• Velt

    I could not be more jealous

    Why mech over electronic groupset?

    • Simplicity. If there’s a problem with it, then I will always be able to remedy it. I don’t have any electrical engineering experience so the powered groupsets are like black boxes to me that I can’t fiddle with.

    • Coach

      I think the better question is why electric over manual?

  • Torontoflatlander

    Well, now I need another bike.

  • Robert

    Lovely bike. I’m surprised you are finding the Pacenti SL23 rims not durable enough, I’ve been running them for a couple of years over a variety of terrain (I’m about 78kg) and never had a problem. At least you have version 2 of the rim so you can get the tyres on and off without blisters, they are a big improvement over the first version.

    • Stewie Griffin

      Tires are a difficulty with the v2 version, conti’s need to be stretched by heat before being able to apply them. Also I have bent the rims 3 times already in 2000 km and my weight is a heavy 69 kg’s. I’m guessing they aren’t made for power

      • Robert

        Stewie, I have both versions. V2 is a lot easier:) I have never bent a rim, after maybe 15000kms on Pacentis, but maybe that is just good luck. Try Schwalbe One, a lot easier to mount on either version of the rims and despite initial concerns I now quite like them and in some ways prefer them to Conti, slightly softer ride and cheaper.

  • Robert

    Matt – how are you finding the Schwalbe Pro One tyres are holding up?

    • The Pro One is a definite road tyre. I’ve now lost two of these tyres to cut sidewalls while riding some rocky unpaved roads. Going to a larger tyre might help this problem but for now I’m avoiding the rough stuff.

      With all that said, they roll on bitumen very nicely.

      • lefthandside

        Try IRC tubeless? A bit obscure but I’ve really appreciated these as a tubeless options on my own DA9000 hub/pacenti SL23 wheels. in 25 mm they go to about 27mm wide on the wide rim and grip is awesome

        • NY’er

          Finally another IRC convert! I’ve been riding the IRC Roadlite tubeless 25mm for about 4 years now and I love them. Only ever one flat (thanks to a Boulie tack which I sealed with emergency sealant as the hole was too big for my Stans). I’ve just had a pair of the RBCC 25mm ones delivered (not fitted yet) and eager to try them. Which ones do you ride?

  • Timiji

    That’s dead sexy! I’m wrestling with the financial controller over one of two final bikes in my stable (yeah, right ;)… Ti road bike is one of them, Baum is high on the wish list. Well done.

  • Jaybo

    that’s a gorgeous paint scheme, good work!
    hints of the old gulf livery on ’60s racecars :)

    • I only recently realised that it also recalls Merckx’s bikes too.

      • Craig

        Colours also remind me of the cover of Tim Krabbe’s ‘The Rider’

  • Todd!

    Beautiful Matt.

    Welcome to the Baum Owners Club. Bike looks nuts. Your head tube and saddle Height is a bit lower than mine. aesthetic is very similar though. Enjoy the ride!

    – TMK

  • BRK

    Wow! That’s awesome. Love everything except for the rims :)
    I’ve really got to give a titanium bike a go one day.
    Nice write-up. Thanks.

  • slowK

    Great article Matt. Loved reading about the process and your choices – thanks!

  • Nitro

    So this is how the CT Staff roll…..

    There’s only one possible reaction to that one…

    Dear Mr Wallace, please find attached my resume for the (unadvertised) position of …

    I’m uniquely qualified because of my extensive experience in …. Ah heck, that’s not going to work is it ?

    Back to square one…

  • Coach

    As a Baum owner, and having been through the process I think I can say that’s the best description of the process that I’ve read. Indeed – it bought back great memories of my day in Geelong even down to catching the old rattler train and seeing Ryan turn up all smiley to pick me up.

    And the bike! Mate that’s beautiful. Mine is three now and still a source of amazement. It’s kind of difficult to describe but I haven’t tired of it at all.. indeed every ride is a treat. Enjoy!

