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Domahidy Designs’ latest bike is a road bike. More than just a road bike, the model is the first time Steve’s namesake brand in venturing into the world of carbon fiber. It’s not that Steve doesn’t have any experience with the material; in fact it’s quite the opposite with over 15 years of carbon experience. After designing the carbon bikes for Niner during his stint as co-founder, and then moving on to designing the radical Factor Vis Vires, Steve wanted to start his own brand and steel and titanium mountain bikes were an easy choice to kick things off.

Now that the mountain bikes are rolling off the production line, a road bike seemed like a logical addition to the line up. Simply named the ‘Carbon Road Bike,’ the new model comes as a result of Domahidy Consulting. Thanks to the relationship he has with a certain European brand, after working on the Carbon Road Bike project for them, Steve was able to negotiate the use of the carbon molds to produce the first Domahidy carbon model.

Calling it the “culmination of all he’s learned to date about designing carbon bikes,” the Domahidy Carbon Road Bike looks like a solid addition to the line…

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At first glance the Domahidy Road Bike looks a world apart from the futuristic Vis Vires, but that’s apparently on purpose. Wanting to take design cues from the Factor but wrap them up in a UCI legal package, the Domahidy Road Bike certainly has a more standard appearance. Under the attractive paint, there is a 950g frame (56cm) with a 370g fork (uncut) which “err on the side of safety rather than achieve the ultimate weight.”

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Still fairly light in the grand scheme of things, the frame is designed to maximize stiffness and ride quality (like most bikes), but does so with an asymmetric design and a massive downtube and bottom bracket junction. Flowing straight out from the tapered head tube, the squared downtube meets up with a BB386 shell which allows for a substantially beefed up non drive chainstay. Since the driveside still has to fit the crankset, front derailleur, and tire clearance, Domahidy points out that you can increase rear end stiffness through a stronger non driveside chainstay due to the triangulation of the rear of the frame. The seat tube is also asymmetric, favoring the left side of the BB shell and tapering to the top where you’ll find a 27.2 seatpost for improved comfort.

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Able to run mechanical or electronic drivetrains internally, the frame even includes “full covers and plugs for wireless shifting.” So it looks like that SRAM drivetrain will make it out there eventually (unless Shimano beats them to it). Built with a braze-on front derailleur, the frame and fork use standard road quick release dimensions.

Like the mountain bikes before this, the road bikes are currently available through preorder with the first run being delivered in June. Selling for $1699 for the frame, fork, seat collar, headset, and expansion plug, the frames are available in Gloss Carbon/Sky Blue, or Matt Carbon/Grey. Check out the Domahidy Designs website below for more information, complete geometry numbers, or to place an order.

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Along with the launch of the road bike, Domahidy Designs is also announcing their sponsorship of the local Denver race team, Groove Subaru. The move is a big step for such a small operation like Domahidy Designs, but Steve is excited about the partnership calling it “an amazing opportunity.” Custom Domahidy Carbon Road Bikes will be delivered with the Groove Subaru livery, and you can expect to see them on the road for the 2015 race season!

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Ultraclyde
Ultraclyde
6 years ago

Really digging the graphic treatment on that carbon/blue frame.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I’ve been riding the frame for months and love it! Per usual Steve has figured out how to create a light, horizontally stiff, and vertically compliant bike. Full disclosure, the Groove Subaru Excel Sports bike in the photos is mine. We are very excited to have Domahidy Designs as a sponsor.

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

Nice. Made in Taiwan? Wonder who the Euro connection is.

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

That Subaru paint scheme is one of the best I have seen in a long time.

T
T
6 years ago

Call my crazy, but this looks like a R3 copy with a BB386 rather than BBRight.

SketchyD
SketchyD
6 years ago

Anyone else notice the “popped out” shift cable on the highlighter colorway pic, left hand side photo?

Heffe
Heffe
6 years ago

Pretty.

