NAHBS 2013: Caletti Debuts Steel Adventure Road Bike, Road Race Special
Caletti gave us a heads up he’d be bringing his new Adventure Road bike, a blend between road and cyclocross bikes, and now we’ve got the details.
Builder John Caletti, who works out of Santa Cruz, CA, says they ride a lot of stretches where there are significant gravel or rough stretches. This provides the performance of a road bike but is more comfortable for long rides than a ‘cross bike.
It’s built with Columbus Life and OX Platinum steel tubing. Click through for detail shots of this and his new, lightweight Road Race Special, which may just burn your eyes…
It’s got “Liquid Color” paints from Spectrum Powderworks, which let the weld detail show thru and better match the anodized components.
Seatstays have a slight S-bend and accommodate a 35c tire safely. Chainstays stay thick almost all the way back for improved stiffness, then taper down so he doesn’t need a huge dropout.
The new Road Race Special is a bike that’s made stiffer and lighter by using a True Temper biovalized downtube and shaped top tube. It can be made with caliper (more common) or disc brakes (shown), and it’s full custom. Oversized Life chainstays and a custom titanium seatpost round out the package.
The blinding fire orange paint scheme gives Festka’s day-glow pink road bike a run for its money as brightest bike of the show.