One of the endearing qualities about a frame made by John Caletti is the fact that it was made by John Caletti. John makes every effort that his business is as environmentally sound as his frames are structurally — this new titanium road bike is full of good karma.
The customer, Nate, is a tall rider, a perfect customer for John, who loves making bikes that fit people perfectly. Having the empathy to create a dream bike that rides well for someone, and making it look as great as this, is a special trait.
John is aware of the impact that his business has on the environment, and works hard to ensure the effect Caletti Cycles has is as low as possible, by recycling programs to being a member of 1% for the Planet: ‘donating 1% of sales to groups working to preserve and protect our environment’.
Both steel and titanium are options for John’s road bikes, and he offers a few variations in styles; from straight-up high-end road racers, to adventure road bikes and disc road bikes. Nate chose the more traditional route with a frame designed around a mechanical Dura-Ace groupset.
The frame is finished with a ‘satin speed blast’, save for the polished logotype on the down tube and the trademark gull design on the tope tube. The contrasting carbon of the ENVE 1.0 road fork leads the charge.
Nestled in-between the dropouts is an Industry Nine i25TL wheelset, whose rounded Torch hubs complement the ergonomic and modular nature of Nate’s bike — there’s no sharp edges here, and it’s all quite easy on the eye.
The frame is topped with a custom Caletti titanium seatpost and a Fizik Antares Versus saddle. Chris King’s mango headset provides a further contrast to the orange and monotone theme, along with the Salsa quick release levers and ti King Cage bolts.
Big thanks to Peter Thomsen for the photos.