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What a great NAHBS this was!:

I can’t say enough about the tremendous show that was hosted in Denver last weekend. The 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle was a huge success. The people of Denver came out in full force to show their love of cycling. We are proud to be a part of the Denver cycling community. We were also [...]

The Twenty2 Cycles Bully is a four season fatbike ready for the snow or singletrack.  A new baby girl in the Twenty2 family inspired this Colorado Custom titanium fatty for Mandy!  Check it out at booth 1234.


World’s lightest travel tandems!:

Paketa Magnesium Bikes will be showcasing the world’s lightest travel tandems at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show. We will be displaying two D2r travel tandems. One with two couplings and one with four couplings. Whether you choose a 2-coupling or 4-coupling frame depends on how–and how often–you travel with your bike. The 4-coupling [...]

We have built two “green machines,” so now let us introduce the dream machine.  This is one of the most detailed KirkLee’s ever built.  Our goal was to show off our tube molding and build a beautiful 29er.

The head tube utilizes a Lefty with 1.5″ steer tube with integrated bearings and the smooth Cannondale OPI stem. All tube laminates are MTB specific and the top and down tubes are hand laid by our small team at KirkLee. The seat tube is a tapered ISP, which should you ever dislike it can be cut and run a standard 31.6 seat post. The bottom bracket is a 73mm PF-30. Each chain stay is independent (no yoke) and clearanced for a 2.5″ tire and the ability to run a triple if needed. Each chain stay is laid up and shaped for vertical compliance. The seat stays are ovalized and hour glassed. While a straight piece of tube would suffice, the curved seat stay bridge completes the rear ends beautiful lines. The anodized red drop outs are CNC’d from 6061 billet and custom made for each size. The bike is designed to be used with Di2 utilizing  full internal routing and the rear brake line is also internally routed.

Weight for this 21″ frame is 1280g and the complete bike in the form you see here weighs 18.8lbs.

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…

This bike started with a fitting at Shama Cycles. The customer left it up to us to design and build the frame. The cosmetic rules were simple: incorporate preexisting dragonfly artwork into the design and make the bike purple and white. Nordy Design did an amazing job with the paint. Of course the bike still has the full KirkLee treatment with our custom tubes, cable stops and geometry.

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.

The Cheval Noir is a nickname from a 2003 two-week Stephen Roche Tour de France bike ride. As the stages wore on our customer earned the nickname “The Black Horse.” When it came time to paint the bike, the customer wanted a tribute to those days. The bike is clear coat carbon with pin striped logos shot in metallic silver, covered in candy red. Beautifully done with a simple and dark theme. This is the Cheval Noir.

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.

A simple, elegant alternative to adaptive hardware defines the Co-Motion PeriScope tandems. The quick-release dual telescoping seat mast system makes fitting everyone simple and easy. The PeriScope design allows the bike to grow with your children until they’re at least as tall as you are. Simple no-tool adjustments mean that Mom or Dad can ride with the kids within seconds. All PeriScope models feature larger, specially designed  zonally-butted cro-moly tubing to enhance stability, no matter who you’re riding with and to make it fun riding with anyone.

This PeriScope Torpedo model features the superb performance and component selection of our popular Speedster tandem and 700c wheels.  With hand-built DT Swiss and Velocity Dyad wheels, laced here in our factory. Co-motion designed and machined head-tube, bottom bracket shells, self-locking eccentrics, drop-outs, unicrown fork, PeriScope seat masts and collars; all made in-house. Components include Shimano Ultegra kit, Avid BB7 disc brakes, Selle Italia saddles, Continental Gatorskin tires, Co-Motion stoker stem, FSA Gossamer cranks and cockpit.  Like all our steel tandems, the Torpedo has front and rear rack mounts, full fender eyelets and four water bottle mounts. Well equipped for your next family vacation.