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Chapter2 and BHarms meet up to make an aero artwork — and an NFT (sold separately)

chapter2 x brad harmsBradley Harms throws down on Chapter2's KOKO. Photos c. Chapter2
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You can sense a certain tension in Bradley Harms’ art. Turmoil and discipline; chaos and structure; deformity and elegance.

Much of the same thing is true in any bike build, and Chapter2’s KOKO frameset really fits the bill. The contoured seat tube hits you right in the face, and it leads to aggressive shaping around the bottom bracket shell. Meanwhile, the subtle lines of the fork contrast distinctly but quietly.

So it only makes sense that a BHarms x Chapter2 collab is a knockout. In the partnership, the New Zealand road bike builder offers up just 60 frames bearing Harms’ embellishments.

The artist’s unmistakable tight, rainbow stripe pattern adorns the top tube, seat post, chainstays, and fork. Each custom-painted frameset also gets Harms’ signature, custom-painted carbon bottle cages, matching thru-axles and top cap in anodized blue, and the option to purchase an exclusive NFT. As with the other standard KOKO bikes, you can also choose from several sizes and colors of MANA2 drop bars.

The KOKO is a beast in and of itself. The 100% Japanese-made carbon frame integrates Kamm-Tail profiles into the downtube, which offer aero gains while bolstering stiffness at the T47 bottom bracket and head tube.

The KOKO weighs 1,139 grams and is compatible with all major electronic shifting setups. Tire clearance of 32mm gives you plenty of room to ride wide tubeless road tires–even some all-road slicks.

The BHarms NFT program gives buyers various benefits through Chapter2. Each base edition NFT holder receives a 10% discount on all future releases of Harms’ special products (yes, there will be more), and a spot at the front of the line to access them. “Other special gifts and rewards” are also on deck, and you don’t need crypto to buy it. Chapter2 says it will make NFT’s “simple” to buy with a credit card for $200.

If you could hang it on your wall, it’d make your house a fair amount louder, unless you lived inside a Jean-Michel Basquiat. Act fast, only 20 remain as of this writing.

 

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The Bharms x Chapter2 framesets ship this December. Preorder is live now. MSRP: $4,999

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Billy
Billy
5 months ago

Bike: beautiful; NFT: bogus.

byron
byron
5 months ago

Imagine still buying into NFT hype. It takes a special breed,

GRis
GRis
5 months ago

An actual cyclist and renowned designer, Paul Smith came up with those stripes many years ago. A bit surprised to see someone laying claim to that iconic design. Maybe the collab needs a third name?

bradley harms
bradley harms
5 months ago
Reply to  GRis

Ive been making stripe paintings like these for over 20 years in a fine arts context, not graphic design. I’ve also been an actual cyclist for longer. Check my instagram @bradleyharms and you might gain a little more perspective.

Howard Jones
Howard Jones
5 months ago

Paul Smith inspired artwork?

Grillis
Grillis
5 months ago

You can sense a certain tension in Bradley Harms’ art. Turmoil and discipline; chaos and structure; deformity and elegance.

Biggest bunch of nonsense. They’re effin stripes on a bike. And frankly, despite his counter claim in the comments, look more like Paul Smith than his own work.

eric
eric
5 months ago

Just another frame made in China with a fancy paint job… But then 95% of them are made in China in a few in Taiwan and the rest of the world. Indonesia is now getting into the mix and my latest frame had a Made in Burma sticker. I’d rather buy a VeloBuild.

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