Generally when we do a custom build, it has a lot of carbon, maybe some titanium and has more black than any other color. This bike is not that. The client wanted an authentic classic bike that was still functional for day to day riding. Downtube shifters and delta brakes were ruled out early on. They look awesome, but their functionality is not up to par with modern levers and brakes. We sourced parts from over a dozen different vendors including finding some 'new old stock' parts to complete the build.
The Arabesque story is a very cool one. Colnago discovered a box of lugs from the 80s recently. They are welding them up and when they are gone, they are gone. This is one of the last frames left, although Colnago still has enough lugs to build any size frame a client wants, but for how much longer, who knows. The paint is a gorgeous off-white pearl that is even better looking in person than in photos. The polished fork and stays are a great touch. The client wanted to go for as much high polish silver as we could. While down the road parts might be re-finished with a higher polish and clear coat, for now everything is as close to high polish from the factory as possible. A Campagnolo Centaur groupset with Rene Hurst crankset, custom built wheels featuring Pacenti Brevet rims, Sapim CX Xray spokes and White Industries MI hubs. A Thomson Masterpiece seatpost with Selle SMP Glider saddle in a very cool recently-added tan color. The front-end features a Thomson stem and Ritchey bar wrapped with Gilles Berthoud (actual) leather handlebar tape. Nitto cages and bar-ends complete the build as do some very trick 'new old stock' Campy QR skewers.
While we are going to hate to see this bike get dirty, at the same time, there is nothing better than seeing a bike come back with some great miles on it.
Check out the details of the build below.