This bike was built to be subtle, but have striking qualities on the inside edges. When viewed from the side you only see logos, but at an angle you see the highlights inside the fork and rear triangle. For the extra touch, logos and panels are pin-striped in white. Yes, just like all the others, it too is full custom geometry.
This KirkLee started with an Indonesian bike fit and a translator who owns a KirkLee. The only instruction given was to build a custom bike, make the logos gold (emas in Indonesian), and use Di2. We do our best work with that kind of freedom.
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.”
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!
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 has the full KirkLee treatment with our custom tubes, cable stops and geometry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 full carbon BB-30 bottom bracket. This one is special.
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.
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.
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 take notice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, yes the bike is 100% carbon fiber.
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’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.
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.
Red accents were the focus of this KirkLee. Minimal paint allows for the carbon work to really shine.
Looking for a KirkLee that’ll stick out in a crowd? This purple and green KirkLee will do just the trick.
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.
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.
These two KirkLee’s are built with our stock geometry. Custom is our norm, but some people do just fine with standard measurements.
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.
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.
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.