US-based design firm AUTUM created a stir on Cycle EXIF with their Minion bicycle, the limited run of which rapidly sold out. Their exclusive range of men’s accessories has been complemented again with another bike, the Epitaph, a dark and luxurious beast with the rolling comfort of a Chesterfield lounge.
Like the Minion, the frame is custom built in the US, suspended with triple-clamp forks and powered by a single speed drivetrain consisting of 4130 Chromoly three-piece cranks, hauled up by a coaster brake in the rear. The Epitaph features a double rim system with dual tires on the front and rear, which would make for an interesting riding experience. But considering the extent of it’s riding will be short trips between the loft apartment, studio office, deli and clandestine rendezvous, dubious ride integrity will be worth it for the conversation point alone. The ‘turn and tuck’ style saddle and frame inserts are hand crafted from fastidiously selected aged leather, with matching grips. A limited run of 12 assures exclusivity, with laser engraved Roman numerals denoting which of the 12 one managed to secure.
You could really show up Tom Ford at his own show with a bike like the Epitaph. Unless of course, he turns up with his own. It’s a fitting addition to the AUTUM range which, until it was sold, included the ‘Heretic’ sofa, built from a re-purposed 18 gauge steel coffin.