This project has been fourteen years in the making. The frame, made by Jeff Lyon in Oregon, was purchased for $300 from Recycled Cycles in 2003, but it started life on the professional cylcocross circuit many years before that. It was red with a single white panel (visible below). It also came with a matching steel fork which was destroyed in a car wreck, but somehow the frame was undamaged. The front wheel survived too, and is the same one you see here. Campagnolo Record ... feels like magic sometimes.
I confirmed with Jeff that the tubeset is a blend of Reynolds 725 and Deda Zero-Uno, with a flattened top-tube for shouldering comfort and canti-specific wishbone rear seat-stays. There are gussets under both the top and down tubes where they abut the head tube, which is likely what kept it from crumpling in the car accident. The fork is a Alpha-Q 1" threadless full carbon cross fork, which, needless to say, is nearly impossible to find anymore. Many different drive-trains have powered this bike. At first it was a 9spd Dura-Ace / XTR set up. Then a first-gen Sram Rival shifter (alloy) and mid 2000's XX rear mech, but that has just changed to 10 speed Campy record with a 39/44 chainring combo. The headset is fun too: Chris King before the laser-etching era. The Selle TT saddle is at least as old as the frame and still hanging in there. The crankset is Dura-Ace 7700 that was branded for the peloton with large Shimano letters, another used bike-shop find. *Update: the Alpha-Q is cracked at the aluminum dropout, sadly, and a Wound-Up is on it's way.*
The guys down at Austin Paintworks did a spectacular job—hand sanding the clearcoat from the fork and painstakingly trying multiple decals for the head-badge to get it right. Everything else is masked. The lettering began as a stock font but has been carefully modified as a vector path to simulate hand lettering.