Ribbons, hearts, wings, and bows broke the mold while stopping the show at the Philadelphia Bike Expo this weekend. Julie Ann Pedalino’s stunning stainless frame adorned in titanium flourishes and all the custom-machined Rococo-inspired frame part fixings, took home the event’s sole award.
We at the Bikerumor Independent Frame Builder Action News Desk have been anticipating this bike with great curiosity and enthusiasm since it was announced Pedalino would be attending the Expo as part of the PBExSRAM Framebuilder Inclusivity Scholarship. When we interviewed her for the Bikerumor Podcast a few weeks ago, Julie Ann talked about the snowballing skillset she’s been developing, one that attracted her to framebuilding to begin with… and every one of those skills were on display in her award-winning gravel bike.
Let’s break it down.
Ribbons and Bows
Designed by Julie Ann and machined, Julie Ann took her bilaminate work up to eleven for the Philly Bike Expo. Polished stainless pieces with little curls and flourishes comprise the joints of the main triangle. But the thing that really kicks this particular bike up a notch and makes it the latest in her evolution is the titanium pieces that interact with the stainless pieces.
As discussed in our interview, Julie Ann has recently fallen in love with the opportunity of titanium, working with it and anodizing it. For Philly, Julie Ann machined custom titanium ornament pieces which interlock like puzzle pieces with the stainless pieces at the joints.
The titanium pieces were anodized and bonded in after brazing was completed. In some cases, such as in the Ti ribbon lacing that runs up the back of the seat tube, the pieces actually wrap more than halfway around the tube. According to Julie Ann, working with Ti on her rotary axis took a little bit of trial and error.
The final effect, however, is a wholly unique visual effect and technical feat.
Pedalino Winged Dropouts w/Pedalino Heart Hanger
When Julie Ann found she could not accomplish the forms she wanted to with hand tools alone, she took up 3D modeling and CNC machining. Soon, she was designing dropouts to match themes of bikes, as well as her now trademark replaceable heart derailleur hanger.
Custom Stem and Seatpost
Julie Ann’s build also featured a custom Pedalino titanium spacers, stem, and seatpost – another area she’s beginning to explore.
SRAM Build Kit
As a beneficiary of the PBExSRAM Inclusivity Framebuilder Scholarship, SRAM provided the kit for the machine.
Shifters: Red eTap AXS HRD
Crankset: Red eTap AXS 1x w/Quarq
Rear Derailleur: XX1 Eagle AXS
Chain: Eagle 12 Speed, Rainbow
Cassette: XG-1299 Eagle, Rainbow
Handlebars: Zipp SL-70 Aero, 38cm
Wheelset: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher Disc, 650b
When asked how she felt about her build, moments before the award announcement, Julie Ann responded:
“Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out.”
(Congratulations, Julie Ann. You really deserved this one.)
If you want to hear more about Julie Ann, listen to our pre-show interview with her here.