Professional pictures supplied by Baum:
UPDATE - 22/2/11 - Baum posted these on their Flickr late last week... yeah, it's my bike again! Still pr0n!
The story so far...
This is slightly odd - long winded story...
I was at the Bay Criterium races in Geelong (where the Aussie pro's come to race in the off season) about 5 years ago and a group of kids were selling tickets to win a "BAUM" to help them get to the Junior Track World Champs... they were carrying this "Baum" with the most crazy green and gold paint with so much depth and it just dazzled me in the sunlight!
I joined on here a few years ago and started to read about different bikes. My mate has a really nice Lightspeed that I have always admired and listened to him talking about its ride quality, etc... So naturally I was drawn to threads about Lightspeeds... including the Ti bikes thread... I discovered this Baum brand again when I was reading... and decided to do some research... I jumped on google and punched in their name to get in contact with them... When I got to the contact details, I read the were in Geelong... about 10 minutes from where I grew up!
I got side tracked and got a Colnago C50... but I wanted to get something really bling. I spoke to a good friend of mine in regards to getting a kick ass frame for me to build up as my dream bike... He is a Pro and knows a lot about bikes and is EXTREMELY particular about all of his equipment!!
He suggested I looked at a custom Baum.... soon after, he actually joined the list and had one made as well! I knew it must have been good for a pro to PAY for a bike!!
So, I knew I had to have one! It took me a few years, and I got side tracked buying other bikes in between, when I got the chance to make it back home (as I live in South Australia for work right now... (moving closer to home shortly!) I added myself to the waiting list!
I had my fit in July, during the Tour... it was a good experience, Darren and all the crew are a great wealth of knowledge!
I was told I'm not the usual Baum customer - I'm 27 and wanted a very "Pipo Look" - since my fit, I have been flat stick with work (and put on a few extra kilos (OK - 6kg! I cant shake them!)
The team have been superb to deal with... I chose my paint after a bit of a long winded process... then I saw one exactly the same and decided I wanted something different! I finally I told them to do what ever they wanted as long as it has no purple... in the end I sent them a picture of a car I liked (I'm a car nut) that they used for inspiration!
All I have seen so far is this picture:
(That's my logo from my graphic design business - my name also...)
Specs to follow.
I pick it up Monday! I cant wait...
P.s - It will match my team kit quite well!
The wait is over...
I guess you'd say "my dream bike!" - a solid racer that is "just right"...
Custom geometry Titanium
Hand built in Geelong by Darren Baum Cycles
Hand Painted in Geelong by Jared @ Baum Cycles
Colors - GTA Style - 4 colors... Metallic white, black, blood orange and silver...
Edge 1.0 Fork
Tune Bobo headset
Campagnolo Super Record 11
172.5mm cranks 53/39 front
Super Record 23-11 rear
Ciamello Gravita carbon brakes
Deda Zero100 Servizio Course 120mm stem custom painted - GTA style
Deda Newton Shallow bars 440mm
Deda Super Zero Carbon seat post - de-logoed...
Fizik Microtex - black "buffed" tape
Fizik Arione Carbon Braided saddle
Lightweight Standard 3 "Black Edition Special" Carbon tubulars
Lightweight skewers - carbon/Ti
Continental Competition Black Chili tyres
King Ti cages in custom "brushed" finish
Pedals are Dura-Ace, but I have Speedplay Zero Ti pedals to go with my new shoes when they arrive...
6.6kg with pedals as you see...
It is seriously SMOOTH! I have no complaints...
Enjoy the pictures while I am out enjoying the ride![/b]