For a while now I have been thinking about a single speed cyclo-cross bicycle so when given the chance to ride Tom’s Stoemper I jumped at the chance.
“All Stoemper frames are hand-crafted with love and care, one at a time. We’ve been welding steel, titanium and aluminum frames for more than a decade. We mostly assemble frames by tig-welding as this yields the lightest and strongest frames, but we also incorporate other building methods as appropriate”.
“Aluminum – not just for beer cans anymore. Our flagship cyclocross bike is a hand-built aluminum racing frame, built and painted by us in Oregon. On top of some really light, triple-butted Dedacciai Scandium tubes we use our own machined tapered head tube for a stiff front end and accurate handling and. Our standard frames feature through axles and disc brakes, but QR/cantilever options are available, as well as Di2 or standard cable routing, and much more”.
How does it ride?
Well this thing is tight, fast and responsive even if I wasn’t racing. It seemed to glide over the cobbles and the muddy tracks were just fun. Having not ridden an aluminium bike for years the triple butted tubing was far more forgiving than I thought it would be.
If you are thinking of buying something a little different head over to Stoemper