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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:06 am 
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Mark from Ventus Custom Cycles ( http://www.ventuscustoms.com/Welcome.html ) found my Engraved Campagnolo parts via eBay and got in touch with me to see if I could engrave an entire groupset for him for his exclusive custom build for the NAHBS bike show. Too which I whole heartedly agreed!

His bike is stunning a very modern retro cross if ever I did see one, very inspiring. It's a titanium/ carbon audax style of build.

Pictures say a thousand words:
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http://prollyisnotprobably.com/2012/03/ ... and-ellis/

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Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZEnbixfKJM


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:18 am 
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:shock: stunned silence :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:49 am 
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Robbied196 wrote:
:shock: stunned silence :shock:


:shock: ......................................................... :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:31 pm 
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Nice bike but....

Why provide mudguard eyes on the dropouts and then use horrible mudguards like those? They look like what they are - tacky add-ons.
What is this obsession with "honey" brown leather?

Apart from that it looks fantastic.

Mark.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:38 pm 
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What have you engraved on it?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:46 pm 
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Without wanting to sound negative...

That thing is the fugliest mishmash of styles I've seen for a long while. It's gimmicky. Not only does it look a mess, but the position is all wrong for an audax bike. An in-line seatpost with a Brooks saddle puts the rider way too far forward with that seat tube angle.

Paul Sadoff's blog has a refreshing take on show-bikes:

http://overopinionatedframebuilder.blog ... -post.html

http://overopinionatedframebuilder.blog ... e-now.html

Tel: I understand that you want people to see your products, but do you really think this is the place for it?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:19 pm 
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Nice work on the engraving Tel, looks a good job.

daccordimark wrote:
What is this obsession with "honey" brown leather?


Did you go to Bespoked Bristol? Same deal there, everything had brown brooks saddles and tape. Didn't see a single, for example, turbo.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:20 pm 
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J i m s t e r wrote:
What have you engraved on it?


The Campagnolo part's front and rear mech, chainset and brake levers: http://stallioncycles.webs.com/engraved.htm


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:47 pm 
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one-eyed_jim wrote:
Without wanting to sound negative...

That thing is the fugliest mishmash of styles I've seen for a long while. It's gimmicky. Not only does it look a mess, but the position is all wrong for an audax bike. An in-line seatpost with a Brooks saddle puts the rider way too far forward with that seat tube angle.


Fair enough and I'm inclined to agree to a degree. There are aspects of the bike that I really like but the seat position really lets it down imho. Also agree with Mark about the guards, I do like the way they cut across the wheel slightly but I think some custom jobbies would have been much better. Made from titanium would have just been ace :)

Oh btw it's not a seatpost is the seat tube extending up and cut to size like some of the new carbon stuff.


one-eyed_jim wrote:
Tel: I understand that you want people to see your products, but do you really think this is the place for it?


Oh...well I thought it would be of interest seeing a modern retro build. Plus I consider the people on here to be my community so wanted to share my news....it seems to have sparked a bit of conversation but I apologise if.....

....actually I'm not sure what I am apologising for or whether one is even due :?

I guess I consider old steel bikes a little like old cars:

Original - for the connoisseurs

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Custom - for the creative

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Modern take for the practical romanticist

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Modern custom for the creative romanticist

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Something like that anyway :D



That reply took ages! Looking through pics of cars....


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:52 pm 
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Not sure about the honey either, just the ultimate fashion statement right now I guess. I do like it but there are so few colours that it actually matches.

The tape and straps were made by these guys in Oz:

http://busymanbicycles.blogspot.co.uk/2 ... mment-form

http://busymanbicycles.blogspot.co.uk/

They demonstrate some oustanding skill with the products!


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