So earlier this week we featured a pretty sensible steel flat bar cross bike built by Vlad Cycles to take on a bit of road and trails.
And now for something completely different, on the complete other end of the spectrum of reality is what Jason Woznick thinks of when you say flat bar road & gravel bike. This custom build is pretty standard fare for a Fairwheel Bikes in-house project. By that I mean that it starts off with a frameset most people would drool over, and then proceeds to jump off the deep end with the most light, exotic, and sought after components you can imagine to put together a bike that pushes the line towards craziness. Built on a stock Altum Disc frame and fork from Parlee, hop past the break to get a closer look at the details…
Fairwheel began with the stock geometry Altum Disc with its 910g frame and 320g fork and clearance for 28mm rubber. They even stuck with the standard paintjob. But from there it kind of went off the rails. The tiny little details start to sneak up on you like the 9g Tune Wasserträger carbon bottle cages, and the fact that the entire bike gets matching anodized green aluminum and titanium bolt upgrades.
The bike’s cockpit stars of fairly tame (for Fariwheel) Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX saddle and a Parlee carbon seatpost. Head to the front and it goes exotic pretty quick with a carbon Mcfk stem clamping a flat carbon Extralite Hyperbar. This is also where the bike leaves the conventional road build behind, and mixes in some mountain kit. To get that upright townie feel with a flat bar on this commuter, Fairwheel swaps in a new XTR Di2 set of shifters and controller/display that handle the rest of the road drivetrain. It’s not the first time Fariwheel has played a bit of mix-and-match with Di2 gear, and surely won’t be the last.
The drivetrain itself consists of a set of Shimano Dura Ace Di2 derailleurs, that simply get upgraded with that pretty green bolt kit. For a chain they throw in the KMC X11SL with a nice black ti-nitride coating.
At the heart of the bike it uses a THM Clavicula SE 110BCD compact road crank , with rings from Carbon-Ti that are, yes made of carbon and titanium with light aluminum hardware. The wheels themselves are also from Carbon-Ti with the big, new ano green straightpull hubs, laced to carbon rims, and are shod in 28mm Continental GP4000 tires.
Finishing it out the bike gets Carbon-Ti brake rotors that are stopped with XTR hydraulic brakes (again that flat bar comes in handy.) And keeping the wheels in place are more green bits, with Carbon-Ti thru-axles.
The final complete bike for tooling around the city (presumably one that you own a good portion of) weighs just 6.021kg/13.25lbs, without pedals. Retail price is… out of your price range if you are asking.