Caletti Cycles All-Road

Caletti Cycles All-Road

Leaning up against my living room wall, waiting for a moment when I’m not riding, is an old Santa Cruz skateboard: Steve Alba’s Voodoo deck, set up with Indy’s and pink Bullet 66 wheels. It’s a reminder of the freewheeling attitude that permeates throughout California’s Santa Cruz region — the same spirit that inspires John Caletti to build his custom bicycle frames.

The Caletti workshop is lit by natural light, recycles all packaging materials and, above all, focuses on producing durable and recyclable bicycles. John built this all-road rider for the express purpose of exploring the Santa Cruz region, both off-road and on. “It’s a steel frame and fork, featuring oversize Columbus Life tubing.

“It has Paul (Medium) racer brakes and some old parts Jake, the owner, had. He wanted to run a bar end shifter for the rear and front derailleurs. We cut the bar down 15mm to better accommodate the length of the shifters. We removed the black anodising from the bar, polished it up and put a couple decals on it.

“I made him a polished titanium seat post as well. The big 33.3 Jack Brown tires fit great in there. Jake went all silver for parts, so it was great to get the bars to look the part but still use a familiar and modern shape that matches his road rig.” To me, it’s the perfect Santa Cruz roller. Every angle screams out for adventure.

Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road
Caletti Cycles All-Road

  • What a gorgeous, classy ride. Perfect.

  • I can’t stop looking at it. It’s one of the most perfect builds I’ve ever seen.

  • tertius_decimus

    Why one shifter is on the frame and another one is on the handlebar?

    • Weight and simplicity of cable run. This is a setup found on the mountain-stage rigs of many old professional racers. It makes a ton of sense because you make a lot more shifts with the rear mech than with the front — particularly with a compact drivetrain. I use the same setup on my vintage tandem.

      BTW I love that Sugino crankset. Gorgeous, low Q-factor, and light. One of those goes on my next bike for sure.

      • tertius_decimus

        Um-m… cable routing is simple either @ frame shifter setup and in handlebar shifter setup. Am I getting something wrong? I ride 25-yr old road bike with frame shifters. It took whole month to get used to them (pretty uncomfortable but definitely realible and simple), so if I had to choose the way I’d like to change the gear, I’d choose both shifters installed onto handlebar. Less time and body movement required and you stay focused on the road. Still unclear why front derailleur shifter is left on the frame. Elaborate, please, if possible.

        • Not much to elaborate on, really. DT shifters are great but less so on rough terrain. One typically shifts between big and little rings only at major terrain transitions so why bother with extra cable and housing mass (and stretch/compression/friction) when it can be eliminated?

          Excise all that is extraneous.

          • msg

            Lance Armstrong used a downtube shifter for chain rings and STI for derailleur during many of his Tours. Not that he’s a model… but he was a gearhead.

            Leonard Zinn wrote about it once.

          • He was one among many. In many respects.