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What do you do when you own a Green Machine and need another KirkLee? You build the “Blue Machine.” Custom geometry with three-color metallic blue fade and five color tribal paint using our independent rear end stay. We finished this one off with Super Record, Rotor cranks and ROL Wheels on Chris King R-45 hubs. [click to continue…]

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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.” [click to continue…]

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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! [click to continue…]

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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. [click to continue…]

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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. [click to continue…]

KirkLee Surfliner

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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 […]

KirkLee Dragonfly

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This bike started with a fitting at Shama Cycles. The customer left it up to us to design and build the frame. The cosmetic rules were simple: incorporate preexisting dragonfly artwork into the design and make the bike purple and white. Nordy Design did an amazing job with the paint. Of course the bike still […]

KirkLee Cheval Noir

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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 […]

KirkLee Backlash

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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 […]

KirkLee Butterfly

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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 […]

KirkLee Kid’s Green Hornet

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The infamous kid’s bike with Lightweights was brought in for a tune up and new paint job. We went from subdued to a bright green with silver accents. This bike will stick out in a crowd even more now.

KirkLee Heule Cyclocross

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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 […]

KirkLee 29er Dream Machine

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We have built two “green machines,” so now let us introduce the dream machine.  This is one of the most detailed KirkLee’s ever built.  Our goal was to show off our tube molding and build a beautiful 29er.

KirkLee BMW Cyclocross

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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 […]

KirkLee Atlas Shrugged

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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 […]

KirkLee Green Machine

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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 […]

KirkLee Hardtail 26″

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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 […]

KirkLee Cowboy Snap

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“I want logos, pearl as the snaps on a cowboy shirt.” This bike goes to a good friend / track racer who has waited a long time for his KirkLee. We custom laid the top and down tubes to build a bike that means something to each of us. You may also note a true […]

KirkLee Less is More

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It started with a phone call. It ended with the main tubes tinted candy maroon fading into clear carbon tube junctions; topped off with logos frosted into the clear coat. Look close or you will miss the detail.

KirkLee Classic

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Simulated lugs, light blue panels, dark blue KirkLee’s and orange metallic pearl end stripes make this as classic as KirkLee gets. Built up with a Ritchey Classic cockpit, Shimano DuraAce and Lightweights it becomes one sweet machine.

STOLEN: Six bicycles from KirkLee

Six bicycles were stolen from KirkLee (1006 Brentwood St., Austin, Texas) during the night of March 21st. Please contact us at 512-371-9661 or info@kirkleebicycles.com if you have any information on the whereabouts of these bicycles. Click on the photo to view a larger version of the bicycle. Bicycle #1: KirkLee Custom Road Bike Black with […]

KirkLee Riggs

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This KirkLee was developed with the idea that one could ride all day and still turn the pedals in anger when needed. Built with carbon tubes made in-house with a SRAM PressFit BB30 and tapered head tube. The idea behind the paint job was to let people know a KirkLee was rolling in and to […]

KirkLee Killer

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KirkLee built this “Killer” for Christian Heule to withstand the rigors of European racing. Setup with Di2 internal cable routing and an integrated seat post. A tapered headtube, extended carbon wraps along the chainstays and a matte black finish complete this build.

KirkLee Starry Night

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Winner of Best Paint at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. This KirkLee was built as a surprise birthday present. The excited owner asked if we could do Van Gogh’s Starry Night. We accepted the challenge and came up with this handcrafted carbon work of art.

KirkLee Hand Off

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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 […]

KirkLee Frost

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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 […]

KirkLee Fade

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Zero stack head tube, Ti Shell bottom bracket and custom paint make up this custom geometry KirkLee. The metallic pearl red fades into a custom mixed black with a bit of gold mixed in, while silver logo’s give contrast. A very beautiful bike.

KirkLee Light Switch

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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 […]

KirkLee Custom 650 – Di2 & Lightweights

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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 […]

KirkLee Wood – Is it wood or carbon?

