Ready for another round of two-wheeled eye candy? In this second round of coverage from the 2021 Enve Builder Roundup, we showcase titanium masterpieces from Firefly, No.22, and Bingham Built, plus Argonaut’s latest custom carbon road racer, and other works from smaller brands from around the globe.
Keep in mind, too, that not all of these bikes are over-the-top showpieces; some are beautiful more for their utility than their ornateness, but that certainly doesn’t make them any less appealing.
We’ll have the third and final gallery for you soon enough. And if you missed round 1, you can find it
No.22 Bicycle Company
This No.22 Great Divide road racer uses a Cerakote ceramic finish that the company plans to offer as an option soon. The fully hidden cabling makes for a very clean front end. The combination of grey, white, black, and gold looks oh-so-good. The white makes for such a striking contrast against the titanium’s stark grey that it’s a wonder more brands don’t use it. No.22 does a remarkable amount of the fabrication work in-house, including machining the rear dropouts and shaping and butting the tubes. Silca titanium bottle cages to match, of course. The seatstay bridge offers an ideal mounting point for the rear fender. Amazing. The titanium fenders are a pricey add-on, but if you have the money and even occasionally ride in wet weather, these seem like they might be worth the expense. Fantastic. The Kogel Kolossos oversized pulley cage somehow almost looks perfectly proportional here. Gorgeous welds here. An anodized titanium spacer might seem like overkill to some, but it’ll be just the right amount of attention to detail for others. I love these titanium fenders, but I’d also love to see a flap for a bit more coverage. Firefly Bicycles
This Firefly is built for the (very) long haul. There are variety of neat touches, such as the Cane Creek eeWings titanium crank and oversized rear derailleur pulley cage from Ogle Component Design. If you need to carry even more, there are additional mounting points on the Enve carbon fork. You saw the anodized Rapha Cycle Club stripes, right? Now look more closely at the top tube. Firefly is using Z-Couplers developed by tandem specialist Santana. They’re jaw-droppingly beautiful (and incredibly stealthy). The Ogle Component Design oversized pulley wheel cage is incredibly expensive, but also amazing to look at. Will it make you faster? Probably not, no. But wow. Front and rear lights are very cleanly integrated. Firefly has become a master of various titanium finishes. The seatpost clamp comes from Ogle Component Design, too. You almost can’t even see it. King Cage titanium bottle cages to match? Yes, please.