Here is our final Interbike project from September 2013, based around
a frameset built by Kelly Bedford.
More than any of our other bikes, this one had already received a lot
of exposure before going on display in Las Vegas. It was destined to
be in the public eye since the the owner, Charles Manantan writes and
shoots photos for Pez news. So the build was very well documented, and
with no existing genre to fit into it was the subject of a lot of
lively discussion online.
To present the short version for those just tuning in: here was the
debut of a tremendously challenging method of fabricating custom lugs
from scratch. This was akin to building a large diameter frame and
then cutting it apart, and then brazing modern KVA stainless tubing
into these custom-joined substructures. Kelly Bedford broke new ground
here, and few builders in the world could dream of pulling this off.
Going with this radically custom design allowed 1-of-a-kind specs such
as an ISP-type seattube, our sequential Di2 system (with internal
“brain”, wiring and battery) and prototype EE cranks (with a PF30
bottom bracket for the oversized spindle). This was admittedly way out
on a limb for us, as a build for a friend of ours, just to show what
was possible and to try for a result that was completely unique.
Finishing this one was extra satisfying — it’s a bit hard to put in
words how much work went into making just a simple button to upshift
and a button to downshift. Although we have done other sequential Di2
builds, this was the first bike built around these hacks, with success
anything but guaranteed. We did have some glitches (understatement
here) that were sorted out, and we are delighted to hear that Charles