DAY TWELVE: THE HOLY TRINITY
It’s here. The final day of the Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds. We’re hoping, at this stage, dear reader, that you’re brushing the scraps of wrapping paper from your pajamas, that you’ve successfully bandaged the grease burns on your arm from cooking a hot breakfast once a year, and that you’re sipping a hot cocoa, because the finale is worth sitting down for.
This year, Baum Cycles did something different. This is a big deal. When Baum changes something, it’s roughly within the same vein as a rewriting of the Catechism. It is, in short, picking apart doctrine and putting it back together again. Those of us who’ve gone through the Baum ordering process know how intensely particular about paint schemes the boys and girls in Geelong can be, so when they implement changes, we know it’s going to be quite thoroughly thought-out. In 2016, Baum Cycles updated the lavish Martini paint scheme. For those not in the know, Martini paint on a Baum is an intensely difficult embarkation. Every single pinstripe is painted, not decaled, and is painstaking applied in a laborious masking process. Each Martini takes over 30 man-hours to paint. Initially, when Baum released the design, it was available only in a classic white, and it didn’t matter who was asking, it was never going to be anything but white. Now, it’s available in three additional colors – blue, black, and grey, along with the original (and still stunning) white.
Today, we present our final Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds entrant. Actually, three entrants. Three of Baum’s range-topping titanium Corretto bicycles, each wearing Martini attire in blue, black, and the original white.
Often, we’re asked why we use Shimano’s Dura-Ace skewers on nearly every build. They’re heavy. They run counter to our matchy-matchy sensibilities. And the aesthetic is polarizing. The answer to the contradiction is simple: Function. We haven’t found a QR skewer that secures a wheel with more confidence (and silence).
Finally, we finished the blue Corretto with a THM Clavicula SRM powermeter mated to a PC8 headunit.
The cherry on the Martini? The original homage to the classic Porsche 917 that wore the colors. Bright, brilliant white, highlighted by a deep crystal blue, with red and gold accents. Several years after this scheme was introduced (and after putting a couple together), this still remains near the top when it comes to our favorite Baum paintworks.
Once more, eTap dresses a Corretto, and once more, eeCycleworks brakes provide stopping power. The last of SRM’s THM Clavicula cranks have made their way onto our builds this year – still likely the lightest crank-based powermeter available. Here, it spins freely on a Kogel ceramic BB.
The rear derailleur changes gears with the help of CeramicSpeed’s new 3D-printed hollow titanium pulleys. Incredible little pieces.
The holy trinity, Baum-style, in all its glory. Each legendary in its own right, we’d be more than happy to swing a leg over any of these three.