The Excelsa is a high-performance rim brake road bike tailored to your riding style. Each frame is unique, designed to better suit your needs, a careful balance of stiffness, weight and resilience. The result is a bike the equal of which cannot be bought off the shelf.    

Whether it be for criterium racing, 100 kilometre social rides, an all-day or a multi day epic, I can design that bike and it will fit you like a glove. Made with the world's most advanced steel bicycle frame tubing. Every one of these bikes is different, designed around the rider, engineered lightweight and resilient.

All frames have carefully chosen details for trouble-free use including stainless-steel rear dropouts, a threaded bottom bracket shell for quiet, trouble-free operation, robust, reliable derailleur hanger options and the industry-standard 27.2mm seatpost size.

The frames are paired with caliper brake carbon-fibre forks chosen to compliment the frame. The fork I now recommend is the newly released Futura Caliper SL fork by Columbus with 28mm measured tyre clearance and 1-1/8" steerer. That slender steerer tube will be less stiff and hence more comfortable than forks with the more common  and larger diameter 1.25" and 1.5" tapered steerer which are also an option.

The ENVE 2.0 Road fork shown on this bike is an option and also has the slender 1-1/8" steerer. The Futura Caliper SLX fork with 28mm (was 30mm in 2020) measured tyre clearance and the stiffer 1.25" tapered steerer is available as an option for heavier riders. An even stiffer fork is the Columbus Futura Caliper with 28mm measured tyre clearance and a 1.5" taper steerer which Columbus describe as being designed for high-performance steel frames.



Choose from a frame, a frameset or a complete bike. 

The rear brake can be routed externally, or internally through the toptube. See the Options for list below for pricing

The bike pictured above has been featured on Cycling Tips' Bikes of the Bunch series and I'm pretty chuffed about what its owner Tim Webber had to say about his experience. 



  • Custom geometry for personalised fit and handling

  • Custom tube diameter selection determining stiffness and ride-feel

  • Standard fork, Columbus' Futura Caliper SL, 28mm max measured tyre width 

  • Stainless-steel rear dropout masked free of paint

  • slim headtube reinforcement rings upper and lower.

  • Cable routing; Mechanical, Di2, EPS or eTap.

  • Standard 27.2mm seatpost which suits almost all riders and being slender, gives a supple ride. Larger riders get a 30.6mm post. A DKG brand seatpost clamp is supplied with the frame. I insist on external clamps because they retain their round shape better than other approaches AND they work as a slip-joint, sliding around the seattube, achieving the least distortion of the seatpost. I do not make the seatpost diameter an afterthought and lumber you with an unnecessarily harsh ride, simply to match the inside diameter of the seattube as is common with the larger diameter seattube of carbon-fibre and titanium frames.

I use White Industries and Chris King headsets both of which are available in a range of colours as well as Black. White Industries machine their parts to use the excellent replaceable Enduro Bearings (click here for headset colours). Chris King built their reputation on making their own bearings which are serviceable. Depending on the fork, the Chris King headset is an approximate $100 upgrade. 


Frames from $3990 with custom selection of Columbus' Life, HSS and SL butted frame tubing.

Frameset (frame, fork, headset, stem seatpost paint-matched) $4725 with Columbus' Minimal fork, White Industries headset, paint-matched stem and seatpost from Shimano's excellent PLT line of "PRO" brand components.

Complete bikes

(these prices are indicative and have gone up due to supply issues)

(prices without pedals and saddle)

  • Ultegra mechanical; R8000, wheelset Shimano's WH-RS700 C30 $8030

  • Ultegra mechanical; R8000, $8370 ** with custom DT wheelset, details below.

  • SRAM Force22 rim brake $8530 **

  • Ultegra Di2 rim brake ; R8050 $9200 **

  • Dura-Ace rim brake R9100 $9200 **

  • SRAM Red22 rim brake $9530 **

  • Dura-Ace Di2 rim brake R9150 $10500 **

  • SRAM Red eTap rim brake $10,700 **

** Custom DT Swiss wheelset; this is my preferred wheel spec. I believe it is superior to most other designs in terms of bang-for-your-buck aluminium rim wheels.

Hub: DT350, Centerlock rotors,

Rims; DT RR411 or RR421 tubeless-ready rims with an asymmetric rear rim for improved spoke angle and hence wheel durability.

Spokes: Sapim D-Light or CX Ray butted spokes in black finish. Butted spokes are more durable AND a lower weight.

Nipples; Sapim double-square or DT's Squorx alloy nipples in silver finish with Pro Lock (to prevent loosening) with nipple washers for much increased surface area and hence resistance to premature fatigue-failure of the rim. Aluminium nipples are great if you regularly wash your bike.

Fitted with Shimano's "PRO" PLT stem and seatpost


  • Internal routing of the rear brake cable through the toptube with 3D printed stainless-steel reinforced cable stops $380 

  • 44mm head tube for 1-1/4" and 1.5" tapered fork steerer compatibility is a no cost option.

  • Tapered headtube. 34mm upper, 44mm lower for 1-1/4" and 1.5" taper forks $200

  • Enve 2.0 1-1/8" fork. (there is an extremely long wait for these parts) 28mm measured tyre clearance. upgrade $270

  • Columbus' Futura Caliper SLX fork with its stiffer 1.25" tapered steerer is available as an option for those wanting a stiffer fork. A no cost option.

  • Columbus' Futura Caliper fork with its stiff 1.5" tapered steerer is available as an option for those wanting an even stiffer fork. A no cost option.

  • Rear dropouts;  stainless-steel hooded dropouts with replaceable-hanger and spare hanger $150.

  • S&S travel couplers; pack your bike in a Standard Airline suitcase from $1420. The frame shown above features these.