Caren Hartley Handmakes Custom Fixie for Red Hook Crit
May 30th, 2017
May 30th, 2017
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Award winning South London bespoke bicycle company Hartley Cycles is launching an Ambassador Programme, teaming up with competing riders and endurance athletes and supporting them with bespoke bicycle frames to use in their races and events. The first couldn't be more niche, making a bespoke fixed-gear circuit racing bike for Juliet Elliott, ready for the Red Hook Crit world tour.
Caren's bicycle workshop, Hartley Cycles, will be sponsoring Juliet with a bespoke fixed crit race bike made from a selection of Columbus Spirit HSS tubing with the new Columbus Futura gravel fork and a statement gold leaf and candy fade paint job done in-house by Caren at Hartley Cycles. It’s a simple, clean race frame with a large diameter aero down tube for maximum power transfer and stiffness. Hartley Cycles' trademark asymmetric bridges and hand cut silver detailing add the final touches. The bike is completed with a Brooks C13 Cambium saddle and black rubber bar tape to match. C-Bear supplied the ceramic bottom bracket to fit the Sram Omnium crankset for minimal rolling resistance.
The Build Challenge
"There were some difficulties in the build, included trying to get the optimum handling characteristics without any toe overlap for Juliet, something that's really important for the type of tight bends in courses Juliet will be racing on, as it's fixed" says Caren, head frame-builder at Hartley Cycles, "Although Juliet is 5'7" the tight race goemetry she needed meant that the top tube is quite short, so it took a good day of tweaking, a few mm this way and that with the bike design drawing to get everything working just right!". The geometry requirements were eventually helped by the 50mm offset option on the new Columbus Futura fork, which allowed for just enough extra toe clearance.
"For the paint, Juliet really wanted something that would make a splash, and I'd been experimenting with a very labour intensive finish of gold and copper leaf and candy paint on the Mini Gravel bike I showed at the Bespoked Show", says Caren (see here for our report on that), "I thought this could be a great way to get a really high impact finish on what is essentially a very stripped back race frameset. The front to back fade, is a nod towards the speed blurr and a contemporary take on the 'racing stripe' perhaps!".
The bike will be ridden in the Red Hook Series; a criterium race which has been held annually in Red Hook, Brooklyn since 2008 and now expanding to different cities. Juliet will be racing at Brooklyn April 29, London July 22, Barcelona September 2 and Milano October 14. Check out our race report with video of when RHC came to London and get a feel for what this bike will be used for; generally, thrills, spills and colour!
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