Rapha recently announced their partnership with four bike builders to create a Rapha specific bike collection that will be available for at least the next two years. From racers to bike commuters, each handmade bike portrays the Rapha style as interpreted by the various frame builders.
For the aggressive racer, Rapha teamed up with Cinelli to create the Criterium Racer. Using high stiffness to weight ratio Columbus XCR stainless steel tube sets, the bike geometry is designed for the strong and fast. The Criterium Racer is white with pink, black and grey race bands and starts at $3500.
The Every Day commuter bike from Portland's Beloved Bicycles if offered as a complete bike with fillet brazed steel frame and fork, carry-hold, Rapha emblazoned San Marco Regal saddle and painted Berthoud fender. The Every Day commuter bike retails for $5195 plus shipping.
The Continental Bicycle was created by Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira from Bread Winner Cycles. The Continental is an all-weather, all-terrain steel bike and will also be offered as a complete bike with components such as DT Swiss wheels with Chris King Hubs. The Continental bike retails for $5000 plus shipping.
Finally, the Independent Fabrication XS (pictured top) is designed for endurance riders. The bespoke frameset is made out of a carbon fiber and titanium blend to deliver a smooth ride. The Independent will be offered as a complete bike with the choice between Campagnolo, SRAM Red, Shimano, DuraAce or Di2 gruppos along with wheels from either Enve Composites or Mavic. The Independent Fabrication starts at $6750.