After owning a number of production steel bikes I knew I loved the way steel rode and felt, but nothing fit me just right. So I decided to pull the trigger and get a custom steel bike made. I first became aware of Elephant Bikes (Glen Copus/Spokane, Wa) from J.T. Fountain and Neon Jet. Glen has a long history with bikes, from racing BMX as a child to eventually building for Serotta and Bontrager.
I wanted a “Endurance” type road bike that incorporated classic aesthetics, painted classic black. The tubing is full Columbus life. Since my shoulder surgery I have had to sit more upright so I asked for a extended head tube. Some extras I added were a chain catcher and rear fender mounts. It’s set up with a Sram Rival group sans brake calipers, which are Dura Ace 7800. I topped it off with what I felt were quality components all around.
I am extremely pleased with the way the bike came out. I can’t wait to log in some serious miles on her once I fully recover from knee surgery!