Red Cap Project

Let me tell you about this bike… It is a custom steel, belt-driven, 11 speed internal-hub, disc-brake, “super-commuter” inspired by and in tribute to The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson.


Frame: A mix of Columbus and True Temper tubesselected to provide a balance of torsional rigidity for confident handling, even with the panniers loaded, as well as a comfortable ride

Dropouts: Paragon Machine Works Rocker dropouts with rack mounts and a split for the belt drive

Fork: A segmented crown style fork with thicker blades for disc brake use

Rack: Tubus, powder coated

Bags: Ortleib Back Roller Classic in Scuba Yellow

Headset: Chris King silver

Stem: Ritchey powder coated

Handlebars: Ritchey powder coated

Brakes: Shimano XT

Shift Lever: Shimano Alfine Rapidfire

Belt: Gates Carbon Drive

Crankset: Shimano 105 with Gates CDX Centertrack Sprocket

Front Hub: Chris King

Read Hub: Shimano Alfine 11 speed Internal Geared

Rims / Spokes: Velocity A23 rims, butted DT spokes, brass nipples, handbuilt.

Tires: Panaracer Pasela 32

Saddle: All City Gonzo in perforated red leather

Seatpost: Ritchey powder coated

All I can say was I am truly blown away. The bike is a de facto piece of art. The translation from design to build is even better than I expected.