Brad Bingham had one of the most interesting bikes at NAHBS this year, putting the latest Campagnolo Super Record 12 EPS on a modified version of their full suspension mountain bike frame, with a drop bar, and a few clever hacks to make it all work for the customer. But that wasn’t all he had going on in the booth…

bingham built custom full suspension road bike with campagnolo super record

The bike, which you can see a full run through of in the video below, has standard road bike geometry, but gets their full suspension frame tweaked to work with the latest Campy EPS road group. The brake calipers were swapped out for Hope’s four-piston upgrade kit, and all cables and housing were run internally. The bike was requested in this specific layout by the customer, who had a few other requests, too.

bingham built custom full suspension road bike with campagnolo super record

bingham built custom full suspension road bike with campagnolo super record

The front end gets the controls for the fork and shock lock out on the right, and the dropper post on the left. The dropper is there to assist the rider in getting onto the bike, not so much for getting rowdy on the descents. Check it all out:

This tandem had one couple bending Brad’s ear for about half an hour…here’s hoping they put down a deposit! In front of it was the Hannamal, another customer’s gravel monster custom built for big rides.

The combination front suspension and mountain bike tires with a drop bar, put this bike squarely in the monster-cross category, leaning toward all-day and multi-day races.

prototype easton ea70 alloy crankset on Bingham Built titanium gravel race bike

It was also equipped with some new Easton EA90 alloy cranks that aren’t officially out yet. Brad said they’re coming soon, perhaps sooner than Easton originally planned.

prototype easton ea70 alloy crankset on Bingham Built titanium gravel race bike

Here, they’re paired with WickWerks chainrings because the customer wanted a very specific chainring combo, but from the looks of it, they’ll use the same direct-mount spider system as the EC90 SL carbon cranks that we love, which means easy swaps between stock doubles and 1x options.

A lot of builders were setting up road and gravel bikes with the new SRAM eTap AXS groups.

His fat bike was set up with ENVE’s huge M685 carbon rims with curved stays to clear the massive 4.5″ Barbagazi tires from Bontrager.

Bingham Built is the evolution of Kent Eriksen, which Brad purchased after working there for years. He told us eventually, it’ll all be branded under his business, but they’re still working out of Kent’s Steamboat Springs, CO factory.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. I have purchased 2 MTB frames from Brad recently. Happiest I’ve been with a frame from the outset for a very, very long time. Didn’t have to face surfaces or sand part of the frame to make components fit/work (contrary to custom carbon or other Ti purchases) or do anything other than build them up. I will return to them for my next frame. Once built these bikes disappear under me. Phenomenal workmanship.

    • Phenomenal workmanship for sure, and as well the entire process, communication and the options for customization is absolutely stellar. Just several of the many reasons I also have multiple Bingham Built’s.

      It’s unfortunate the article did not elaborate on the tandem (which won the best tandem award). Brad designed a custom cinch spider for the EC90 SL crankset with timing chain on the drive side. An adaptation I expect of his 110 BCD Cinch spider (which works flawlessly, especially on a gravel bike with Praxis 110 BCD 48/32 rings).

      https://binghambuiltbikes.com/store/product/bingham-built-custom-spider/

    • I would be irate if I purchased a custom frame and needed to machine/touch anything on it.
      I’m already mad enough with the poor tolerances allowed to ship on high-end yet mass produced bikes. More evident in CF frames with disc brakes and their poor BB tolerance due to questionable machining capability.

  2. the human race is an incredible thing capable of some utterly amazing things yet will still can’t pronounce or spell Campagnolo

  3. The dual sus road bike looks nicely designed, and beautifully crafted. But I’d have to ask the buyer “why”? Would have been far better off riding something like a Trek Domane with 34mm tires – nearly as comfortable, a lot lighter, and a lot faster.

    • In the video Brad says the dropper post is to help him get on and off the bike, so I’m assuming he has some physical obstacles to overcome and this design is to get him back on the road. Minnesotans are a stubborn breed, specially those up North.

      • That comment about the dropper being to help get on the bike suggested to me that the rider might have some kind of health challenges, which might also explain the need for suspension. Maybe a roadie who can’t ride a road bike anymore, or something like that.

    • Those cranks are boring. With a basic finish like that, they better be real cheap. That over-blasted look reminds me of many crummy OEM cranks.

      • The point is, at long last a cyclist who wants to run Easton chainrings will be able to choose EA90 cranks instead of $400 EC90 or Race Face mountain cranks with a different q-factor. Those aesthetics look fine to me, although the article does mention they’re prototypes.

  4. I guess the Alu Easton cranks will be the new Race Face XC cranks?
    The finish looks so budget.

    The road bike with Campy does not make any sense… with tall rims, tall fork, dropper etc. etc. it will ride as horrible as it looks.

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