New Model – Calfee Adventure

Calfee Tetra Adventure SRAM Force

We are very excited to introduce the Calfee Adventure. Click here to view geometry, features and some feedback.  We debuted this model in Austin, TX at NAHBS the weekend of Friday, February 25’th.  Both the cycling press and cyclists themselves were thrilled with our execution; enjoy this coverage from James Huang, technical editor with Cyclingnews.com, as well as this October 2011 review in Mountain Flyer Magazine, featuring our Bamboo Adventure.  Jan Heine, Editor of Bicycle Quarterly, published a review of our Tetra Adventure in the Autumn 2011 issue.  He hated to give it back.  Here is a link to the complete review.

Along these same lines, earlier this year, Zap and Neil at Road Bike Action asked us to build the frame module for a gravel road race project bike.  The challenge; build a bike that Neil (recently retired top domestic pro) could race to victory in a grueling gravel road race.  RBA’s October issue landed and here is a link to the 10 page feature.  Here is a link to complete online coverage of the bike, rider and race.  The results are in; Neil won the King of the Mountains competition and second overall in Crusher in the Tushar aboard this Dragonfly Adventure.  Our Dragonfly with Adventure frame options proved the “perfect” bicycle for the rigorous event.  This video captures Neil and the balance of the Pro field throughout the difficult day; rain, gravel, altitude.

Monday after the show, we met for a ride with a group from Bicycles Outback in Waco, TX.  We “enjoyed” a 110 mile ride on beautiful, rolling gravel roads.  The video captures the Calfee Adventure in its intended environment.

While we’ve been building this road frame for years, we are only now formalizing its station in our model range. This frame is a high-tech take on a frame that has traditionally been built out of steel or, more recently, titanium. This frame may be described as a Randonneur; a bicycle built for performance through comfort. Our definition of “comfort”, at least in this instance, is “avoiding those things that make a rider go slow”. Consider how wide-tire clearance, full-wrap fenders, integrated lighting systems, optional luggage, enhanced stability and improved vibration dampening, among other features, might enhance “comfort” and then “performance”.

Click here to review Adventure geometry and key features.  You can get a very good estimation for pricing by choosing your frame model (Dragonfly, Tetra or Luna), selecting the appropriate Adventure Frame Options package (disc brake or 57mm reach caliper brake) and any further frame options you’d enjoy from our Price List.  Importantly, if you select our dual disc brake frame option, you can select a custom Wound Up fork (650b x 42mm and 700c x 35mm tire clearance) or our modified ENVE 2 (28c clearance) or Comotion (35c clearance, fender eyelet) forks ($250 + fork); our fork modification features the addition of disc brake tabs to a stock carbon fork, adding only 63 grams (413 gram fork weight for ENVE 2).  We had our ENVE disc brake fork tested by ACT and it passed the EN 14781: 4.9.7.3 – disc brake fatigue test.  It is now for sale for $650 (only $250 more than a stock ENVE 2 fork).  This fork is perfect for tires up to 700 x 28; if you’d like to run wider tires, select the Comotion (32c) or Wound Up fork (650b x 42mm and 700c x 35mm tire clearance).

In the meantime, here is an overview of the Calfee Adventure;

  • Available in our Dragonfly, Tetra, Luna or Bamboo frame models
  • Utilizes our Road geometry with up to one degree slacker head tube angle and 43cm chainstays (+1.5cm)
  • 650b x 42mm and 700c x 35mm tire clearance
  • Compatible with full-wrap fenders
  • Front and rear disc brake option
  • Front and rear 47-57mm caliper brake option
  • Multiple full carbon fork (steerer and lowers) choices with disc brake and eyelet options
  • Integrated lighting options

As shown with our SRAM Force stock build kit and fenders, this complete bike weighs 17.5 pounds/16.5 without fenders.  This bike would retail for around $6300.

We’re currently building and delivering these frames to clients all over the world. Please contact us if you are interested in more information.

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