DAY FIVE: THE CLASSIC CORRETTO
What can we say about the Baum Corretto that we haven't already said? At the end of the day, after all is said and done (and, as they say, variety is the spice of life), they remain our favorite road bicycles. Lately, we've been accused of "Same Baum, Different Color". It's a fair criticism. After all, one of the only reasons we even entertain the idea of another Baum is to get...yes, another color. But sometimes we build a Baum that isn't just another paint scheme - it's timeless. It's a perfect marriage of aesthetics, function, and class, one that won't ever go out of style. That's this bike, our fifth entry into the Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds.
Deep, dark crystal blue. White. Champagne. Silver. The clean aesthetics of eTap. It's quintessential, in a word.
Chris King - another perennial American-made classic, whose silver hubs complete the bike's understated look.
Lately, we've been smitten by THM's Clavicula cranks mated to an SRM powermeter spider, likely the lightest crank-based powermeter on the market at a smidge over 650 grams. Mated to our usual-suspect ultralight eeCycleworks brakes, the pairing drops weight without sacrificing any performance.
Yes, more eTap. Ever since we had a chance to ride (and abuse) SRAM's works group before it went public, our pick for electronic shifting has been made pretty clear. It's innately intuitive, functional, minimalist, light, and makes for an incredibly clean setup. In a word, elegant - much like the Corretto it's hanging off of.
Baum's immaculate paint work on full display on ENVE's stem and bar.
Zipp 303 rims laced to their silver King compatriots round out the build nicely, with the whole assembly rolling on Vittoria Corsa G+ 25mm clinchers. Will we ever tire of this bike? Unlikely.