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Old 02-27-2017, 11:33 PM
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Cherubim Sticky Blue & Gold

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I've had my eye on Cherubim since NAHBS 2012 in Sacramento, where they won best of show for their phenomenal Hummingbird:

Fast-forward 4 years, and I found myself in Tokyo with a day to check out bike shops and frame builders. Cherubim maintains a little showroom in Tokyo proper, where Keigo Hirota explained the different models and displayed his obvious love of bicycling. He lived in Portland for a while, so his English is excellent. A day later, I brought my wife to the shop, and got her consent to order a frame set. I chose the Sticky because, as the web site says, it is "The most “Cherubim-ish” bike in the line up." Plus I preferred the aesthetic over their lugged model. A different assistant took my measurements on a very crude fitting machine, and I put down my deposit.

After returning home, I communicated with Keigo about geometry details and paint selection. They weren't able to accommodate my first wish for a paint scheme based on Ainu geometric designs, so I compromised on the color scheme for my alma mater, Cal Berkeley. We traded some thoughts about fit, but ultimately I went with measurements from another bike that fits particularly well.


Almost exactly a year later, a pretty white box arrived at my door. The result, I believe, is stunning. The details and execution are truly impressive. Note in particular the FD mount, which gets obscured anyway. But the detail is gorgeous. I even like how the yellow "C" head badge evokes "Cal", and the carved drop outs are so delicate and lithe.




Before I walked into their showroom, I thought that the appropriate gruppo for this would be Dura-Ace. But then I realized that nearly all of the bikes in their showroom featured Campy, so I went with what I already know and love. The Mavic SSC brakes were acquired from The Paceline years ago and had been horded since; they are a perfect match. They even clear the HED Ardennes FR wheels (another Paceline acquisition), despite previous threads to the contrary. Once again, based on what I saw in the showroom, I went with a modern Fizik cockpit, chosen for its subdued graphics. The finishing touch are the Nitto cages, repurposed from another bike acquired from a Paceliner.



The beautiful shiny headset is a Tange DLC Super Polish, something I haven't found in the U.S.

With pump, the build as pictured is 19.5 lbs. Without, it's 18.9... that Impero Ultimate is a serious pump, but man is it gorgeous.


A long-awaited break in our Northern California rains permitted two rides this weekend, one hilly, one not. My immediate impression: wow, this thing is smoooooth. It's clearly the smoothest bike I have, even among the other many steel frames. It's the most springy, by design, moving with every pedal stroke, not fighting you. It brought a smile to my face from the first roll. The fit is just perfect.


That springiness also means a little flex out of the saddle, but not enough to detract from the experience. This will be a great ride for metric centuries and beyond.

I forgot to say: "GO BEARS!"

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Old 02-28-2017, 12:53 AM
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Great write up and bike
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:31 AM
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The details on the lugs are the bee's knees
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:42 AM
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Beautiful bike and build
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:43 AM
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geez louise that's a nice bike. congrats and thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:18 AM
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Fabulous. Great write up. I love the stories of people traveling to see builders and their particular experiences.

You have an incredible taste in bikes.
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:30 AM
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>>It's the most springy, by design, moving with every pedal stroke, not fighting you.

I know what you mean, mv pal, had the same feeling on my Rivendell.
This bike is so so berry berry nice! That silca pump costs a limb, don't they?
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:52 AM
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Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful end result.

I have always found Cherubim's work to be captivating. Your frame is no exception.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:07 AM
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very nice color scheme and love the chrome bits
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:15 AM
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beautiful
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:17 AM
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So nice. I love when a custom bike reflects an experience and is more than just the sum of emails (though plenty of great bikes come out of that process, too!).
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:24 AM
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Thanks for sharing your story with us. Truly a fantastic looking bike. Enjoy!
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:05 AM
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Thanks for sharing--nicely done/cool bike.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:54 PM
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:22 PM
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this is absolutely fantastic, wow. Great color scheme, amazing details.
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