Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One

Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One

Frame building may not be an Art per se, but a Hartley Cycles frame sure is nice to look at. Caren Hartley’s previous career as a jewelry designer is made dazzlingly evident by the purple road bike she made for Elle, an ex-pat Aussie now living in London.

Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One

Caren’s portfolio of custom bikes is growing by the month and while it may not yet equal that of her jewelry designs — a profession which spanned over ten years — they are equally fine examples of her passion for working with metals.

Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One

When she moved from Australia to London, Elle needed a bike that could transport her around the increasingly cycle-friendly city, a bike that she could ride with the club, and then take further afield on more adventurous rides.

Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One

Reynolds 853 Pro Team tubing was used for the front triangle, fillet brazed with a bi-laminate seat tube collar. The allure of those longer rides is built into this frame’s DNA, designed around an ENVE Gravel Road Fork, and with provisions for a rear rack.

Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One

The rear triangle shines like a wedding ring, exactly the sort of finish a customer could expect from a builder with Caren’s skills. The paint was also deftly designed: metallic purple with highlights are perfectly matched to the cherry red Chris King components.

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Massive thanks to Sebastein Klein for the photography.

Raising Elle: Hartley Cycles Purple One