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  • dcaspira

    Hi Matt – stunning bike, and thanks a heap for sharing. There’s some really interesting stuff going on there with the Geo – it reads to me quiet pointed at the front and balanced with a grippy rear (long stays and low BB). Is that the right interpretation, love to learn more. Thanks :)

    • I’m a fan of a low BB and I’ve found I don’t need to lower my center of gravity to get this bike to hold its line through sharp bends. And yes, the bike is nicely balanced, but I can’t tell you if that’s helped by the longer stays. Ryan/Darren really concentrate on the steering and handling when deciding the final geometry and that’s one of the reasons why I chose a Baum over so many other great bespoke frames.

  • Luke Bartlett

    Desert island bike

    • Spider

      That would need much bigger tyres!!!!!

      ba…bing….thank you ladies and gentlemen, on on every Thursday…try the veal!

  • Wily_Quixote

    Beaut bike, and this is not a criticism, but curious as to why you’ve chosen not to use disc brakes or do not have space for larger tyres – especially as you have expressed a taste for riding unpaved roads.

    I don’t think that discs and larger tyres are passing fads. Have you restricted yourself to a 2010 bike for 2016 and beyond?

    • VK

      Is this a trolling attempt?

      • Wily_Quixote

        If I was going to troll you would be in no doubt as to my intention.

        Now get back in whatever box you popped out from.

    • At the time when I was deciding on the bike I wasn’t happy with the road disc options and standards and could see that there was a risk of picking one that might become obsolete. Things are clearer now but I’m still a little hesitant until I start seeing disc brakes incorporated into groupsets from Shimano and Campagnolo (I don’t have anything against SRAM but the ergonomics of its road disc brake levers don’t play well with my hands). In addition, Darren had yet to decide on how to design a disc-equipped Corretto.

      I agree with you about the value of wider tyres. This trend was also in its infancy as I was deciding on the bike, so the options for forks and tyres was very limited. I’ve started experimenting with different tyres, trying to find a robust and reasonably wide tyre that will work on my Baum for tougher terrain. Having experienced wider tyres on disc-equipped bikes, I already understand that I’m not going to be able to achieve the same result but its something I’m willing to compromise on. This bike remains primarily a road bike and I choose unpaved roads to make things a little more challenging, so having undersized actually helps keep things difficult.

      Deciding on a “traditional” road bike was always going to lock me into what almost certainly will be a passing era but what a way to see it out!

      • Wily_Quixote

        I have nothing against traditional bikes (it is what I have) just curious as to where you were headed when you commissioned the bike.

      • Micky D

        Great write up Matt. I usually run Schwalbe One 25mm on Pacenti’s for my Corretto and have not had any problems on some pretty rough roads with occasional gravel. When I take her out on proper gravel I found Panaracer Gravel King 28mm worked a treat

        • I’m about to try a couple of different 25mm tyres (Vittoria and Veloflex) but after seeing a 28mm Continental blow up to 31mm on a wide rim (DT) I was reluctant to test 28mm tyres. Have you tried any other 28mm tyres on your Pacenti rims?

          • Micky D

            The 25mm Schwalbe measure about 27.5mm and the 28mm Gravel kings measure about 30mm. No issue fitting the Gravel Kings with the Enve fork. Tyre pressure also makes a big difference with these rims and tyres as I’m sure you are aware. I am 75kg and run the 25mm tyres at 70f/80r PSI and have no issue with pinch flats. I recon I could easily run lower than this but haven’t got around to experimenting.

            • Thanks @disqus_mS0q9v0K85:disqus that’s very useful info. I recently found 50psi in 28mm Conti GP4000 S II tyres (that measured 31mm) worked really well. The tyre (width, brand and model) and terrain really dictates the final pressure; I’ve been finding that I can get to the optimal pressure pretty quickly by riding a bit of chipseal and letting the air out until the vibration starts to disappear.

