July. 26.17 – Callum’s audax weapon

It takes a special sort of cyclist to ride audaxes. It’s fair to say the long, solo rides between checkpoints, frequently exceeding 300km in length and often on terrible semi off-road surfaces, are not everyone’s cup of tea.

When Callum asked us to create him an audax bike, we knew that stability and durability would be crucial in meeting the demands of these brutal endurance missions.

The frame is built with Columbus XCR tubing and the geometric paintjob, which has that weird, almost optical illusion-style, was inspired by artist Bridget Riley.

We took the buzz dot design and went with exposed stainless for the oval features, to add more noise to the design as Riley might have done. Red highlights were added to pick out the Chris King components and the design was incorporated in the matching mudguards. Finally, to add the real personal touch, we hid Callum’s children’s names within the design.

Equipped with flat mount disc brakes, an ENVE GRD Fork with integrated mudguard and Swarf carbon rear fender to match, this frame is ready for the toughest terrain Callum can find.

The Chris King R45 hubs, headset and bottom bracket come together to ensure a fast-rolling and smooth ride. For sharp and reliable shifting, the bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 which, paired with the disc brakes, offers great control and confidence.

We finished up the bike with Fizik finishing kit, and Callum’s chosen Brooks Cambium saddle – hopefully that’ll keep him comfortable on those very long days on the road.