This year, Temple Cycles has worked on two project that will be presented for the salon of the Interbike taking place in Las Vegas in some days.
Both bicycles have required a phenomenal amount of work and the one presented in this article is very special since it is the prototype of the Fifth Anniversary Limited Edition that will then introduce the Limited Edition.
The bike looks very classy with a lot of handcraft work.
Many parts are plated with copper, some are gilded or anodized, a few are painted or coated. This makes the bike very special.
The overall weight wasn’t the main goal, "Copper is not light, even when it’s thin it adds up quickly" said Lance Johnson, president of Groupe de tête.
Yet, the bike is anyway still in the light weight bike range with only 13.5 pounds.
Differences between this bike and the Limited Edition will be minor, there will have a hand scripting on the seat stays saying "Limited Edition – One of the five" and across the top tube "In Celebration of our Fifth Anniversary". Beside these extras, each frame will be signed and the headbadge will have a sapphire sit in it.
Here is a descriptive of the parts used to build the bike:
|Frame:||Temple Limited Edition with superbutted 3/2.5 down tube, Super Light seat stays, 6/4 butted chain stays, custom HM carbon top tube and seat mast. Aston Martin Sapphire Blue paint with gilded copper decals and copper head badge, anodized ti hardware|
|Headset||Chris King titanium, AlTiN coated and laser etched|
|Bottom bracket:||Zipp 180 Ti with ceramic bearings|
|Stem/bars:||Syntace Racelite carbon bonded to alloy stem blank, painted to match. Made by Nick
|Seatpost:||Bold Precision AlTiN coated with copper plated hardware|
|Crankset/chainrings:||Zipp 300 with copper gilding / BrownTech AlTiN coated chainrings|
|Pedals:||Look Keo HM Ti with custom AlTiN coated axles and ceramic bearings|
|Saddle:||Selle Italia C64 with custom padding, embroidery and leather wrap|
|Shifters:||Campagnolo Record gilded|
|Front derailleur:||Campagnolo Record with anodized Ti bolts, copper plated bolts, painted to match frame, gilded|
|Rear derailleur:||Campagnolo Record with anodized Ti bolts, copper plated hardware, painted to match frame, gilded, 6/4 Ti-AlTiN coated pulleys with ceramic bearings|
|Chain:||KMC 10SL Gold with AlTiN coating|
|Brakes:||M5 calipers and shoes with Corima Cork pads|
|Wheels:||Zipp Z3SL with Aerospace lightening-strike copper mesh, Ti spokes, painted hubs, custom decals|
|Skewers:||Bold Precidion copper plated|
||André Dugast hand made Silk|
|Housings:||Copper plated Nokon|
The cockpit and the seatpost:
The wheels have been built by Troy from Ligerowheels, they are just 1004gr. Both front and rear wheels have 18 Pillar bladed titanium spokes. Rear wheel uses a 2:1 drive / non drive side count spoke ratio. The rims are 308 and 311gr.
Close shot on the rim: