KirkLee Hand Drawn

Custom geometry disc brake cyclocross bike. Created by slightly out boarding a set of road seat stays and using our 1st generation MTB chain stays. The bottom bracket is 68mm and it uses a 135mm rear hub. The drop outs are one piece 7005 Al with angles cut for this specific bike. Shimano Ultegra Di2 rounds out the build along with White Industries center-loc hubs and Evnve disc rake wheels. The paint evovled from a combination of mixing high visibility with hand drawn pinstripes and colors taken from a picture of a ceterpillar. Enjoy!

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KirkLee Zoncolan

This was a fun bike to build. We were given just enough information to deliver the customer’s needs, but freedom to “make it elegant.” Things to note are internal Di2 and external Chris King headset. Paint directions called for silver logos, red highlights and a final clear that is between flat and gloss. The name comes from the owner riding a KirkLee up Mt. Zoncolan during the 2014 Giro d’Italia. This is the “climbing KirkLee.”

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KirkLee Maroon Candy

hat happens when a professional fitter tells you your really nice bike needs tall spacers under the stem? You call KirkLee to build a similar bike, but with fine tuned geometry and no spacers. We finished this KirkLee off with a candy maroon fade and metallic silver logos. Looks amazing outside in the sun. It’s already set a few Strava KOM’s, so watch out!

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KirkLee Gabby

This bike was wonderful to build. Starting with a custom fit, we discussed every aspect of the bike. We raked out the front fork due to a shorter top tube and lengthened the chains stays to gain wheelbase. Most KirkLee’s start simple and get complex. This one started out complex with ideas of a dragon wrapping the front triangle and became more elegant. During the paint process we viewed it in the sunlight and knew it was “complete.”

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KirkLee Indo

Long conversations over geometry, discussions over handling traits, and bike comparisons led us to finalize the geometry on this bike. While this bike will run a mechanical gruppo, if you look closely you will see custom made hole plugs with no wire provisions (under the top tube and bottom of the seat tube) to be removed when the switch to electronic is made. Paint consists of candy maroon tubes that fade into clear carbon joints and two metallic silver KirkLee logos. The difference between good and great? It’s always in the details!

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KirkLee Thunderstruck

This bike started out as most KirkLee’s: custom tubes, geometry, the works. Paint began with a rocking geometric street art theme that ties in the stem and seat post. The metallic silver color was matched to Dura Ace components and inside the pattern we used a dark metallic gray. We added blue pin stripes to make logos pop. Every where else we let the carbon fiber shine.

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KirkLee Paisley

The inspiration behind this bike was a balance of just enough, but not too much. The paint was based off of a production frame that used logos in obscure places. All white panels evolved into flowing paisleys with scrolling panels highlighted in metallic silver. The custom geometry is complemented by the ride qualities of our sculpted independent stays.

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KirkLee Surfliner

The latest generation KirkLee is the result of using our in-house manufacturing to offer an independent-stayed road bike that further shows off the KirkLee craftsmanship. We designed the seat stays with hour glass curves that round, ovalize and gain height depending on the location and angle. The chain stays are sculpted inside to clear extra wide rims and up to a 28c tire and outside to clear chain rings and heels. Chain stays are extra tall near the bottom bracket and are ovalized as they meet the drop out.  The rear dropouts are CNC’d aluminum with drive side provisions for electronic shifting. Our goal was to make the dropouts as artistic as the rest of the bike. Both inside and outside of each dropout are machined for weight savings. All of this is topped off with a beautiful carbon fiber brake bridge. The front triangle is still contains the custom in-house molded tubes synonymous with KirkLee.

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KirkLee Cheval Noir

The Cheval Noir is a nickname from a 2003 two-week Stephen Roche Tour de France bike ride. As the stages wore on our customer earned the nickname “The Black Horse.” When it came time to paint the bike, the customer wanted a tribute to those days. The bike is clear coat carbon with pin striped logos shot in metallic silver, covered in candy red. Beautifully done with a simple and dark theme. This is the Cheval Noir.

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KirkLee Backlash

This customer wanted something sedate. An anti-cycling team bike. Team Backlash if it existed. While the bike was to be understated, we still wanted small amounts of color to contrast the carbon. The geometry of the bike is the result of a fit session from Bike Effect in Santa Monica, CA. To reduce toe overlap we adjusted the geometry to work with a 50mm offset fork and a Zero Stack series head tube. All in all a very fun bike to build.

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KirkLee Butterfly

How do you build the perfect road bike for a triathlete? Contact KirkLee of course. The build started with a custom fit from Tad Hughes to help us dial in a geometry great for riding all day long. We did our regular magic and built a frame with our in-house molded tubes and custom layups. A SRAM Red group with Quarq power meter complete the build. Nordy Design’s paint job came out wonderfully. Subtlety was the key. Light purple accents of henna and butterflies adorn the purple bike and really shine in the sun. This bike might be a wall hanger, but rest assured it’s a bike that can take on many miles.

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KirkLee Heule Cyclocross

So what do you do when a six time national cyclocross champion asks for a KirkLee? You use his expertise to design a cyclocross bike that is ready for the World Cup. Features such as a PF30 BB, internal Di2 wiring, stand alone rear brake adjuster and the front brake cable hanger mounted to the fork make this bike ride as nice as it photographs. It was a pleasure to build this bike. Over the years Christian has become a great friend of KirkLee.

