Issue 10 of COG Magazine features an interview with David Wages of Ellis Cycles. His 2010 NAHBS ‘Best In Show’ award-winning bike is spread across a fold-out double page spread, and John Trusky’s article reveals a master of the craft of the handmade bicycle, whose opinions reveal a wisdom and experience beyond his years.
You’ll have to buy the magazine to enjoy the creation that deservedly won the coveted award, but this is another of his creations, a slender road frame built for a lucky customer named Chris. Constructed from Reynolds 953 tubing, which is notoriously difficult to work with, the paint and polish is absolutely immaculate. Built up with Campagnolo Super Record, it’s an ideal meeting of classic and modern, a grown-up version of a fire engine-red Schwinn Flyer. The contract was a frame builder’s dream: Chris owns an Ellis 29er, and the basic request for the build was that there was already a yellow and green bike in his stable, so make something else….
Ellis Cycles is based in Waterford, USA, and you can view more of the portfolio via the website. Don’t forget to track down a copy of COG Magazine to gain a real insight into David Wages’ philosophy. Special thanks to Steve Wages for the fantastic photography.