This collection showcases some of the possibilities that have been created around the time of our launch.
Each model is designed around a particular rider, fit and concept.
The sky (or the road) is limitless for what you would like to envision and see turned into your ultimate dream bicycle.
Our artisan team loves to create...
Emotions are the frontier.
Model: MC-001 Pacifica, 2021
Tubing: Columbus SL tube set / Cinelli vintage lug set
Price As-Built: $5,250
Materials are a large inspiration on this build. Campagnolo components, Columbus MAX fork, Gipiemme dropouts, and vintage Cinelli lugs with the famous Cinelli “spoiler” bottom bracket from New Old Stock.
The seatstay joint was a split decision at the frame jig…I was at a fork in the road; either to miter the seat stays for brazing to the Cinelli fastback seat tube lug, or…to leave the Cinelli fastback seat tube lug proud and braze the stays on a seat tube sleeve.
It ended up being an interesting move, which I value for much more than aesthetic reasons. The result is an ever present reminder of the possibilities inherent in life and to keep yourself open philosophically.
We chose top of the line components including a special in-house handmade wheelset on Ambrosio Nemesis tubular rims, Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes, brass spoke nipples, and Campagnolo Record Hubs. The tires are Challenge silk casing Strada 1000 TPI tubulars with cream sidewalls.
Model: MC-002 Mourning Dove
Tubing: Columbus Spirit for Lugs and Kaisei / Steel lugs hand carved to resemble a Colnago C59 carbon frame lug set.
Price As-Built: $5,800
An all steel gravel bike with bird and pine motifs inspired by our years spent in Japan.
It features rim brakes with Hunt wheels on Challenge 700x36c tubeless clinchers and Campagnolo drivetrain (Ekar/Centaur).
Originally envisioned as all Columbus Spirit for Lugs, we included a 0.4mm wall thickness top tube and Rene Herse 0.7mm chain stays. Because the latter is curved and designed for a 10 degree spread on the BB and the BB is 7 degrees, this meant some special chain stay bending was called for to match the dropouts...suffice to say it turned out very elegant and was a fine match for the S-bend Zona seat stays...Rim brakes. Of course. We went with the Velo Orange Grand Cru to fit over the Challenge Strada Bianca TLR 36c on HUNT Race Aero Wide alloy wheelset. On top of that, the lug set is hand carved to match a Colnago C59, how elegant is that?
The brake calipers - being the Velo Orange Grand Cru calipers - prove that you can have gravel and rim brake on the same bicycle! We built it with millimeters of excess reach left with 700c rims. On top of that, these have to be the proudest, most stout calipers on earth. Tech notes: the fork is designed with 380mm distance axle to crown, with spacing up to 38c tires.
Model: MC-003 Ciclamino
Type: Competitive Racer/Road
Tubing: Columbus SL
Price As-Built: $5,600
This one is different. Sometimes we rely too much on traditions, and the other half of the time we rely too much on technology, trends. I wanted to build a bicycle that looks handmade, which takes the best traditions from vintage frames, but which also looks and feels incredibly quick and responsive.
The starting point was Columbus SL tube set with a 1" top tube, even if I had to "force" the seat lug to accept it with a custom stepped top tube lug. Then by lengthening the head tube, the frame stands much prouder and looks larger than the 52cm size it actually is. A threaded 1" steerer with studio-made fillet brazed steel quill stem completes the look.
Raising the bottom bracket and flattening the chain stays jumps across vintage and goes straight into antique territory, which also benefits the lengthening of the seat stays for elegance. Horizontal Silva dropouts tie it together nicely, but I was sure to leave breathing room in the rear triangle so that the wheel/frame gaps in the front and rear more or less match. I was weary of seeing rear wheels jammed up against seat tubes, if you know what I mean?
Carbon bikes have shown us the outcome of function over form, and off-road styles have shown us the advancements that can occur through the application of innovation and engineering. With the MC-003 Ciclamino here I wanted to make something cool and original that was handmade and looked like only a file and hacksaw had touched it. I looked into my rudimentary studio and imagined a frame maker of the 1940's asking himself what can he do differently to define his next build while the torch works its alchemy.
Model: MC-004 Silver Sunrose, 2022
Tubing: Columbus SL and Zona, brass fillet brazed
Price As-Built: $5,400
As a replacement build of a Surly Straggler, we went with fillet-brazed Columbus SL and Zona to make the Maiorossé frame super leggero (super light), responsive and easier to handle, and then brightened it up with some of our Italianate details and bi-laminate lug work.
Also fun is the hand selected vintage bric-a-brac from the Richard Sachs studio for the braze-ons , which are perfectly complementary in both quantity and style, so we were excited about that.
The bicycle also features the 650B x 38c @reneherse Loup Loup Passes to make the bicycle true to all things “all-road”...