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A KirkLee custom with a twist. Along with all the attributes that make a KirkLee this one was painted to simulate raw mahogany. The KirkLee logos are burned into the wood with a branding iron and stain was applied which consisted of candy brown with a bit of tangerine. Although it is hard to believe, […]

KirkLee Masters

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We mixed up the frame wrapping techniques by using the lugged style for the seat tube and tapered for the rest of the joints. The two black widow spiders on the head tube and seat stay offer something unique on this bike.

KirkLee Heule

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KirkLee’s first international bike goes out to Christian Heule, 6-time Swiss cyclocross champ. Strengthening the bottom bracket and chain stay areas were key to keep up with Christian’s needs. Maybe we’ll have a ‘cross bike for him next.

KirkLee Custom 20″ Kids Bike

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Quite possibly the most unique KirkLee built to date. This custom bike was made for a child using 20″ wheels. Independent seat stays and custom tubing bring this bike to life. Looking for the world’s smallest custom carbon bike? KirkLee can do that.

Bicycling Magazine 2010 Editor’s Choice Finalist – Dream Road

Bicycling Magazine approached us in January as a finalist for their 2010 Editor’s Choice Dream Road category. Dream Road is where they put the best of the best in road bikes – they’re completely race-worthy, but feature absolutely top-end fit, handling and comfort as well – a no-compromise bike for people for whom price is […]

KirkLee Bicycling Editor’s Choice Finalist

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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 […]

KirkLee Ford

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Red accents were the focus of this KirkLee. Minimal paint allows for the carbon work to really shine.

The Dropout – January 2010

The January 2010 issue of The Dropout features KirkLee along with other Texas builders as they cover the Texas Custom Bicycle Show. It’s great to see another Austin magazine focusing on the bicycle scene in Texas. The Dropout can be found online and at Austin bikes shops.

KirkLee Posters – Be The Bike

Coming soon to a bike shop near you are some new KirkLee posters. Designed to show the uniqueness a KirkLee custom bicycle is when we build one for you. Our goal is to build the bike around you and we think these posters reflect that.

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 […]

KirkLee @ Interbike 2009

Another Interbike has come and gone for the year. Interbike always provides for a very busy week as we meet with potential customers and check out the latest in the bike industry. We saw some things we can’t wait to integrate into our custom carbon frames. Stepped forks, BB30 and integrated seatposts come to mind. […]

Road Bike Action – KirkLee Custom

KirkLee was recently featured in the October issue of Road Bike Action magazine. The online version is now available for reading. The one word that defines a KirkLee frame is custom. The Austin workshop is full of carbon tubes that have all been designed by and made for KirkLee. Brad will pick from a selection […]

KirkLee Beth

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Looking for a KirkLee that’ll stick out in a crowd? This purple and green KirkLee will do just the trick.

KirkLee Leadville

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Built to withstand the rigors of the Leadville 100. Featuring a carbon BB30 for added stiffness and custom Ti dropouts.

KirkLee Bare Carbon

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This KirkLee was built to show off the possible layups. The vertical joints are wrapped to give a lugged look and the horizontal wraps are tapered. Aside from the KirkLee logos, only a clear coat was used.

KirkLee Lefty 29er

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The latest KirkLee Lefty 29er is on the loose. It weighs in at 19 lbs, but the owner is sure that it will be at 18.75 lbs once a few more parts arrive.

KirkLee White

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Want a light bike… how about 13.9 lbs? SRAM Red with a few light things thrown in. The KinLin 27mm / Tune wheelset and Fizik K:1 Arione saddle really bring out the finer points of this build.

KirkLee Powertap 29er

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KirkLee unveiled a 29er at Interbike 2008. Custom 6/4 Ti dropouts with a Powertap bring this bike to about 22 lbs.

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 […]

KirkLee Shama Cycles

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This frame was built for Shama Cycles in Houston, TX. Special attention was made to beef up the bottom bracket area. Measuerments were placed around the frame to allow Shama Cycles to present how customized a frame can be for their clients.

