Handmade bikes from Cielo, part of the Chris King family, were back this year. It’s pretty cool when the people you talk to at a booth are one of the guys who actually welds the bikes (in this case Buck Owen) and a PR guy who regularly rides and races the product he sells (that would be Chris DiStefano).
Below, shiny bits that go into the making of Cielo frames, and some paint samples.
We helpfully informed the staff that they should make a whole new set of Chris King color options to match the Cielo frames. No problem, right?
They told us that their popular 29er Mountain Bike—that’s its name—has gotten some tweaks: Paragon Machine Works’ new “rocker” style anti-slip dropout, S-bend chainstays for tire clearance, and a 44mm head tube that will fit tapered steerers. Sadly the bike’s retro seatstay caps had to be sacrificed in the name of progress, but that’s OK. Frames will go for $1,695.
A closer look at the dropout:
We also spotted a bike using stainless steel tubing from KVA, the Sportif Racer SE. Look for this tubing to show up in all kinds of places. This high-end road frame is $2,495. (Ignore the sign—that ain’t no cyclocross bike.)
It doesn’t end here, we’ve got a lot more coverage of Interbike 2011.