Bikes of the Bunch: Baum Cortado ’90s racer remake

If you were an aspiring racer in the 1990 s you probably dreamed about owning a custom-made steel formulate built with Campagnolo’s finest. That was certainly true for Paul *, who lusted after such a steed as a junior but didn’t have the budgetary resources for that dream to become a reality.

Fast forward to today. Paul has succeeded in business and in revel of that fact he chose to build his dream bike of yesteryear. Built with many rare and new old furnish( NOS) patches, this fresh Baum is built to be ridden, and hitherto, you’d have a hell of a experience trying to replicate it.

Fresh out of the colour booth, this motorcycle was on display at the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia. At a show of that calibre, there’s no single show-stopper, but this one certainly had more than a few pausing in their lines.

* Not his real name. The owned of this bike wished to remain anonymous.

A throw-back racer

“The inspiration for this bike was from a steel-tubed Coppi I scooted as an under-1 7 in the early 2000 s, ” Paul said. “I had a steel bike because they were common, and it’s what I could render, but it was brilliant fun.”

Rather than simply sourcing a version of that old bike, Paul required something modern, yet old. “I wanted to marry that classic feel with some modern touches, but putting aged and new together well is much harder than it sounds.”

And certainly get your hands on a like-new condition Campagnolo Record Titanium nine-speed groupset or the equal Shamal 12 -HPW pedals is no easy achievement. And then ascertaining a top-level builder that shares such a vision to produce something a little more traditional? That probably wasn’t so simple, either.

A new-old-stock Campagnolo Record Titanium nine-speed groupset was the basis for this build.

It made over a year of hope before Paul attained himself in contact with the Geelong-based team at Baum. ”I had been searching for the right person to tackle the project ,” he said. “[ They] fully understood what I was trying to achieve .”

According to Paul, Darren Baum( the founder and owner of Baum Cycles) rapidly took on the project as if it were his own. “[ He] feed with the project from the start, owning the design, and has rendered a stunning concoction ,” Paul said.” Undoubtedly there’s a reason why people wait a long time for his bicycles- he’s a true-blue craftsman.”

The Cortado

Those familiar with Baum’s model range aren’t likely to know the Cortado. It’s a example that’s existed off-and-on in Baum’s range throughout the years, it ousted the Cappuccino, and has frequently been lived secreted on what the company announces its “Secret Menu”. In other commands, the Cortado has long existed if you knew to ask for it.

The Cortado is not a new pose, but rather one that Baum hasn’t advertised.

In essence, the Cortado is a classic artery bike designed to match the best steel road racing formulates before things speedily moved to aluminium and carbon staple.

“Cortado is about the peak of what I attended in steel tubings razzing nice ,” Baum said.” Round steel tubes peaked in 1996.” For Baum, the Cortado is somewhat of an ode to the best years of steel racing bikes. “[ It’s] a round tube motorcycle built with a huge selection of tubes that really suit the equestrian. It’s scarcely time rigid enough for them. It’s not an overbuilt bike. If you adoration 531 back in the day, this is for you.“

Baum got his start building steel frames before the business naturally progressed to being predominately titanium-focussed. Those steel bikes( like this Cortado) followed up with percolate through the workshop and Baum has deep tube capitals from Dedacciai, Columbus, and Reynolds to fulfil the fiats.

Baum Cycles is celebrating its 25 th remembrance this year.

“Since about 1998 I never bought a[ steel] tubeset, ” said Baum. “I ordinarily buy tubes in containers of 20 that are a certain diameter and wall thickness. We adopt the tubes based on the diameter and thickness, and use a welding perch that can join any tube to any tube.” After all, stiffness is exclusively dictated by diameter and wall thickness , not by the name on the tube.

For Paul’s bike, Baum parallelled a shiny stainless steel rear end with tubing from Columbus. Baum then included a personal touch, courtesy of another acclaimed framebuilder.

A personal style from Darren Baum

“It was probably one of my smiliest instants as Dario called me up and had told me he’d been stalking my work for a long time, ” Baum said of the day over 15 years ago that Dario Pegoretti, a developer he idolised, called him out of the blue. “We had an incredible conversation, it was just all questions about my work.[ It was] one of the highlights of my career.”

That call was the start of a working friendship and it wasn’t long before Pegoretti personally handed back two of his early carbon staple forks for Baum’s feedback. Those most prized forks sat as treasured wealths in Baum’s factory for years. That is until Paul’s Cortado project came in.

Knowing what Paul was trying to achieve with his build and the responsibilities that were going on it, Baum decided it was time to part with one of Pegoretti’s forks and complete the NOS build. By making that decision Baum became personally invested in this one-off ride.

The construct

Frame: Baum Cortado- habit steel, paint by BaumFork: Pegoretti Falz carbon, depict by BaumHeadset: Chris King threadlessWheelset: Campagnolo Shamal 12 -HPW NOSShifters: Campagnolo Record Titanium nine-speedCrankset: Campagnolo Record Titanium nine-speedBottom bracket: Campagnolo Record Titanium square taperFront derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium nine-speedRear derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium nine-speedCassette: Campagnolo Record nine-speedChain: Campagnolo Record nine-speedBrakes: Campagnolo Record TitaniumTyres: VeloFlex Master tyres, 23 mmHandlebar: Deda Newton( NOS from Baum’s collection) Stem: 3T Arx 2 Team, drew by BaumSeatpost: Campagnolo RecordCages: King Stainless SteelBar tape: Busyman leather, customSaddle: Selle Italia SLR with Busyman leather coveringPedals: Campagnolo Record


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