Disc brakes and Australia’s legendary Baum Cycles aren’t things that typically go hand-in-hand. But, rest assured, when we team up with one of the world’s finest titanium builders on a disc-brake all-road bike, there are no corners cut.
For the Tenth Day of the Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds, a previously seen Baum, but one deserving of a spot all the same. This is the Turanti, Geelong’s take on a cyclocross bike. Built to the same standard as the world-beating Corretto, it’s possibly the finest ‘cross/gravel frameset known to man. Like the Corretto, it’s fully titanium, and like the Corretto, every last tube is butted for the individual rider who orders the bike. Yes, you read that correctly – short of going to Taiwan, cutting a mold yourself, hiring a composites engineer, and buying enough carbon prepreg to build 100 framesets, there is no better way to achieve the pinnacle of personalization in a bicycle frameset.
This Turanti was built not for the cyclocross course, but for backroads, singletrack, and the unpredictable nature of what’s commonly become known as “adventure” or “gravel” riding. With geometry more apropos for the road, it’s designed for long days in the saddle and for terrain skinny tires shy away from. Dressed in Baum’s GTR Pin paint scheme, its Tiffany Blue basecoat is accented with red White Industries hubs, Zipp 303 rims, and a perfect mix of Shimano’s Di2/hydraulic disc road going parts complement. Dura Ace Di2 derailleurs, crankset, chain, and cassette take up the slack in the drivetrain, while the R785 Di2 hydraulic braking shift levers are mated to XTR disc brake calipers for the best in stopping performance. The cockpit is made up of a custom-painted ENVE/fiz’i:k mix, with the bars wrapped in custom Busyman tape, also from the land Down Under. Baum-finished King titanium cages act as water carriers, and finally, the finishing AC touch – a full CeramicSpeed coated bearing treatment, from derailleur pulleys to bottom bracket. Bar none, this is one of the finest disc brake gravel builds available today, and we’re pleased to see it come together so nicely.
Keep your eyes peeled over the next two days as we finish out the Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds. We don’t think you’re going to want to miss 11 and 12.