For the 2011 season, Studio Velo has launched a new project in conjunction with Cyfac, one of our select brand partners, to bring a truly unique bike at a truly remarkable value. For the last 3 decades, Cyfac has been building bikes to handle the most demanding roads in the world for many of the most discerning riders in the world. Many top European professionals have ridden Cyfacs to victory in the hardest races on the planet. Many passionate cyclists have ridden Cyfacs on their most epic and memorable rides. And every bike that Cyfac hand builds embodies that same passion and experience which truly separates them from the competition.
Our goal was to bring you a bike with these qualities at a price that competes with many mass-produced bikes. By pooling our expertise and resources, we have developed Project Cadence. We are very proud and excited to be able to offer such a unique complete bike starting under $4,000 without cutting any corners. This bike starts with Cyfacs Cadence frame and fork
, and is outfitted with a FULL Shimano Ultegra drive train, Fulcrum wheels, a Ritchey cockpit, and a Selle Italia saddle. Completing the experience is a full Retul bike fit with Colin Beardsley, one of the most knowledgeable and experienced bike fitters in the country. Pairing an amazing hand built bike with great components and a perfect fit, all at a remarkable price is the result of Project Cadence.
Here are a few words from Erikc Sakalowsky, co-owner of Cyfac to further elaborate on this project.
Cyfac Project Cadence Bike:
Studio Velo delivers a truly “custom” experience to each of its passionate customers. In keeping with their focus on quality, precise product selection, and focus on “the ride” we at Cyfac have partnered with Studio Velo to deliver the exclusive Project Cadence complete bike. Built on our Cyfac Cadence
frameset chassis, we offer the only 100% French designed, built, and painted frameset available in the US. We keep our entire operations under one roof in a modest little workshop in France’s Loire Valley. Wine, food, and Cyfac – those are the main staples of our little corner of bucolic French countryside and we’ve tried to infuse some of the best aspects of what we do into this exciting project.
How does it ride?
The Cadence is the classic Euro blend of dynamic handling, stable performance, and sublime road manners. Our geometry is neither too fast nor too slow. It’s a little bit of Goldilocks-inspired “Just right”. Our selection of carbon fibre grade is done to conform to real world realities of sketchy pavement and it delivers a ride that is stiff when you want it, resilient when you need it. The Cadence is an all-day bike that is equally at home on the tightest criterium course or a session of climbing and descending up and down around Mt. Tam.
How does it look?A point of pride at Cyfac is that we do all of our own finish work. And, we use real paint, not decals. The result is a lustrous finish whose beauty matches the quality and craftsmanship of the product beneath. We invested in an eco-friendly paint process several years ago to deliver both a nicer product and to ensure that our painters and world around us were being cared for better. This Cadence Project bike features our “Mega” paint scheme for a contemporary yet classy look that’s sure to attract its fair share of admirers.
How’s it spec’d?
We’ve selected a great blend of components that deliver an amazing level of performance, durability, and style matching the Cyfac Cadence frame. Shimano is an industry leader giving you all of the drivetrain/shifting/braking parts, Fulcrum offers some of the world’s best wheels, and Ritchey gives top performing cock-pit components. This bike is designed to deliver you up, down, and around all of the great Marin County riding adventures you can muster.
Come by SV any time to take a closer look at the Project Cadence. We are happy to spend some time talking with you about this bike or any other offering from the crew at Cyfac. To temp you a little more, here are a couple of pictures of some Cyfacs we recently built.
We will also have a demo Di2 specific Absolu arriving from Cyfac next week. Come take a look or take a ride. This bike will turn heads and ride like a dream.
And to temp you a bit more, click here
to see some highlights of Cyfac and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
Thanks for reading, and happy pedaling.