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Old 02-13-2019, 03:42 PM
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Almost ready for translucent red, this one is personal, as I'll be personally putting it through its paces. Stay tuned for the final build.....
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:54 PM
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looking rad, excited to see how it turns out!
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:51 PM
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Peel ply non stick layer applied prior to cooking.
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:36 PM
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The little details....

10-12 layers of clear for this frame, sanded back down to bare carbon by hand between every layer. Basically a clear filler that adds no weight. From there, 4-5 color layers, then 3 more coats of clear. I'm doing a translucent red, but from what Kevin mentioned, some paint jobs get 30 plus layers.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:29 PM
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This is going to be nice!
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:28 PM
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Moving right along....

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This is going to be nice!
Thanks Aaron. As I'm sure you know, the effort is worth the wait.
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Old 04-04-2019, 02:39 PM
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Thanks Aaron. As I'm sure you know, the effort is worth the wait.
Almost ready for a touch of translucent red.
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:52 PM
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Moving on.....for now.

For those that may or may not know, Kevin, the builder at Cryptic Cycles, not only a fantastic frame builder and world class photographer to say the least, has decided to take on a once in a lifetime opportunity as a full time photographer. While he has done most of the photo shoots for Shimano, he will continue doing so, while traveling the country and presenting some of the best real-life insights into this crazy sport we love.

Those that don't know, Kevin won the best new builders award at NAHBS a few years back, and will take his expertise into his new challenge. Those that were at NAHBS this year may or may not have seen him taking photos, albeit while one of his gravel bikes was at the Shimano booth.

While my primary business model revolves around importation from Europe, since I've lived and raced there, I will never overlook what the states have to offer. Having a strong relationship with Kevin and his passionate goals, my main goal here was to give everyone some insight of what it takes to build a true, handmade frame, and of course bring attention to Cryptic. I hope that is has and has inspired others. For those that have reached out to me with questions, many thanks!

There are some amazing builders here in the states that should not go un-noticed. Kirk, Crumpton, AR Cycles, etc. Whatever material you choose to ride, make the call.

Best of luck to Kevin in his new adventure.

Cheers,
Eric

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Old 04-28-2019, 11:43 AM
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Sad news that Kevin won't be producing fine carbon fiber rides in the foreseeable future but best of luck to him in this new endeavor.







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Old 05-17-2019, 05:30 PM
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Translucent applied.

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Thanks William! Translucent red applied for my build. More clear to follow. Will look like glass and worth every second of the wait. Talent beyond belief. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Cryptic.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:19 PM
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:08 AM
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I love the effect of translucent paint over materials, especially this carbon. Can't wait for the build photos.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:15 PM
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I love the effect of translucent paint over materials, especially this carbon. Can't wait for the build photos.
Thanks Aaron!

The build will include the custom wrapped Enve bar with MCFK stem, as well as a custom painted Berk. While it may seem too over the top, the components and wheels should add some contrast.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:57 PM
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I love the effect of translucent paint over materials, especially this carbon. Can't wait for the build photos.
Thanks for looking Aaron.


Build complete and pics compliments of Kevin. Been a long time since I've ridden Shimano and looking forward to the comparison with Campy. Ride review to follow. Tough to photo translucent in the sun. Everything looks black.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:17 PM
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The chameleon has arrived

While difficult to photo as it changes color in every lighting condition, the ride is what’s most important. After the initial effort, I’m at a loss for words. Everything else is for sale

Been a long time since riding Shimano, and I admit that while I like the aesthetics of Campagnolo, Di2 did not let me down. Comparing my recent EPS12 to this build, I cannot find any faults after the initial impression.

After I re-accompany myself to Shimano with additional miles, more impressions to follow.
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