          • MidLifeMark

            Great write up Matt. I’ve had my Corretto for nearly two years, and your sentiments echo mine.
            I’ve been running 25mm Continentals on HED Belgium rims, but recently put a 28mm Conti on the rear. I’ve now got a fast limousine on rougher roads (of which we have lots in the hills to the north east of Melbourne), and don’t feel I’ve lost anything on smoother tarmac.

      • Spider

        Gives you an opportunity to go back and build a gravel/CX/all-road with Darren in a few years when you’re ready!

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  • Mark Blackwell

    I’m in love with your wife, almost as much as this bike

    • I’m going to keep both for a long time!

      • velocite

        The reference to a supportive partner makes a nice change from the usual rubbish about hiding invoices and so on.

  • David Milner

    Gorgeous bike, and extra marks for the bar tape, end caps, bottle cages and skewers! Beautiful touches.

  • Detlef Jumpertz

    This is a thing of beauty …. need a lotto win

  • Stewie Griffin

    Can you give some more info on the fitting and why he moved you to a smaller frame size & dropping the handlebars. It seems to me, you are now 2 cm shorter in reach, but 2cm lower in reach, basically almost levelling those 2 out but than again he’s raising your saddle? I’m very comfortable with my fit, however, I’m having trouble getting low and aero in the front. I’m thinking of going more stretched, but as I read this, you seem to be getting more comfortabel, lower and aero with going shorter & lower?

    • Sorry, bike-fitting is not my forte, but yes it seems to me that there something of an arc in effect defined by how far one can reach, so if you want to get lower, then then hands must come towards the body. I had done a fair bit of self-experimentation prior to seeing Ryan and had lowered my saddle to compensate for too much reach, and that was robbing me of power.

  • Saisan

    Wow, that is one special bike, be proud, be very proud! Possibly one of the very best custom bikes I have seen. To be finishe with the super record mechanical is just the icing on the cake. Extremely jealous. Hats off to Baum, well played.

  • Liam

    Matt, i’m in the process of finalising my custom Ti frame/bike with local (Perth) Tom at Aura Cycles. I was considering whether to go for a custom eTAP frame, however, I have also decided to go with mechanical Campy Super Record. I always set out for this to be a timeless/lifetime bike and based on this, mechanical was the only way to go. Electronic shifting/disc brakes will be the new normal in the very near future.

    • Spider

      Liam, no offense, but Lifetime/Timeless is a strange concept (and I’ve had 4 custom bikes, 2 active ones which are 10 and 12 years old)….we don’t see men on their 1980’s custom frames pedaling around. Eventually the technology passes the frame by (new standards etc) and we can’t replace parts. It’s much more pronounced in mountain biking…you try and upgrade your 5 year old bike and it quickly dawns on you that other than second hand bits you’re out of luck!

      Happy with the decade on my Peg and Parlee…15 years will be my aim. But the only way I’m getting a lifetime is to hang it on the wall after I’m done.

      • Liam

        Hi Spider, no offence taken, what I meant by timeless/lifetime was a traditional shaped frame (w/ round tubes), sized specifically to my personal geometry, made of a material that is durable enough to last my lifetime and with mechanical shifting. I believe cables will always be available and there has to be a point of diminishing returns in relation to how many gears you can have in the rear cassette before weight and size become an issue. I’m ok with 11.

        Right now, the Madone 9.9, LOOK Aerologht, F8 etc date a bike to this time period and will look old in 10 years, as does a central internal battery (Di2, EPS); this is where I see eTAP being a game changer in electronic shifting and batteries are only going to evolve in the future. I don’t want to deal with replacing a group set in the future because a battery has died and that battery can’t be bought anymore because there’s been two new releases of group sets with different batteries. In my opinion, brakes will always be cabled and there’s no way I would trust wireless brakes.

        If you look at a BAUM built in 2016 compared to 2006 and it would almost be identical. Compare a 2016 Madone to a 2014 Madone and they’re a completely different bike.

