built me this lugless bike 3 years ago, when I became curious about
low trail bicycles. I had seen some Daniel Rebour drawings detailing
the steering geometry of a bike from the late 40's. The trail numbers
ran counter to everything I had applied to front end design up till
that point and seemed impossibly low. A few weeks later I was lucky
enough to find a 1955 Elswick 531 three speed, whose original owner
had grown too old to ride. It rode like a friggin' Cadillac and
when I measured it up, the numbers were perilously close to those
outlined by Rebour. That cliched the deal for me and I had Curt
mirror those numbers on this bike. It has become my reference for
what a bike should ride like and is compelling enough that I have
since sold bikes that were formerly near and dear.
those that are only familiar with Curt's lugged work, take a gander
at this seat cluster. This is as good as it gets. Having owned fillet
brazed bikes by Tom Ritchey and Steve Potts, I have seen the best.
Curt stands among the gods when it comes to laying down perfect
fillets. A radically re-worked vintage Davis crown with 22mm blades
make for a wonderfully compliant ride. Finally, JB laid down a coat
of glass and topped it with hand striped box lining. A combo of
new and vintage components complete the build.