Matching a modern group set to the classic lines of a lugged steel frame can be a hit-and-miss affair. The latest edition of Campagnolo’s Athena or Record works well with a vintage Italian, of course, as would Shimano’s Dura-Ace group — depending on the frame’s heritage. The latest build by the Six-Eleven Bicycle Co., however, proves that fresh steel is just as ‘modern’ as any carbon fiber frame.
There must be as much steam billowing from the Six-Eleven workshop as the famous Roanoke-built engine it was named after: this road frame is one of three frames back from paint this week. Bryan at Fresh Frame accentuated the pearl white coat with pale silver lug lining — a combination I can’t help but think looks more contemporary than retro.
Underneath are True Temper S3 and OX Platinum tubes, joined by thinned and windowed long point lugs. The spec sheet reads like a gourmet velocipe: take a handful of Chris King (R45 hubs, headset and bottom bracket), 2012/13 SRAM Red and ENVE (cockpit and wheels) and combine. Final weight is 15.75lb, including pedals — a realistic and stylish competitor to any carbon fiber weight weenie.