Ian's K.Bedford Customs Tig Steel
Owner – Ian Buchanan, Fit Werx Founder/co-owner.
Frame – Bedford Customs Tig Steel
Shift Levers – Dura Ace Di2
Brakes – Dura Ace
Front Derailleur – Di2
Rear Derailleur – Di2
Chain – Dura Ace
Cassette – Dura Ace
Crankset – Dura Ace 50/34
Bottom Bracket – Hawk Racing
Wheels – Mavic R-Sys or Corima VIVA MCC “S”
Tires – Hutchinson Fusion 3 Tubeless or Continental GP4000SR Tubular
Tubes – NA
Headset – Chris King
Handlebars – Zipp Contour
Stem – Zipp 145 Carbon
Seatpost – Easton EC90 w/integrated Di2 battery
Handlebar Tape – Fizik
Saddle – Fizik Aliante Carbon
Pedals – Speedplay Zero Ti
Shoes – Sidi Ergo 2, Rocket 7 Custom
Additional Accessories – Zipp Carbon Cages
What do you like most about this bike? "Steel bikes have always had a special place in my heart. It was the material I started riding on when I was 13 years old and I seemed to always have a steel road bike up until about ten years ago. When I sold my full carbon custom road bike last fall and was building a new bike up I wanted to make sure I had something a little different and that harkened back to my roots. This Bedford is the result.
This bike has a little 'claim to fame' in that it was the first frame Kelly built that was specifically designed for Di2 – it lacks all cable stops and has some nice little details for wiring. The seatpost mounted battery pack is very clean looking and the whole bike presents a nice mix of retro style with the latest technology. The Corima VIVA MCC "S" wheels top off the retro-techno package. I think they look good with the white and red theme and they ride incredibly well and really help make the bike all it is capable of being.
From a ride perspective, this Bedford is stiffer and more responsive than your average steel frame, but is nicely balanced by the supple feel of the wheels and the liveliness of the material. I 'detuned' the front-end geometry to make it more stable with today's super light wheels and this bike is more stable at speed than any ultra-light carbon bike I have been on to date."