Austin Bike Blog visits KirkLee

Austin Bike Blog recently visited KirkLee to see what we’re all about. Take a look and tell us what you think. Life is good right now at KirkLee. In just over 12 months, framebuilder Brad Cason has taken a  framebuilding business that was just an idea and generated a tremendous amount of buzz as an […]

KirkLee Stock

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These two KirkLee’s are built with our stock geometry. Custom is our norm, but some people do just fine with standard measurements.

KirkLee Art

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This KirkLee was designed from the inspiration of a canvas oil painting. Meticulous detail was put into the clean shaping of the joints down to the brush strokes of the paint. Anything is possible at KirkLee.

KirkLee Flower

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This KirkLee was designed around the needs for a more compliant bike than full on racing machine. It’ll still go fast though. Paint was inspired by hibiscus flowers with bare joints showing off the carbon layups. A mix of tapered and lugged joints was used for a unique look.

KirkLee ROAD Magazine

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Featured in the November / December 2008 issue of ROAD magazine. This bike was built to the reviewer’s specifications. He likened it to a rocket ship. Exactly what we were going for. Image by Tim Schamber.

U.S. Cycling Report Interview

U.S. Cycling Report recently sat down with KirkLee for an interview after seeing our bikes at Interbike.

Texas Show a Success

We’d like to thank everyone that came out to the Superdrome on Saturday. The show had good attendance and we were able to show what KirkLee is about. Check out the story from Austin Bike Blog. Plans are to have the show in Austin next year, so stay tuned.

Interbike Recap

Interbike has come and gone for another year. Lots of folks stopped by the Rotor Components and Edge Composites booths to check out our bikes. Be on the lookout for us online and in publications. Bicycling.com Cyclingnews.com Bike Radar Speedgoat Bicycles

Texas Custom Bike Show

KirkLee will be attending the Texas Custom Bike Show at the Superdrome on November 1st. Come check out all the custom builders of Texas. WHAT: Texas Custom Bike Show WHERE: Superdrome – Frisco, TX WHEN: November 1st, 10am – 5pm

ROAD Magazine: “Fresh Bike – KirkLee Custom”

ROAD Magazine published a review of a custom KirkLee in their November-December issue. We couldnt’ be more pleased with the review. Be sure to check your newstands to pick up a copy.

KirkLee unveils 29er

KirkLee unveiled two 29er mountain bikes at Interbike. We started with our own unique tube set, added carbon stays with plenty clearance for big tires, and capped it off with our own 6/4 titanium dropouts precision cut on a CNC waterjet.  Then we finished it off with all top shelf parts.

KirkLee @ Interbike 2008

Interbike is fast approaching and we’re getting ready for the show. We’ll be working with Rotor Cranks again this year outfitting their gear with our frames. Be sure to stop by the booth (#367) and say hi.

Roadcycling.com: Tyler Hamilton interview

Roadcycling.com had a recent interview with Tyler Hamilton. He discusses the various bikes he’s ridden including his KirkLee. Some very kind words from Tyler. Roadcycling.com Interview

VeloNews: Tyler @ Tour of Elk Grove

Tyler Hamilton showed off his KirkLee at the Tour of Elk Grove. This bike was custom made for Tyler after checking out a KirkLee at the AT&T Downtown Austin Crit. The paintjob was done in honor of his dog, Tugboat.  Photo 1 | Photo 2

ROAD Magazine: “The Story Behind KirkLee Bikes”

ROAD magazine sat down with us to find out a little bit more about KirkLee. Check your newstands for the March 2008 issue to read the article. Stay tuned to ROAD for a review bike in the coming months as well.

ROAD Magazine: “The little startup that could!”

ROAD magazine found us at Interbike and here’s what they had to say: “The little startup that could! KirkLee is just starting out but they make some nice full-carbon machines…” Check out the Jan/Feb issue for more Interbike coverage.

Cyclingnews.com: Interbike 2007

James Huang of Cyclingnews.com stopped by the Rotor booth and took notice of the KirkLee frames. He snapped a few photos for his Interbike review. Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3