Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

Eric Estlund is a regular exhibitor at Bespoked, which is on again in April. This new build was completed amongst his show bikes and is named after its particular characteristics — like his other creations. This one, however, must be the most curious.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

A look at Eric’s previous work is not just an insight into one of the most quietly talented builders in the US today, it’s also a lesson in zoology, architecture, and sociology: the Calypte, Galene, Volute, Suzume, and Quiscale are past examples.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

This new frame will be used for long day randonnées on mixed-surface roads, as well as the occasional path ride and camping trip. Its new home is Pittsburgh, not too far from Eric’s workshop in Centre County, Pennsylvania — and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

Eric used a specific mix of Columbus, Deda and True Temper tubes based on the rider’s needs, tailored towards the type of riding he will engage in. Eric knew it would be fluent and fast, yet large and robust, so he named it after a suitably appropriate beast.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

The golden mahasher, or mahseer, is a monstrous game fish inhabiting Himalayan and South Asian rivers, and can grow to 9ft in length, and weigh up to 119lb. It’s a member of the carp family, whose golden scales are so large they have been used as playing cards.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

It’s an apt moniker, although this bike is much more svelte than its namesake. The frame is built using a bi-laminate construction, topped with a custom ‘French Point’ stem and a custom bag support over the front wheel.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

Dura-Ace rear mech and shifters will offer crisp and reliable shifting, powered by White Industries cranks, chainrings, and hubs. Eric spec’d Nitto handlebars and a black Gilles Berthoud saddle, polished Paul brakes and a bi-color Cane Creek headset.

Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher

Todd Eroh painted the frame with golden-green shades, along with the black stem and matching Silca pump. The golden mahasher may be dwindling in numbers, thanks to overfishing and habitat loss, but this one is looking forward to a long and strong career.

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Cold Golden Scales: Winter Bicycles Mahasher