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The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Seven - The John Player Special Baum Corretto

Anthony Little |

Day Seven of the Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds is here, and it's a bit of a throwback to earlier this year. Yes, the John Player Special Baum Corretto is back. It remains a fan favorite, with correspondence coming in regularly about creating a similar paint scheme on a new Baum. Instead of reinventing the wheel, let's revisit Chad's words on the dashing, Formula One-inspired titanium darling.

Today we get to show off this Baum Corretto in black and gold. The colors are based on one of our favorite Formula One cars, the Lotus 72D. While Lotus at that time were known for pushing the boundaries of performance and weight reduction, we looked to do the same with this bike, only adding the durability that the car was notoriously missing.

Our build looked like this:

  • Baum Corretto frame with custom geometry and fully custom butted tubes (all of them), Chris King headset, 44mm head tube, Enve tapered fork, Enve stem and seat post, both custom painted to match.
  • Campagnolo Super Record EPS group
  • eecycleworks brake calipers
  • CeramicSpeed coated bottom bracket bearings and coated titanium derailleur pulleys
  • Lightweight Meilenstein Schwarz Edition wheels
  • Continental Competition 25mm tubulars
  • Fizik Bull 00 bars
  • Fizik Superlight tape
  • Fizik Aliante R1 saddle
  • King titanium cages, refinished by Baum
  • Speedplay Zero pedals with titanium spindles
  • Bar Fly 2.0 Garmin Mount


We think Formula One should make new rules to make cars look like this again. MEAN!


The new eecycleworks brake calipers.


Lightweight Schwarz-edition Meilenstein wheels. Same as the standard, but with blacked out logos and a full CeramicSpeed bearing upgrade.


If Mavic were still building drivetrains, this would be the evolution of the great "starfish" crank that they made 20+ years ago. Paint scheme is Baum's GTR Pin.


The Campagnolo Super Record EPS front mech with the EPS chain watcher, though it's not really needed as the derailleur works wonderfully.


The fiz'i:k R1 Aliante.


eecycleworks brake caliper from the rear. One thing we really love about these is the clean cable routing to the barrel adjuster.


Enve stem with the Apollo top cap, good for close to 5g. Details.


Skewers are light and trick, but what we'd give for Campagnolo to make a new, lighter and tricker release of their incredible skewers from the older ten speed group! Something that would face forward and fit under the hooded dropouts. Please Campagnolo? Pretty please?! But back to the dropouts and those welds, so clean. Both the chain and seat stays are custom butted as well.


EPS charging port.