If there is anything that Japanese builder, Cherubim, can be relied upon to do, it’s to stop NAHBS in its tracks with a real stunner of a frameset. This year, we can look forward to having our minds blown by the obsessive detailing and polish on a race-winning frameset built for Keirin champion, Yuichiro Kamiyama. More of this winning track machine after the jump.
BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
Cherubim: Steel and Stainless.
BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?
Cherubim: 2015 is our 50th anniversary year. We are doing new special projects including an anniversary bike, a new premium model, and more improvements to our Keirin racing bike. We are headed for the next 50 years.
BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds in that time?
Cherubim: An actual racing bike for Keirin legend, Yuichiro Kamiyama (SS grade rider, and top racer for more than 20 years). He got several wins as soon as he got this machine.
BIKERUMOR: What were some of your newer inspirations for recent bikes?
Cherubim: The voices from riders and factory staff.
BIKERUMOR: What are you building this year that’ll draw a crowd?
Cherubim: “Pistrada,” the street training machine for actual current Keirin racer.
BIKERUMOR: If you had to build a bike for a Kentucky Derby style race (think short, all out effort on deep, loose dirt), what would you build and why?
Cherubim: Fat bike with drop handlebar and road bike geometry.
BIKERUMOR: Bourbon or beer?
Cherubim: Beer, definitely.