This is something else. Mitch has been cranking away at the 2012 Randonneur Project builds and he’s posted up a few to the Map Flickr. I don’t think that color could get any smoother. It’s like butter.
So you just moved to Portland and you sold your car, looking for a more efficient way of getting around. Time to buy this Map 650b Disk-ville. $6,800 gets you this complete bike, locked and loaded with the nicest quality parts. This was at the 2012 NAHBS (as a raw frame) and is quite the looker. I bet the ride is worth every penny… See more details here.
Photo via Map’s Flickr
After a successful run last year, The MAP Randonneur Project is on again for 2012. I’m not sure what the details are for 2012, but here’s the gist from last year:
“The MAP Randonneur Project is a traditionally inspired, light-weight randonneuring bicycle made for fast, long rides, mixed terrain, and big 650B tires. Combining the best in modern materials, classic style, and proven randonneuring geometry, the frame, fork, and rack have been designed as a unit to go the distance and provide the ultimate in comfort.
Each bicycle is custom-sized to your specification by choosing individual seat tube and top tube lengths. Provisions for generator lighting, fenders, water bottles, and frame-pump are all standard features. Frame-tubing is chosen based each individuals weight and riding style for the best ride characteristics possible.
In order to keep as close as possible to the custom process, only a small number of framesets and racks are produced each year. Building begins in December with delivery by June. Deposits of $1000 are taken until my capacity is reached.
The cost of the frameset including the same single-color finish included on all other MAP Bicycles is $3000 and the matching chrome plated handlebar bag rack is an additional $375″
All I can say is email them for more information.
Mitch from Map Bicycles‘ work was some of the nicest at the 2012 NAHBS. Every last detail on all of his bikes was well thought out and constructed with care. My favorite was his French-fendered, triple triangle, porteur city bike. I could spend all day with out outdoors, giving it lens love but unfortunately, every time I went by the booth, it was being swarmed with people. Other bikes in the booth included a full-loaded touring bike and a gorgeous road frame, complete with barcons and Mafac-brakes. It was great to finally put a face to a name and a company. Next time I see Mitch, hopefully it’ll be on his home turf. Till then, be sure to check out the gallery.