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Marty's Reliable, High Gear Cyclery, Jay's Cycle Center, Montclair Cyclery

The featured bike this week is this S-Works Roubaix with Sagan Celebration graphics. Jim V. built this bike with mechanical Dura Ace. It is spec’d with S-Works carbon cranks with Look Keo Blade pedals.  The client wanted a strong wheel set built for the rough New Jersey roads that will also hold up well on[…]

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Riding bikes on lesser traveled gravel backroads has an allure of peaceful aggressiveness that makes any ride better. These roads are often devoid of traffic, save for the occasional passing farm equipment or friendly neighbor driving past with a wave and a nod. It’s a window into another world of rolling pastures and picket fences.[…]

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Behold, the 2017 S-Works Roubaix. This bike is stunning. It is handsome. It is absolute. Sam worked very closely with the client in designing the most beautiful Roubaix. Eric P. meticulously built this to spec with Dura Ace 9000 Di2 with climbing shifters mounted to the handlebar. Enve Composites SES 4.5 AR Disc wheels were chosen and[…]

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Jim custom built this trail crusher some time ago. This is an S-Works Fatboy with XX1, Raceface cranks, Crank Bros cockpit, and finished off with Specialized Fast Track rubber. The client recently upgraded the wheels with custom-built Nextie Premium Xiphias rims with custom colored graphics laced into Industry Nine hubs to match the overall scheme[…]

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The new “Merz” edition Sequoia from Specialized delivers both aesthetics and performance in a well-apportioned package. Simplistic styling gives way to key details that one would expect from a one-of-a-kind custom bicycle built by a freelance framebuilder in a small-time operation on the west coast. We loved the matched leather-look bar tape and saddle, along[…]

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For this bike of the week, we showcase this S-Works Venge Vias. The client reached out to us from Brazil and coordinated this build for pick-up during his visit to the US for business. The client knew he wanted the S-Works Venge Vias. Although he liked the original stock build, he wanted it to be better[…]

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