Nicole’s road bike

Nicole’s road bike

Nicole wanted a well fitting, nicely riding, comfortable and fast road bike – which is what all riders want I think! She worked with a fitter locally, providing me with the numbers to design around. Building for smaller, lightweight riders is one of my favorite things as these riders are generally so underserved by production bikes (which have to be built sturdy and stiff as they don’t know who will be riding the bike). So I could reduce the tubing sizes to provide the right elements of stiffness and compliance to suit Nicole’s stature. The 1″ seatmast is machined to tune the stiffness, and paired with a dropped toptube to create a degree of cantilevered flex at the saddle. Small diameter stays help keep the weight low.

The disc fork is from Enve, slotted into a custom EC headset that doesn’t require an oversize headtube. A custom stem completes the front end. Short (155mm) cranks from Rotor enabled the BB height to be lower to maintain the pedal-ground distance. The light wheel build has Enve 3.4AR rims and Carbon-ti hubs, with 30mm tires for grip and comfort. Shifting and braking is provided by SRAM Red eTap.

Nicole worked with Roger at Svelte Cycleworks to create her custom paint design, then sent Colorworks a jersey and bottle for reference so they could get the colors just right! The result is stunning and has incredible amounts of detail. The final weight is 16.8lbs.


  1. pfff, beautiful…
    how tall is Nicole?
    thank you!

    • Thanks! She is just over 5ft.
      Best, Rob.

      • that would be a bit more than 153 cm, so lets say 155 cm.
        155 mm cranks for a 155 cm tall rider… that’s a nice ratio 🙂
        best regards,

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