It should come as no surprise that we're huge fans of the Australian premium bicycle scene, and this week's featured build, a bare black Bastion Cycles Road Disc, is a perfect example of the creativity and vibrancy coming from the new wave of Aussie independent makers.
The Road Disc Frame
Lugged bikes are quite a rarity in the modern world of performance bicycles, but they're a signature component to all of Bastion's creations. With custom wrapped carbon tubes and 3D printed titanium junctions, Bastion can leverage both materials' benefits while providing an incredibly tunable ride. This build showcases the beauty of the raw materials, with a lustrous clear coat on the carbon and a high polish on the Ti lugs.
The bike's front end features a clean and ergonomic Zipp Service Course SL cockpit wrapped in perforated Deda tape. Mounted to the ISP is a Most Lynx saddle.
Campagnolo EPS Super Record deftly handles shifting and braking, a buttery-smooth system that affords precise shifts and incredible modulation. For the cranks though, we opted for SRM's Origin power meter cranks, as Campagnolo SRM arms in the rider's preferred 165mm length are currently unavailable.
On a high tech Australian built frame like this, it seemed only fitting to deck the bike out with wheels from Bastion's fellow Aussie brand, Partington. Having put the R-Series wheelset through our own internal testing (with a big thumbs up of approval), we're stoked to start seeing them on client builds. We mated the Partingtons to Vittoria rubber - 30c Corsa Controls, a familiar favorite around here.
Through and through, this build showcases some of the finest tech and craftsmanship Australia has to offer. We love how this machine turned out - a stunning example of how far modern performance bicycles have come.
We're thrilled to start seeing more Bastions roll out of our studio, and we'd love to see even more! If you've had your eye on a build like this, give us a shout and we'd be honored to help you start your dream bike journey. For more information on Bastion, check out the collection page here.