IB13: Fair Wheel Bikes, Part 2 – Cherubim’s Rather Odd Twin Downtube & Kelly Bedford Di2 Sequential Shift Road Bikes
The 8.88lb Crumpton road bike and almost-as-light carbon BMX bike were the lightest in Fair Wheel Bikes’ booth (covered in Part 1), but the Cherubim was easily the most unique looking.
The frame used a curved twin down tube that was easily more aesthetic than structural, but not entirely without function. Behind it was a Kelly Bedford that was arguably the best looking bike in their booth and also the most technologically advanced…
Shift cables are funneled into the twin tubes and the rear brake cable is fed into the top tube.
From there, they pop out and run down the seat tube and are routed to the derailleurs.
The brake cable curves under the BB to the hidden rear brake. The rear axle slides in from the back and has to be tightened down with tools. No QR lever to kill the aesthetics.
And no Fair Wheel build would be complete without something carbon and super light.
Kelly Bedford’s polished, lugged frame would be worthy of a post on it’s own, but they managed to hide some impressive tech on it, too.
The rear brake cable snakes out of the top tube, through the seat tube and down to the eeBrake.
The retro looking brake levers have push buttons mounted to the inside. One side shifts up, the other shifts down, and it’s all controlled by electronics hidden inside the stem. Fair Wheel’s used this before on a mountain bike, but it’s still impressive.
It was also sporting a paint-matched set of eeCranks, which sadly won’t be going into production any time soon.
Pretty lugs and paint.
Stay tuned, there’s a Part 3 coming soon…