|These hubs finally found their new home!|
Roberts Cycles is the last custom framebuilder located in Selhurst near Croydon, South London. Beginning soon after WWII, Charlie Roberts started as a framebuilder for Holdsworth, Claud Butler and Freddie Grubb. Later in the early 1960s, Charlie branched out on his own and started up Roberts Cycles.
|Yes, "Roberts Hot Pink" is their signature colour. It's manly pink, you know.|
|Look closer and you'll find the distinguished "C" logo near the seatstay...|
|...and a nice Campagnolo shield near the bolt hole.|
Antha is a great fan of Selle Italia Turbo saddle, he also owned one on his Peloton track bike. As a nod to the Cinelli-Campagnolo lugs, we repeated the mix on the cockpit choice. Campagnolo Record 27,2 x 250mm seatpost, Cinelli 1A 90mm stem, and Cinelli Giro d'Italia 400mm dropbars wrapped with Arundel cork bartapes.
|Front brake is on the right side lever. British style.|
To keep in touch with the latest trend on road bike wheels, Antha decided to use the Velocity A23 rims on this build. Recently launched at 2010, the A23 rim is based off Aerohead race rim. With a wider footprint (23mm outer width, hence the name), the A23 allows for a more aerodynamic rim/tire combination when paired with a 23c tire. The tire profile mimics the characteristics of a tubular, gaining increased control and lower rolling resistance without the inconvenience of tubular glue or the dangers of irreparable roadside mechanicals. Paired with Dura Ace 7403 hubs, they still made a reasonably lightweight wheelset.
|32 holes, 3-cross, 295mm Richman black double butted spokes.|