Firefly Bicycles have now been in production for eight months, and Jamie Medeiros, co-founder and Director of R&D, finally found a chance in-between their busy schedule to build a bike for himself. As you’d expect, given Jamie’s experience in the field of titanium bicycles and having the services of Firefly Bicycles at your disposal, the result is outstanding.
Jamie, Kevin and Tyler, the triumvirate of Boston-based Firefly Bicycles, have not been resting on their laurels. Not only have they maintained a constant output of stainless steel and titanium frames that range from cyclocross to road and track frames, plus a couple of intriguingly innovative commuters, they have perfected a proprietary seat post design that incorporates an ENVE wedge system. Not content to leave well enough alone, they’ve also developed a method of imprinting their branding upon the ti frames with a method of colored anodizing. Jamie’s personal frame employs both the Firefly seatpost and the anodizing technique, creating a graphic scheme that accentuates the futuristic nature of the titanium.
The bike is equipped with Shimano’s electronic Di2 shifting system, which allows for the cables to be routed internally. The rear brake cable also disappears inside the frame, through a 1/4″ titanium tube welded inside the top tube. The maiden voyage for Jamie’s new ride was to be the D2R2 (Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnée) held yearly in Massachusetts, which necessitated the low gear ratio supplied by the SRAM XO MTB crank married to a Shimano 11-25 cassette. For all the techno gubbins, the bike still weighs in under 3lbs. A real testament to the skills of the Firefly team. Keep inspired via their website, blog and tumblr.