How do you make the world around you greener? Ride a bike to work. And if you prefer something limited edition, then Ralpha has just the thing you need that too, with options galore! They have just come up with four handcrafted bicycles designed by four “masters of frame building.” Although these are pre-existing models, these customizable bikes by Ralpha will be around for two years only.
Kicking off is a daily use bike by Cycle Works Oregon, designed by Chris King, inspired by French handmade bikes from the 1930s. The Ralpha-edition features Sturmey-Archer’s five-speed internal rear hub with downtube shifters, Nitto aluminum “Priest” handlebars, Berthoud fenders, and more. The bike is priced at $5,195.
For lovers of exclusivity is the strong and rare XCR Criterium Racer built by Cinelli and Columbus Steel, limited to only 30 versions. The materials used to make them are scarce. This Ralph special racer is priced at €3,500 ($4,610).
Next up is Independent Fabrication who picked carbon fiber and titanium for the XS frame. The IF XS for Ralpha can be picked in a Campagnolo Super Record, SRAM Red, Shimano DuraAce, or internally routed Di2 packages to a long comfortable journey. You can also pick wheelset options from Enve Composites and Mavic. Prices for these bikes begin at $6,795.
Lastly is the Continental frame from the hands of Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan. They have two types of tubing to offer from Columbus Steel, combining the lugged technique and the fillet-brazed method. The all-terrain bike features various components like an SRAM Force drivetrain, DT Swiss wheels with Chris King hubs (and headset), Tektro long-reach brakes and handlebars, a Seatpost, and stems courtesy of Full Speed Ahead. To be crafted two-times in a year, these $5,000 each bike will be made in two batches of 50 each.