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Winner of “Best City Bicycle” NAHBS 2012

The Mezzaluna Mixte by Muse Cycles is designed for a comfortable upright riding posture with a step-through geometry for easy mounting and dismounting. Additional design features include:

Flowing curves
Integrated front and rear racks
Dynamo lighting
Gates Carbon belt drive
Internal cable routing
Hydraulic disc brakes
Shimano Alfine 8 or 11 speed internal geared hub
The Mezzaluna Mixte frame is constructed from a custom blend of double butted, single butted and aircraft grade 4130 steel to ensure classic steel ride characteristics.

The frame is joined using a combination of TIG welding and silver and bronze brazing techniques. Additional features on the bicycle pictured include a graphic carved into the bi-laminate seat cluster and a custom bi metal head badge.

The Mezzaluna Mixte pictured is finished with two-tone wet paint with painted-on decals and graphics. Lug work is highlighted with a contrasting color and the entire bicycle is covered in a pearl clear coat.

Mezzaluna is Italian for crescent moon, a name reflecting the crescent curve of the two sloping top tubes. The Mezzaluna Mixte is designed for comfort, durability, functionality, and style Designed for a comfortable upright riding posture with a step-through geometry for easy mounting and dismounting.

Our ongoing collaboration with RBA to build and evolve the ideal gravel road race bike has resulted in key updates to the machine that Neil originally received/raced. Among other details, we’ve enhanced the electronics and created clearance for 27.5″/650b x 42mm tires. Simply remove the existing 700c wheels and replace with the smaller diameter 650b hoops with larger diameter treads. Similiarly, in particularly muddy conditions, you could opt for a 650b x 29mm or 32mm, to dramatically enhance mud-clearing capacity.

Earlier this year, Zap and Neil at Road Bike Action asked us to build the frame module for a gravel road race project bike.  The challenge; build a bike that Neil (recently retired top domestic pro) could race to victory in a grueling gravel road race.  RBA’s October issue landed and here is a link to the 10 page feature.  Here is a link to complete online coverage of the bike, rider and race.  The results are in; Neil won the King of the Mountains competition and second overall in Crusher in the Tushar aboard this Dragonfly Adventure.  Our Dragonfly with Adventure frame options proved the “perfect” bicycle for the rigorous event.  This video captures Neil and the balance of the Pro field throughout the difficult day; rain, gravel, altitude…

If you’re not seeking the extreme capabilities of our Americano, Divide or Pangea models the Cascadia is one of the finest touring bikes money can buy. The Cascadia provides an incredibly stable ride and the kind of positioning you want when your goal is to cover more ground while taking in the scenery. Light, oversized and custom Reynolds 725 Steel tubing and outstanding hand-built unicrown touring fork built in-house.  Designed around 135mm frame spacing for compatibility with 29er and 700c disc wheels, and clearance for 38c gravel grinding tires. Other key features include dual disc brakes for excellent safety and control, fittings for three water bottles, front and rear racks along with full fenders.

Shown here with the standard kit; Shimano Ultegra 10spd triple group, hand-built wheels with DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Velocity Dyad rims, Thomson post, Chris King headset, Avid BB7 disc brakes, FSA bars/stem, and Selle Italia saddle.

Integrate cycling into more of your life. The CityView is equipped with the Shimano Alfine rear hub to keep your commute and your errands low maintenance and hassle-free. Simple and clean belt adjustment with the Co-Motion self-locking eccentric and Alfine specific drop-outs made in-house. Tough, over-sized and custom Reynolds 725 Steel tubing with a hand-built unicrown fork.  Shimano’s Alfine 11-speed internally-geared hub means sleek, derailleur-free riding with a superb gearing range. Dual disc brakes for excellent safety and control. Civilized and upright body positioning helps you arrive relaxed and fully charged.

For this upcoming NAHBS show we decided to build a special edition of the CityView model, to include the new electronic Shimano Di2 Alfine drive-train. Complete with flat-bar thumb shifter, gear and battery indicator, and short battery mount under the down-tube. Of course, we couldn’t resist drilling the frame for internal wire routing and cleaner appearance. How could we improve on this ultimate commuting and city machine? Integrate the new Gates CenterTrack Carbon Drive for a clean, reliable and quiet ride. To achieve this, we had to CNC machine a custom CenterTrack cog to work within the tight tolerances between the electric Alfine motor and hub itself.  The result is the smoothest, low maintenance and trouble-free city bike!

We hand-build all of our wheels at Co-Motion and this CityView is no exception. We chose the Velocity Dyad rims with a Shimano Dynamo front hub to power up an E3 Supernova headlight and your favorite GPS or smart phone on the go. Final details include House of Kolor (HOK) pearlescent paint with logos applied in a reverse masking process, all performed in-house. Chris King headset, Selle Anatomica saddle, Thomson seat post, Avid BB7 disc brakes, and FSA cockpit.  Designed to accept your favorite fenders and racks, the CityView may just change your life.

