo hubs.
The cables are routed externally with full housings. Clean and simple.
Paint by Cole Coatings, inspired by the Belgian national team cycling jersey. If you're going to be giving it the hammer, it should look the part.