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KirkLee BMW Cyclocross

This is KirkLee’s new cyclocross frame; designed with input from 6x Swiss National Cross Champion Christian Heule. In this frame we wanted a cyclocross bike that rides extremely well and minimizes front brake chatter, which is why this frame has a cable hanger mounted on the fork. From input we have learned what makes a good cyclocross frame great. We molded an adjustable rear brake cable hanger out of carbon and Ti that is part of the frame. While we have a Di2 version, this frame has 9 of KirkLee’s handmade cable stops which mount on multiple diameter tubes.

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KirkLee Atlas Shrugged

Simplicity, clean lines, translucent carbon work and the trademark KirkLee ride were the goals on this custom frame which is a tribute to the Ayn Rand novel. This art deco design includes straight lines and powerful figures that took a lot of work to portray on round tubes. The end result is beautiful. The bike was built with a PF-30 BB, tapered head tube, a few lightweight tubes thrown in for good measure and all the other tricks that make a KirkLee special.

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KirkLee Green Machine

This bike started at the 2011 NAHBS with a prospective customer looking at a similar painted bike and complimentarily saying “You guys have to build me one like this.” We agreed but we do not build the same bike twice. The result you see here is version two. Full Campy Super Record, Ritchey cockpit and Rol D’Huez clinchers on Alchemy hubs round out the package.

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KirkLee Hardtail 26″

The 2nd phase of the KirkLee hardtail prototype. We polished the 6/4 Ti dropouts to a mirror finish. We converted it to disc brakes using Chris King hubs and ZTR Alpine rims. Rotor cockpit, a Magura Durin SL fork and Marta SL brakes, which perform as good as they look. Weight with out pedals is in the range of 19 – 20 lbs and is as explosive as you can imagine.

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KirkLee Hand Off

Walking the isles at Interbike we were handed a picture of a frame, basic dimensions, and instructions to “Build something like this.” This frame uses a standard 1 1/8″ steer tube, Ti shell English thread BB. If you look closely you will see an externally butted seat tube. After finalizing the dimensions we built what you see here. Another KirkLee custom built to spec and a true one of one.

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KirkLee Frost

Less is more was the theme for this bike. The bike’s original design was to be stealth with subtle logos and graphics. The logos you see here are frosted into the clear with no actual color applied; only a change in texture. When the bike gets wet, the logos disappear.

Stiffness is the #1 ride quality of this frame, which is why the carbon layups are brought farther down the chain stays. This bike also uses one of KirkLee’s externally butted seat tubes where the front derailleur clamp and seat clamp area is 34.9mm while the rest of the tube is slightly smaller in diameter. This frame uses a SRAM Press Fit 30 bottom bracket, which looks bitchin’ with the Cannondale SL BB-30 cranks. The frame is topped off with a 1.5” tapered head tube adding to the stiffness.

When asking the owner about his new frame he said, “It is the first new bike I have ever bought that I could tell it was mine the second I threw a leg over it.”

10/22/12 BIKE STOLEN: This KirkLee and three other bikes were stolen from the owner’s garage in the San Francisco area. Please contact us if you happen to see it.

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KirkLee Light Switch

A custom bike fit from Durata Training led to a large frame with a 225mm 1.5” tapered head tube, 590mm top tube and a 608mm seat tube that connects to a Press Fit 30 bottom bracket. Maximum stiffness was our goal and this is reflected in the tube and joint layups, while the seat tube is externally butted to save weight where it is not needed.

After riding, its new owner says, “this frame is like a light switch, I can turn it off and sit in the pack or turn it on and attack anytime, anywhere—Amazing!” The build weight ready to ride with SRAM Red, and Fulcrum wheels and Dura Ace pedals and bottle cages is 15.7 lbs.

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KirkLee Custom 650 – Di2 & Lightweights

This 650c KirkLee is a one off custom, designed from the ground up to go fast. The top tube is KirkLee’s own in house manufactured design. The down tube is smaller in diameter than the standard KirkLee down tube and has a more aggressive ovalization at the bottom bracket than the standard down tube. To save weight and increase aerodynamics the head tube is smaller diameter than a regular KirkLee and utilizes a standard 31.8 headset. The rear of the bike uses independent seat stays and a titanium brake bridge co-molded into the frame. As with all KirkLee’s cables, they are held with full carbon stops. In joining the tubes we rethought every joint and modified the carbon layers accordingly. Every tube junction on this bike is flawless and contains beautiful carbon work.

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KirkLee Bicycling Editor’s Choice Finalist

We built this bike for Bicycling’s Editor’s Choice – Dream Road category. This 54cm frame was finished with Sram Red, Edge cockpit, and Ligero Wheels. Throw on the Edge 45 tubulars and this machine tips the scales at just below 13 lbs. Kudos to 2 Wheeler Customs for providing a phenomenal paint job.

We had a lot of fun building the bike for Bicycling. You’ll be able to check it out in the June 2010 issue.

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Texas Custom Bicycle Show

The Second Annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show will be held Oct 23-25 at the Austin LiveStrong Challenge Expo featuring fine frame builders from the Lone Star State. Bicycles crafted from steel, titanium, and carbon fiber will be on display. Featured Builders: KirkLee Bicycles Alchemy Bilenky Cycle Works Crumpton Cycles Daltex Handmade Cycles Dominion Bicycle Company Gallus Cycles…

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KirkLee @ NAHBS

KirkLee had a great time at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show last week in Indianapolis. The crowds were great and very knowledgeable. Some folks already knew about us and others were just finding out what we’re about. Check out the links posted below for some NAHBS coverage. There were a lot of photos taken, so…

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