What Aoife had to say about her bike made me smile so much I thought it’d work better than anything I could write myself.
This is one smooth and stiff, mean, dream race machine.
When Adeline started building bikes, I wanted one. I know her design talent, methodical and uncompromising approach and her need for speed. I knew it was going to be good, beautiful, process driven and built for performance.
The outcome did not disappoint. It’s smooth as can be, easing the lumps CX hurls at you. Responsive. Fast. And having a geometry made to measure, well, it feels like the bike has been built for me.
It’s a beaut to look at, clean classic lines, unfilled fillets coated by glossy paint (by Cole Coatings), has a raw beauty about it. It looks handmade, as it should, yet beautifully finished at the same time.
Down to the technical, it’s stiff with generous clearance, bent stays and 1* 11. Disc brakes help avoid mud clog in wetter conditions. Whilst external cable routing, English threaded bottom bracket and cable actuated Hydraulic brakes make it super easy to look after in my small London flat.
All these things make me love this bike, so much I’m neglecting my others, but there’s another reason why. I was involved in the process, it feels like I’m a part of it. Adeline was available throughout the process, from helping me choose a groupset, designing paint, right down to suggesting an orange Hope headset and seat post clamp which really pulls the whole aesthetic together. Details, aesthetic and performance, this bike ticks all three.
Tube set– Columbus Zona, Paragon Hooded dropouts
Fork– Columbus MUD
Headset– Hope Tech
Groupset– Sram Rival CX1
Finishing Kit – Zipp
Handmade Wheels by Seabass Cycles:
Hubs – Shimano CX 75, Rims – DT Swiss RR 511 DB , Tyres – Challenge Grifo
Photos – Robin Godden