"Be Steel My Heart."
In the process of shooting and writing a story about a fire engine red Cherubim Uli for Cycle Exif and Blacksmith Cycle, I happen to fall deeply in love with the steel steed. It's the second Cherubim I've come across and the allure was just the same. They have this sort of 70s hot rod vibe to them and I love it. It's hard to explain and is proving even harder to capture on camera.
Either way, I've known for about a year that my carbon racer was a tad bit too long for me so a replacement was on my mind. The Cherubim looked about right so we checked the geometry and sure enough it was. It presented the same race position and angles I wanted but with a bit shorter of a reach. A bit of back and forth and then it was settled. I'm super stoked to add a piece of impeccable Japanese craftsmanship to my collection. I've nicknamed her "Cherry Bomb"
The original article on the Cherubim Uli is here on Cycle Exif
and I cross posted a Cherubim history story and some outtake photos on my site, Life Is A Beautiful Detail. Check them out here.
While my final build is much more modest and moderate I'm really happy with how it has come together. After a couple of post build shake down rides, I'm excited for a long season ahead. Here is the final build list and a proper shot of the current set up.
Frame Type: Uli
Fork: ENVE 1.0 (unpainted)
Headset: Tange Seiki integrated
Headset spacers: Tune
Seatpost clamp: Integrated
Seatpost: Fizik Cyrano R1
Seat: Fizik Antares 00
Stem: Fizik Cyrano R1
Bar: Fizik Cyrano R1 bull 44cm
Bartape: Fizik 2mm Performance
Bottle cages and hardware: Tune Wasserträger 2
Outer Cables: Flying Snake
Inner Cables: Yokozuna Reaction
Brakes: Ultegra 6800
Front derailleur: Ultegra 6800 braze on
Rear derailleur: Ultegra 6800 short cage
Crankset: Ultegra 6800 semi-compact
Bottom Bracket: Dura Ace 9100
Chainrings: AbsoluteBlack oval road
Chainring bolts: AbsoluteBlack
Chain: Ultegra 6800
Shifters: Ultegra 6800
Cassette: Ultegra 6800 12-28
Wheels: Xentis Squad 2.5
hubs: Tune Mig Mag
Spokes: Sapim CX-ray
Innertubes: Continental Race 28 light
Tires: Contintenal GP4000IIS
Pedals: Look Keo blade
Computer mounts: Barfly Fizik