With its ultra-rugged frame, fork and big 29” wheels, the Java is equipped to take on extremes. Getting away from vehicle traffic has never been easier or more fun. The Java’s stout frame and specially-built fork are designed to get you to your most exotic destination grinning widely. Designed with custom super sized zonally-butted cromoly tubing and in-house made drop-outs. With plenty of clearance for large tires and fenders, it can also be equipped with 700c tires for road touring when riding “civilized” and disc brakes make it easy. Of course, front and rear rack mounts, full fender eyelets and four water bottle mounts are standard on the Java.

This special NAHBS edition of the Java model will be built around the Rohloff Speedhub 14-speed internally geared hub, dual Co-Motion self-locking eccentrics and Gates CenterTrack timing belt and drive belt for low maintenance and reliability. We decided to add polished stainless steel S&S couplers to compliment the 17-4 stainless Rohloff-specific dropouts to make for the ultimate touring tandem. Final touches will include a new Co-Motion 14-speed machined drop-bar shifter, Son Schmidt dynamo front hub, Schmidt Edelux headlight and USB powered stem top-cap. Everything you need for self-contained adventures off the grid.

The Americano Rohloff touring bike combines unmatched frame reliability with the amazing Rohloff Speedhub’s 14 internal gears, eliminating the need for derailleurs. Borrowing from our tandem experience, we include our own machined self-locking eccentric bottom bracket for simple and clean belt alignment. And incorporate standard 145mm tandem frame spacing for a super strong dish-less rear wheel. We designed our own polished 17-4 stainless steel dropouts for elegant and simple integration of the Rohloff hub system. These Rohloff-specific dropouts are designed for the OEM version of the Rohloff hub, which automatically re tensions the belt when replacing the wheel.  No need to align and tension the belt every time you change a flat tire. Plus these new dropouts are stronger, stiffer, and definitely sexier.

This edition of the Americano Rohloff uses the Gates CenterTrack belt drive system for sleek appearance, low maintenance and unparalleled reliability while touring. You will also notice the new Co-Motion made 14-speed drop-bar shifter, conveniently placed next to the stem for comfortable upright shifting. Other key features include; dual disc brakes for excellent safety and control, larger head-tube with Chris King internal headset, fittings for three water bottles, front and rear racks along with full fenders. With polished stainless steel S&S couplers, this is the ultimate touring bike to travel the globe.



Performance-hungry athletes seek out tight, accurate handling, proven components and a company they can believe in. Co-Motion Cycles builds every custom Macchiato specifically for each captain and stoker, and it delivers on all accounts. Using proprietary ACMUltra7 zonally-butted 7005 aluminum tandem tubing, specifically engineered for the Macchiato. At 24.8 lbs with the optional Ultegra Di2 package, the Macchiato isn’t just light it is simply the best-performing tandem on earth!

This limited edition Macchiato tandem displays a special paint scheme, with design cues from a Vaught F4U Corsair in celebration of Co-Motion Cycles’ 25th anniversary. Using a reverse masking processes with House of Kolor pearlescent paints, all performed in-house.  What better way to celebrate our American roots and our love for speed than with a tandem that flies at attack speed?

The CX Rex is the ultimate light-weight Cyclocross and gravel grinding bike. With its semi-compact design and size specific ACMUltra7 zonally-butted 7005 Aluminum tubing, made just for Co-Motion. Featuring an in-house made tapered head-tube and outfitted with a Chris King Inset internal headset to accommodate the ENVE disc CX tapered carbon fork. With full housing cable guides, it’s ready for the new wave of hydraulic brakes and control levers coming soon.

The CX Rex also features a BB30 bottom bracket shell, along with the new Co-Motion Cycles machined Interchange disc drop-outs with replaceable hangers. Both machined in-house, of course. Other details include 135mm frame spacing for compatibility with 29er disc wheels, and clearance for 38c gravel grinding tires.  This show bike displays our Team Masking paint option, which utilizes a reverse masking process done in-house, allowing customers to choose body and logo colors and includes the painted carbon fork to match.

These were my solution for those days when you need just a little something to pull over your face.  Stretchy and soft these cowls are the perfect size to pull up over your nose then squish down around your neck when the sun comes out.

Winter hat with earflaps plus a neckwarmer/gaiter to pull up over your nose when the going gets tough.  I make sets from a range of materials – the most popular has been a handsome charcoal gray with recycled polarfleece lining in the earflaps and neckwarmer.  Others one of a kind sets are from recycled men’s polo shirts with reclaimed sweater lining in the earflaps and neckwarmer.  Running jersey in the top of the cap keeps your temperature moderated on challenging rides.