Sunday, December 27, 2009

Coming Soon: Buttercup Team Edition

****EDITED**** see bottom of the post for pricing information.

Unfortunate, the above bike had a short life. She was a perfect ride. However, as written about earlier in this blog the original Buttercup pictured above was significantly damaged when I was rear ended in route to a race earlier this month. Insurance has sent the check that will pay for a replacement. Others on our team wanted their own Buttercups, too. My complete bike weighed very close to a flat 16 pounds. The next Buttercups will be lighter than the original pictured above.

CERNITZBikes has agreed to build a line of Team Buttercup frames for our team. However, in talking with Neil he has agreed to build more than the 4 or 5 that he is going to build for our team. And he has agreed to do it for swinging deal. If you want to know what that deal is you have to call or email him. His blog is Definitely not Vanilla/Speedvagen prices here and all frames will have custom geometry. In fact, if you saw the original Buttercup, the Buttercup which our team was named after, at some of the later Cross Crusade races this you know how sexy and cool she was.

Each frame's tubing will be particular blend of tubing from True Temper and Columbus. In particular some S3, some Spirit, and a little Life tubing. Also, included will be the Thomson seat post that will be customized so that the brake cable can pierce the seat tube and post. A lot of work goes into just this little modification...

Mine will be singlespeed, but geared versions are possible.

Seriously, if anyone is interested in a killer lugged steel cyclocross race frame give Neil a call or email.

Price starts at $1200 for a singlespeed custom geometry frame, no fork. There are options that one could do to add to the price if fancy lug work is desired. This is a limited deal according to Neil. At this price he is working for minimum wage based on the fact that a frame takes him about 80 hours to fabricate and the cost of materials. I doubt that this sort of deal will come up again any time soon. There's probably only enough room for a couple of more people to ante up to get the deal and receive the frames in time for next cross season.

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