Petra’s Aurora CX


Once riding around London, Petra recently moved to Sweden. That’s where her bike joined her just before the roughest part of the Swedish winter.

To make a bike that would allow for the studded tires to clear and wouldn’t be afraid of the snow, the sleet, the mud, the gravel or the grass, I picked a mix of Columbus steel for the frame and a Whisky Parts N9 carbon fork.

The cable routing uses cable clips on bosses along the top tube. Shouldering is easy, so is maintaining the bike after every outing. The groupset is 1*11 SRAM Rival hydraulic, with Hope bearings and Zipp finishing kit. A simple and super reliable selection!

The paint is inspired by Aurora Borealis – a famous and mesmerising sight of Scandinavia where Petra now lives. The Northern Lights remind me of dabs of paint in the night sky, which Rob at Colourbun Studio re-created by applying acrylic quite literally by hand onto the bike before masking. The logos are a contrast purple and come together with the Hope anodising. One of the most experimental paints on a Mercredi and a great showcase of Rob’s artistic finishes. It definitely catches the eye when zipping through the snow.

Petra has already put her Mercredi to work, with several long days on the saddle in way below freezing temperatures. Most recently, she took on #basemilesnowdown – a 3 days winter riding adventure in the Swedish snowscapes. “finally got to test my amazing aurora in the snow! It’s so comfortable and I love it. Super fun in -15C , I’m excited as never before!”

Tube set– Columbus Spirit and Zona
Fork– Whisky Parts N9
Bearings – Hope
Groupset– SRAM Rival
Finishing Kit -Zipp, Fizik
Wheels – Hope 20Five, RS4 hubs, Sapim Sprint straight pull spokes

Riding photos – Hagen Bender