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Custom Baum Ristretto

Custom Baum Ristretto

The Custom Baum Ristretto

Builds starting from $9900

The ultimate steel race bike, finished with Baum's famously fanatical attention to detail and stunning paint. Read more

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Custom Baum Ristretto
Custom Baum Ristretto
Custom Baum Ristretto
Custom Baum Ristretto


The oversized steel racing bicycle is something of an anachronism, born after materials like aluminum and carbon began to take over the professional peloton. Still, it remains one of our favorite frame construction methodologies, immensely stiff, yet springy and forgiving, a sprinting platform that encourages the pilot to mash the gas pedal harder with unmatched liveliness thanks to enormously thin tube walls. The Ristretto is Baum's 21st century ferrous offering, their distinctly Australian response to the overbuilt steel bike, an amalgamation of Columbus, Reynolds, and Dedacciai butted tubing, selected based on the rider's fit and preferences.

The Ristretto comes with an added bonus: It's Baum's gateway drug, the most affordable of their racing bicycles. While heavier than its titanium siblings, the Corretto and Cubano, it features full anti-corrosion treatment and stainless seat/chainstays, making it suitable for duty in poor conditions where one would normally avoid taking a steel bike. It features the same scalloped chainstays of its titanium relatives as well, adding an additional spring to its foot, and maintaining aesthetic consistency across the line. The Ristretto comes in a dizzying array of colors in Baum's legendary autosport-inspired GT paint schemes, a decision process we collaborate with Baum and the client to create the most stunning expression possible of the rider.

A simple testament to the legitimacy of Baum's steel weapon? Of all our bikes, the one with the most miles on it is the Ristretto.



Ordering Process

  • Personalised fitting
  • Personalised geometry
  • Individualised tube diameter and wall thickness selection
  • Proprietary Columbus XCR chainstays and seatstays ​
  • Scalloped and bi-ovalised chainstays
  • Stainless refinement on all the frame fittings, dropouts and brake bridge
  • Anti-corrosion treatment (all tubes, inside and out)
  • Individualized headtube length to the millimeter
  • 1 1/8" Chris King headset
  • 3T Funda Team fork
  • Proprietary stainless steel dropouts
  • Proprietary bottom bracket shell (English thread)
  • ENVE carbon seatpost
  • 3T ARX II Team Alloy headstem
  • Maximum chain ring 53/39T
  • Maximum tyre size: 28mm measured
  • ENVE stem
  • Name on top tube / chainstay
  • Non standard colours
  • Limited paint schemes
  • Rack eyelets
  • Cable routing: Mechanical, Di2, EPS, eTap

Whether you’re already set on a certain make and model of frame, or still have some questions about how to go about your build, drop us a line and we can talk through your options. From the first detail to the final finish, we'll help you dial in the perfect set up for your next dream bike.

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