I will say one thing about carbon fiber frames, there’s a vast amount of area available for an artist to illustrate. Dario Pegoretti has a slight advantage using the larger diameter tubing of Columbus Spirit and Scandium, but they still pale in comparison to the canvas offered by carbon fiber. KirkLee have utilized this feature to a far greater extent than the designers at those multi-national corporate bicycle manufacturers, their Art bike is a wild splash of color. Literally.
Brad Cason has done a sterling job of drawing my attention to the beauty of a handmade carbon fiber frame. I can now look at one of their handmade frames with the same appreciation I have for steel or titanium. Of course, carbon fiber will always be a completely different beast, and lack the æon-old integrity of steel, but hand made is still hand made, and they share a common adversity in nameless pop-out frames from an unknown factory. KirkLee have thrashed enough of their frames to assure their reliability and, dare I say it, integrity. Brad can summarize, “…the next time you hear “carbon has no soul,” they are not talking about KirkLee.”