- If Greg LeMond raced gravel grinders today, this would be his bike. Light wheels, a generator hub, Scott Drop-Ins and a blue pearl paint job combine for a cool, freaky bike. Photo: Nick Legan
- Calfee added a carbon fiber cowling to house the wiring for the generator hub. Photo: Nick Legan
- Ultegra Di2 shifts an XTR crank. A K-Edge keeps dropped chains at bay. Three bottle cage mounts make this bike ready for some remote riding. Photo: Nick Legan
- Scott Drop-Ins offer plenty of hand positions and lots of places to mount bags and accessories. Photo: Nick Legan
- The Schmidt generator hub powers the headlight. It can also be wired to charge accessories. Centerlock rotos and Avid BB7s do the stopping. Photo: Nick Legan
- The newest Calfee integrated seat post battery is externally charged. Before customers removed the seat post and plugged it in. Photo: Nick Legan
- The logo of LeMond's Team Z was iconic. So too were the American's use of Scott Drop-Ins. Photo: Nick Legan
- Calfee's BarStem can be made with virtually any carbon handlebar. With an Enve bar from Calfee, the pairing runs $850 plus paint. Photo: Nick Legan
- Two small holes on the underside of the stem give access to the control box's button and battery level LED. Photo: Nick Legan
At this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), there was a room full of clever ideas and beautiful craftsmanship. And I’ll attempt to pick out some highlights and personal favorites from the show floor. First up are two creations from Craig Calfee.
Before the show, Michael Moore, of Calfee Designs, approached me about collaborating on a one of Calfee’s new disc-brake Adventure bike. I was thrilled to help. We picked the parts spec together and the geometry is custom for gravel and dirt roads. After the show I’ll be putting in some miles on the bike, so a full review is coming.
A couple cool features of the bike include a Schmidt generator front hub that powers a fork-mounted headlight. A pair of vintage Scott Drop-In handlebars is shimmed to 31.8 mm and with the Team Z logo on the top tube, one is reminded of the time when Calfee built bikes for Greg LeMond.
Zipp 303 Firecrest clincher rims are shod in Clement USH tires. Ultegra Di2 shifts a 11-28 rear cassette and a 42-30 XTR crank. Bring on the hills!
A Calfee PowerPost powers the shifting and now features external charging. The socket is on the front of the seat post and also allows a rider to charge a phone on a commute to work, if necessary.
Calfee and his crew also showed a new integrated bar, stem and fork that entirely hides all the Di2 wiring and control box. The SuperClean front end is a system that must be purchased together. Calfee routes the wiring inside the handlebar after it exits the shifter. It then goes to the stem, inside which is the Shimano control box (which indicates battery level and allows adjustment of the shifting). Two holes on the bottom of the stem allow access to the control boxes button and a view on the battery level LED.
The wiring then goes over the top of the steerer lip, but still inside the top cap and exits through a small hole in the back of the steerer int
o the frame. Very precise cutting of the steerer tube is required for the system but the effect is amazing.