        That’s why I’ve decided on my custom Ti frame, I want something I know will stand the test of my lifetime. The shapes of modern bikes are always going to change and electronic shifting is only going to evolve. I think manufacturers will always offer bikes in traditional shapes and mechanical group sets simply because they’re tested, tried and true (just my opinion which could very well be right or wrong).

  • winkybiker

    I’ve joined the cue for a custom Ti bike form Naked Bicycles on Quadra Island. Delivery is still 12+ months out, so I’ll be painstakingly deliberating over details and components over the next year. It’s going to be a “non-race” bike that does just about everything else, from winter club rides, year-round commuting to backroad adventures and maybe even some lightweight bike-packing. Hydraulic discs, mechanical Shimano groupset, top-run cables and clearance for 40mm tyres and fenders (mudguards). The idea is to get the same fit as my summer/race bike, but perhaps just a couple of cm higher at the front.

    Articles on these custom bikes give inspiration and ideas.

  • Pretty bike! Funny how you go see someone who knows what he’s doing and he then proceeds to turn your position/fit ideas upside down. But you trust the guy and when you finally get the bike built up and climb aboard – it all becomes crystal clear. I was lucky enough to have it happen to me almost two decades ago with the legendary Antonio Mondonico, who built bikes for Chiappucci among others. The downside was I had to get rid of all my old, ill-fitting bicycles. But it was worth it, as I’m sure you’ll agree Matt!

  • Yuri Budilov

    My own Romano Ti will be 7 years young in Nov 2016 and after >50,000 km later it rides the same as it did in Nov 2009.
    And I only waited 5.5 months for it.
    The quality remains long after the price is forgotten.

    • Spider

      Quality: you only cry once!

  • Kevin

    Beautiful! Absolutely stunning. Can relate as I remember how I felt when I picked up my Moots CR that was perfectly built for me. (Thanks for that)

    Envious of that build! And agree with mechanical. When it works, SR is just such a classic joy to ride!

  • Feral

    Matt – great looking bike. I thought I would leave it for a few days before enquiring about the Pacenti rims. I’ve also had a set of custom wheels with Pacenti rims made for my Baum. They’re a great wheel – functionally. However, I’ve had to replace one of the rims already (SL23 version 1) with a couple of spokes having pulled through the rim (12 months old). I now have a version 2 on the back wheel. I’ve recently noticed a depression in the braking surface of the other wheel, possibly as a result of hitting a pot hole or other, although I have no recollection of a significant hit. What aspect of the Pacentis compromised their durability for you?

    • I had the same issue as you but it happened much quicker. No complaints about the quality of the ride and their weight was great.

    • winkybiker

      That’s just appalling. Spokes pulling through rims? It should never happen. Ever.

  • jh

    Matt, wonderful article. I’d love to see articles like this regularly, although I realize that may be difficult. A couple questions. can you elaborate on the problem with the rims? did it dent? Become untrue and noticeable during a ride, or did you notice it on the repair stand? is it a brake track issue? did spokes-nipples pull through?
    Do you feel the “logo” on the busyman saddle while seated and pedaling? why the larger diameter seatpost?
    does your knee ever contact the handlebar when standing on the pedals?
    I love the fact that you used older campy skewers.

    • The Pacenti rims suffered the kinds of problems that others have reported but they developed in a matter of months so I wasn’t interested in pursuing replacements. No problems with the brake track or denting though.

      I’m not aware of the embossed 77 when I’m on the saddle and my knee can come close to the bars, I’ve yet to give them a smack. The seatpost diameter is dictated by the tubeset, which was chosen to suit my weight and desires. Given what I know about Baum’s aesthetics, I suspect they like to keep the main tubes in proportion with one another, so no skinny seatpost.

      It took a little while to track down a NOS set of the Campag skewers but it was worth the effort (and expense).

  • Durte

    Yes, lovely bikes. Great job.


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