Photos just hint at the sublime character
of Matt's new road bike.
Here is a redacted version of an email
Matt sent us after getting his bike. His comments mean a lot
to me because he is an accomplished professional motorcycle road
Dude, your bike is f*****g amazing! I made
a couple minor tweaks to the riding position (put an old Alliante
on, dropped it a bit and moved it forward), rotated the bars
slightly and bang, I melted into this bike like none other! I've
only been out on it a few times (less than 100 miles) but no
doubt this bike is special. Solid, balanced Steelman traits,
but this frame gives me even more feedback than my other one
and all the road surfaces are damped to perfection! The bike
is a compilation of oxymorons: firm but supple, solid but quick,
light but sturdy...on and on. Serious, how the f**k do you do
this! I rode my S*v*n after a ride to compare and it felt like
a noodle! And downhill...hahaha, what a blast! I knew it would
be good, but this bike is an apex hunter! The rear of the bike
tracks so well at speed, is very planted, and really drives the
front of the bike. The fork is very good. This bike has a lot
of depth and there are a lot of good miles ahead....I'm looking
forward to getting more time on it. (rain is killing me haha).
Great job Brent, thanks. Just amazing what you can do! And the
color rocks too. I find myself looking down to check it out while
I'm on a ride. Katryn was right calling it a "complex"
color. It has many different tones depending on the light.
frame geometry: custom for Matt
tubing: custom blend Dedacciai shaped tubing
fork: Alpha Q GS30
inspiration for paint: Lamborghini in the Eddy Merckx style
paint: Joe Bell (the headmaster of American bike painters)
build kit: Campagnolo Super Record w/Steelman built wheels