This was the second road bike to roll out of Jake Rusby’s South London workshop in the last two weeks, and the second to be featured on Cycle EXIF in as many days. It doesn’t look like he’ll be stopping work anytime soon, what with the Bespoked 2016 show just being announced. For now, let’s enjoy more of Jake’s craft.
This is James’ new road bike, which Jake constructed from tubes of stainless Columbus XCr, which is the Italian foundry’s premium offering. It’s an incredibly difficult material to work with, as the walls between the butting can be paper-thin. In the right hands, however, it makes for an incredibly strong and frame and a superior ride quality.
The right hands can also polish those XCr tubes to a mirror finish, which Jake has also done. Jake likes to keep everything in-house, from the paint to the photography, and he designed the paint scheme to accentuate the final finish of the polished tubes. “From certain angles the bike is pretty stealthy,” Jake says, “but from others it is full bling.’
There was always a plan to use a lot of carbon parts, so Jake had this in mind when he carefully sanded back the covering of the ENVE forks to reveal the carbon layup underneath. They complement the ENVE 3.4 Smart rims and Chris King hubs, and are matched with a 3T finishing kit and an Dura-Ace groupset.