Tate
Tate
6 years ago

@sketchyD – I believe they intentionally removed the cable to display the plug.

Sevo
Sevo
6 years ago

Steve knows what he is doing. Its’ nice to see him growing his personal brand so d*mn well. A pity that the genius behind good carbon design is hidden forever once the mold is taken out of the oven and all the layers have become one. Congrats.

badbikemechanic
badbikemechanic
6 years ago

This is one of the coolest paint jobs I have seen in awhile. Other brands should take notes.

SketchyD
SketchyD
6 years ago

@Tate – Fair enough! I didn’t expand the photo to see that’s the Di2 cap.

rileymartin
rileymartin
6 years ago

rolled up on a guy last week, up in evergreen. Alex I think it was you. It is an incredibly sharp looking bike especially in person. hope it rides as cool as it looks……
Steve-please please please do a front/rear thru axle carbon CX bike!!!!!

mrazekan
mrazekan
6 years ago

Great paint work on the bikes Steve. The Groove Subaru one especially. Best of Luck!

Serious
Serious
6 years ago

Yeah this is the first carbon bike that I’ve seen in a while that has both clean design of the frame and an awesome paint scheme, without either element being over the top. Very nice.

Adelaideboi
6 years ago

This is a beautiful frame but it is just a Vitus Vitesse Evo under a a different name and paintwork…still a nice looking machine though!!

Rico
Rico
6 years ago

Like it! Great paint, I like all of the schemes. The angles near the head tube are nice as well, similar to the Willier zero7 or the Lightweight frame. Put it on Bikewar against the Willier.

Roy
Roy
6 years ago

Will it take a 28mm tire?

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
6 years ago

Nice catch @Adelaideboi. Looks like they are using the same supplier down to the seat collar.

Graphics are nice.

buzzkiller
buzzkiller
6 years ago

Nice paint for sure; looks exactly like a Vitus Vitesse Evo under it.

TomM
TomM
6 years ago

Every measure in the geometry tables between the Domahidy and the Vitus are identical, and the tube shapes appear likewise identical. Either that’s an unlikely coincidence, or calling it the “culmination of all he’s learned to date about designing carbon bikes” requires an explanation. Did Domahidy also design the Vitus? If not, then this bike is only the “culmination of an OEM deal with a factory in east Asia” with Domahidy graphics.

Veso
6 years ago

It is not problem that is made in China, many really good frames are made there, but it is a shame that BikeRumor and that guy are hiding that.

Steve Domahidy
Steve Domahidy
6 years ago

Guys, great eye on the Vitus. It is the same frame. I worked on that project on this bike with the engineer at the factory that we’re using (who also worked on the Lightweight frame as well). That is the ‘European customer’ I eluded to in the Press Release. I should have known a keen eye would catch that. I have also never hid behind the fact that my frames are made oversees. I have no problem with this fact and am proud of the partnerships I’ve created over there with some amazingly talented people. I love this industry and the people I get to work with, the world around.

TomM
TomM
6 years ago

Thank you Steve for the explanation. You’re back on my list for my next frame!

Alex Kane
Alex Kane
6 years ago

Steve,

Unfortunately this article can give the impression that you designed this frame from the ground up by making statements such as this frame being a “culmination” of what you’ve learned when its clear that this frame was engineered by the factory and sold beforehand to VITUS.

It might be better ethics to fully disclose that this frame is a Taiwanese catalog frame, rather than a custom designed and tooled frame. Since it has your signature on it, it appears that you were the designer of this frame, and people could mistakenly believe you designed more than the graphics.

I hope you can do the right thing and be upfront that this catalog Taiwanese production frame is also available through VITUS. Nothing wrong with that, but its just the spirit of full disclosure that makes it fair to the consumer who pays top dollar for the bike. How would a consumer feel if they thought you custom designed and paid for tooling for the frame, when in reality, it was a catalog bike with new graphics?