I’ve finally finished building the cosmic bike that’s been making customers’ jaws drop over the past few months.  Built to celebrate Dead Rats Cycles’ 8th birthday, this radical Ridgeback upcycle combines the profile of classic French randonneur velos with retro-futuristic TVR sports car colours as influences for a bespoke new do-it-all machine that’s as unique as its new owner…

The 6061-T6 butted 54cm aluminium frame is custom finished with a special reflex lacquer so it appears to be both blue and purple, depending on the light conditions and which angle it’s viewed from, plus a layer of sparkle is visible only when the sun shines on its frame.  My love of mixing black and silver components is evident throughout, with the paintwork this creates a distinctive overall aesthetic.  Hard to capture in the photos, so I invite you to check it out in person!

The riding position is very comfortable and you’ll feel at home immediately no matter what the terrain.  The contrasting black cro-mo forks are an upgrade which, combined with the short stem and custom flared handlebars, provide wonderfully stable handling ideal for touring, commuting and gravel riding – just tune the tyre pressure and go.  But whip off the rack & mudguards and fit narrower 28mm tyres and its weight drops to just over 10kg, making it a sporty road/training bike too.  Want to get dirty?  Fit wider 38mm knobblies and head for the singletrack.

The wide ranging 2 x 9 speed drivetrain combines a quality 11-34 cassette and CNC machined chainrings with classic Shimano bar-end shifters connected to high quality derailleurs.  Tough new handbuilt wheels are shod with puncture resistant 32mm Schwalbe tyres and the bike slows/stops effortlessly with finely tuned v-brakes.  Further nice finishing touches include the metal headbadge – kindly sent to me by Ridgeback themselves – plus the randonneur style front luggage rack and retro brown finishing kit, you’ll find a high attention to detail is evident throughout.

Full Specification:
Frame: 54cm Ridgeback 6061-T6, butted aluminium (custom two tone reflex purple & blue powdercoat with sparkle lacquer, plus new metal headbadge and decal)
Fork: On-One Pompino 1/8″ threadless cro-mo (custom gloss back powdercoat)
Headset: Brand-X ahead (new)
Stem: KCNC aluminium (custom finished to match the forks)
Handlebar: On-One Midge aluminium (custom finished to match the frame)
Bar Tape: Deda Mistral, brown faux leather (new)
Brakes: new Tektro RL520 linear pull drop bar levers with Tektro 836 v-brakes plus new Dia-Compe adjusters, new pads & new Jagwire cables
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace bar end shifters (9 speed)
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 (double)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT Shadow (medium cage)
Derailleur Cables: new
Cassette: SRAM PC-980, 11-34 (mint)
Chain: KMC X9 (new)
Cranks: Spa Cycles forged 110bcd compact, 170mm (new)
Chainrings: Stronglight Comp CNC machined, 50/34 (new)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN26 (new)
Pedals: you decide
Rims: Exal ZX19 (new)
Hubs: Shimano Deore T610 (new, with polished QR skewers)
Spokes: stainless steel (new)
Tyres: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 700 x 32c (new)
Tubes: Specialized Presta (new)
Saddle: Ridgeback, brown faux leather with kevlar scuff protection (mint)
Seatpost: 27.2mm Kalloy aluminium
Seatpost Binder: CNC machined aluminium (mint)
Bottle Cage: will take two (not supplied)
Extras: new full length Stronglight chromoplastic mudguards, new front mini-luggage rack with custom fittings, new stainless steel fittings throughout, chainstay protector, rear rack available on request
Weight: 27lb

Thanks to:
Ashton Powder Coating for the paintwork
Richard Ellison at Madison for the headbadge

Gil Montague at Retrodecals for the frame tube decal

Price: P.O.A.