Earlier this week, I posted about a set of wheels that turned out so nice, I wanted to keep them for myself and hinted that the frame they were destined for was special. One of the most sought after frame makers in the states these days is Richard Sachs Cycles. The bike industry is typically made up of companies who over supply bikes to the market and then have to discount them deeply to make room for the next model year and the next big thing. That's pretty much the complete opposite to Richard Sachs' model of business. His demand is to high and output so low that he has a wait time for one of his frames, not measured in weeks or months or even years, but could be measured in decades. I'm not sure how I feel about that when there are plenty of other frame builders who can build the same thing in a fraction of the time. I don't think I could wait years for a frame. According to the owner of this frame, he waited 14 years. 1.4 decades. I know two other friends who have been waiting years for theirs.
What one does get after waiting that long is a beautiful frame. The lugs are nicely shaped and crisp. The overall aesthetics are very, very pleasing. The paint job by Joe Bell is flawless with its deep red coat. It's a right proper looking bike that I'm sure will be great fun to ride. If this was mine, I think the first ride would definitely be one with a bunch of dirt thrown in. It just looks like it wants to go anywhere.
I was pretty excited when the owner came to me to have me build his bike that he waited years to get. There were a few parameters for parts that we knew we wanted to stick to. Campagnolo. We both agreed that new 2015 Campagnolo Super Record cranks with their Shimano-esque 4-arm design wouldn't look proper on this bike. And we thought the RS version of the 2014 Super Record would be appropriate. Super Record RS on a Richard Sachs, get it? You already was the wheelset - HED Belgium, Chris King, Challenge Strada. There were a couple other items that needed to be individually chosen that were out of production - Campagnolo Record seat post and Campagnolo quick releases. Both of these were sourced from the great folks at Euro-Asia Imports and really make the spec of the bike dialed.
After 14 years waiting, the owner was justifiably excited like a kid in a candy store. Here's to enjoying the heck out of a great bike.
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