NAHBS 2012 – Cyfac’s Full Custom Carbon/Kevlar, Steel Road Bikes

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac Absolu full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

Cyfac, pronounced see-fak, is based in France and builds custom steel, aluminum and carbon fiber bicycles. The carbon frames are hand built using tube to tube construction with Kevlar sections at each joint. Each one is hand made one at a time and painted in house. There are no decals. The Absolu takes 35 hours from start to finish, some pair schemes take 10 hours to complete.

Absolu is their flagship, can be full custom with choice of BB, headtube and geometry, ISP or regular. This Italian customer’s bike was Campy EPS with a paint scheme he designed. As is it’s about $15,000. Of that, $600 is brakes and about $6k is the EPS system, according to Cyfac.

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac Absolu full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac Absolu full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

Shaped tubes give them a good base of stiffness with more or less stiffness created through the joint construction. Above, you can see the front of the top tube flattens out with a groove in it. Below, that same shaping is used at the bottom of the downtube.

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

Each frame gets its own blend of kevlar and carbon joint construction to tune the ride to the customer’s style and size.

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

At left, you can see the raw frame in the foreground and the finished product behind it.

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac Absolu full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

The Absolu can be made any way you like it, with standard cable runs or Di2.

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom lugged and fillet brazed stainless steel road bikes

Above, a fillet blazed XCR Columbus stainless steel road bike comes in at $3800 for the frame, fork and headset with custom paint from their online paint builder.

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

Lots of options for custom paint. Frames start at $1900 for full aluminum frame with carbon fork. Top end can be $8700 for full custom!
NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom lugged touring bikes

They also do lugged steel and carbon tandems with dual rear brakes and Gates Belt Drive:

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

Comments

Chris - 03/06/12 - 1:47pm

That blue touring bike baffles me. Why would you go through the expense of mounting a front rack and then use a bar mounted bag? Completely defeats the purpose. Then again the bike also plastic fenders. You’d think a French bike would come with Berthoud bags and fenders…

dgaddis - 03/06/12 - 2:21pm

I didn’t know you could fillet braze stainless.

Eric - 03/07/12 - 3:46am

Eric with Cyfac here. Just to explain the blue Vintage touring bike. When you have to build up 7 bikes for a show halfway across the world with things lost in transit and other hazards, you have to make some decisions at the last minute. OK, so the front rack isn’t ideal with the handlebar bag but it was just to get a rack on the frame when there was one missing due to a wayward box. I appreciate the eagle eye but that’s why! As to the fenders, we are happy to equip the bike however the customer would like.

Julius Kusuma - 03/07/12 - 11:52am

Eric, is that a Campa drivetrain on the blue Vintage tourer? Was it hard to set up with belt drive?

And what do you mean by “dual rear brakes”?

That bike looks awesome, and the front rack can double as a place to put a map on, for navigation.

Gillis - 03/07/12 - 8:23pm

@Julius:
The blue tourer has a chain, well actually that’s hard to tell, but you can see two chainrings. The tandem has a belt in place of the timing chain. Dual rear brakes refers to the tandem and its rear v-brake and disc brake. The disc brake would normally be set up as a drag brake for long descents. An eagle eye might notice what could be a bar-end shifter on the end of the right-hand side of the captains handlebars. That would be used in a friction mode to engage the brake and leave it on during a long or steep decent.

Eric - 03/09/12 - 2:01am

The blue VINTAGE tourer is chained. The chain was missing (again, something lost in transport unfortunately). The tandem can be configured in a variety of ways, with belt drive, internal Di2, v-brakes, disc, 1 1/2″ x 1 1/8″ front-end, etc along with all of the finish variables. Take a look at http://www.facebook.com/cyfac and you can see a beautiful new tandem frame that we just delivered. This one has the hydraulic rear disc cabling inside the frame!

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