Low Bicycles are handmade in San Francisco, all falling into the racing aluminum frames category. This particular example was used to showcase a new bar tape design from Cadence Cycling, who’s done some great collaborations with Ritchey in the past and offer denim and other clothing catering to the performance cyclist.
Check the detailed paint and attention to detail, plus bikes from a variety of other builders, below…
Shading and layers create subtle depth that’s best appreciated up close.
The bar tape is from Cadence Collection and mirrors their Motion Collection from Fall 2014 . You’ll have to check their website for current offerings and other limited edition items.
Della Santa has been offering brazed steel frames since 1970.
Mostly a gimmick to lure attention to their table, the cross tubed chainstays were executed flawlessly. Considering each hole is a piece of tube inserted into the chainstay, the fit and finish of the design is immaculate. Functional? Maybe it adds a bit of stiffness, but even they admitted it was mainly for looks.
Iride was showing off two new models. The Roadster Il Mercante, above, gets a special build on their Columbus Niobium SL triple butted steel frame to make it more of a city bike.
Compact gearing with SRAM X0 Gripshift on a pull-back handlebar keep you sitting more upright without giving up performance. Get with a steel lugged fork, partial carbon fork or full carbon fork for $2,690 to $2,840.
The Road Racer Nucleo takes the same frame in a speedier direction with more traditionally shaped road bike cockpit parts. Campagnolo Veloce and Xenon derailleurs with a Miche Race compact crankset, optional carbon wheels and Vittoria Zaffiro Pro lightweight tires finish the package.
Retail ranges from $2,890 up to $3,040 based on fork choice. Rack mounts add $40, and the full carbon rimmed wheels add another $1,400.
Repete, which hails from the Czech Republic, made the trip with a couple interesting bikes. The track bike shown above took some basic metal tubes, gave them a bit of flair, then parted it out with go-fast goodies.
The full carbon disc wheels front and rear are the most visually striking, but closer inspection reveals shaped seatstays and the power meter mounted behind the saddle, well out of the way of the wind.
Their gravel road bike was a bit more traditional, but there was just something about that brown color that made it particularly appealing. A duo-tone on the fork legs is almost missed, but adds visual depth to the wheel well and made it seem more aggressive.
Brake mounts force a 160mm rotor minimum but look very clean and wide open for better mud shedding. Check out more on their bikes in our Campy Contest roundup here. Or ride straight over to their website here.