Usually when you see Campagnolo Pista hubs with drillium, chances are, they came from the Paramount facilities in the 70′s, complete with Paramount track bikes. Rumor has it that they misdrilled them too large for spoke holes and had to re-drill them, giving the flange a nice, light, facelift.*
While the technological advancements (i.e. weight) of hub designs have improved since then, there’s still that nostalgic allure of a classic Italian component with little circles cut out of it. As others have noted “nothing is lighter than a hole“. Drillium Revival are the minds behind this masterpiece hubset pictured here. Their holes were drilled intentionally and will be gracing one of Chris Bishop‘s 2013 NAHBS bikes.
Oh and they didn’t stop with the hubs. They kind of went all out! See more drilled, milled, profiled and polished Campagnolo Pista at the Bishop Flickr.
*source: Cicli Devotion
Last summer, Chris King gave me one of their soon-to-be-reissued purple NoThreadSets and all I could think was “this will be perfect on the Bishop”. For whatever reason, it sat on my desk, staring me down until the other day when I finally broke out my headset tools and installed it. This, along with the new Tune Skewers I ordered from Fairwheel Bikes (hey, no one could order them locally) brought just the right amount of purple to the already classy Bishop road.
See a few more shots below.
I used to drool all over myself when Aaron Hayes from Courage would post photos of his bikes, so it should come as no surprise that I’m doing the same now. Chris Bishop inherited these iconic track ends from a current client of his / ex client of Courage. It’s a long story, but I can’t wait to watch it unfold at the Bishop Flickr.
NAHBS bikes bring out the best in builders but like many of the greats, they never really have to do anything different. That’s the beauty of NAHBS. Little details like this one in particular really bring a bike to life… I can’t wait to see the Bishop offerings to the NAHBS gods.
Great paint makes beautiful frames absolutely stunning but I guess that hand carved head tube lug doesn’t hurt either. Matt’s CX frame is one of the nicest Bishops in recent months. Aside from the details, I like that he’s doing a steel and a carbon fork. Check out the full set here.
A wise man once said “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades” and those words still hold true today but for those who are looking for cutting edge wheel technology to aid in their performance, the name Mad Fiber might come to mind. Now, I am the last person on the face of the Earth that wants or needs carbon wheels like this but they’re not even mine. So technically, “Don’t buy upgrades, borrow them from the rep” fits here.
Check out more below.
Sweet mother of the open road. Chris Bishop is on a roll with Michael’s road bike. The details on this thing are amazing. I can’t wait to see what he brings to NAHBS. Check out more at the Bishop Flickr!
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of modern Ergopower, I can’t get over how rad this photo is. Chris Bishop’s Flickr is on fire right now, but be forewarned, it might make you wanna spring for a custom Bishop…
I’ve been watching this bike being cut, carved and finished over on the Bishop Bikes Flickr but seeing it in all its matte black glory is making me jealous. Daniel wanted a modern steel bike with classic lines, much like my Bishop and boy did Chris deliver. Check out more shots of this ENVE-laced beast at the Bishop Bikes Flickr.
Photo by Chris Bishop
Chris Bishop has so many NOS Columbus tubesets and the MS, or multi-shaped, tubes are some of the most unique. Here’s a profile section of the tubes. From left to right, non drive chainstay, drive side chainstay, top tube, down tube and Air seat stays. Keep at it Chris. This is a great photo.