Words and pictures by Paul Skilbeck
Ed: This is Paul’s second article from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show which this year featured a ‘Best Campagnolo Equipped Bicycle Contest’ that he explained here in his first piece.
Moots Il Vecchio Patata
Hailing from Steamboat Springs, CO Moots needs no introduction. With their entry, the company paid tribute to long standing patron of all things service: Peter Chisholm. Peter founded Vecchio’s Bicicletteria in Boulder Colorado and has been a lifelong dedicated Campagnolo saint.
The name of the bike itself means “the old potato”, which is Peter’s handle. The bike features old school geometry, a limited edition silver Moots head badge, engraved seat stay tips, handpicked US-made seamless titanium tubing, and the 80th anniversary Campagnolo group set. And just in case you’re wondering, yes, that pump is made of titanium too!
Lundbeck XCR Race
Max Lundbeck, building in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a classically trained engineer who builds with steel. His entry to the Campy contest was a no-compromise road racing bike made with fillet brazed Columbus XCR tubes, and Enve 1.0 fork, Campagnolo Super Record EPS drive train and brake set, and Bora 35mm wheelset.
Seen live, this bike has tremendous presence. A real head-turner.
Shamrock Yngvar’s Cross Racer
Most of the bikes in this contest were out-and-out road racers, so a cross bike in the mix on its own would have been worth a double take. But Shamrock’s Ulfberht-themed bike was a real head-turner. Shamrock owner/builder Tim O’Donnell operates out of Indianapolis and has earned a pretty big following there by making great bikes at a very reasonable price.
The Campagnolo Record equipped crosser was built for a Norwegian customer who is not shy about his heritage and so had the renowned Viking Ulfberht sword logo added to the frame, which also sports a Norwegian flag theme.
The frame is lugged steel, using a mix of Columbus Life and Spirit tubes, and O’Donnell set the geometry for longer-distance gravel events and winter training, as well as cross races.
Casati 80 anni Gianni
Founded by Pietro Casati in 1920, this famous Italian bicycle company was steered by his son, Gianni, for most of the 20th century. Last year was the 80th year of operations for Campagnolo, and Gianni Casati would also have been 80 in 2013. So Casati created the 80th anniversary frame to mark the coincidence of these two great Italian cycling brands.
The frame is fillet brazed using the ultra-thin Columbus Nemo tubing, which at 747 (7mm at the ends, 4mm in the middle) is as thin as just about any on the market. The build is accomplished with a Campagnolo Chorus groupset and Fulcrum wheels. Gold colored dropouts and chain match the gold leaf frame wording. The 80 Years badge is made of titanium. Overall the bike has a very clean look, achieved with internal cable routing and a neatly placed seat clamp bolt inside the top tube.