Reimagine: Rikulau Mondrian with Campagnolo Veloce groupset
The Rikulau Mondrian is a beautiful bike frame finished in a light pearlescent white with a Mondrian composition in prime colours (blue, red and yellow) and black lines. The frame is made from Reynolds 853 steel, which is heat treated and air hardened. It is similar in strength to Titanium alloy and stainless steel. Rikulau has partnered with british Reynolds Steel for many years and produce some amazing looking steel and Titanium frames. The front forks are carbon fibre constructs made by Easton.
This Rikulau Mondrian is a 54cm or L size frame (check geometry below), built up with a full Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed groupset and Campagnolo Khamsin G3 wheelset. The seat post is Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 with a Selle Royal saddle. The flight deck is Deda Elementi Newton 44cm (outside to outside),
This is a ‘one-of’ Reimagine bike build making this Rikulau Mondrian a unique build. These bikes are very rare.
Bike is in excellent condition and ready to ride. Pedals are not included in this sale.
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was a Dutch painter and one of the principal characters in an art movement called De Stijl (“the Style” in Dutch) also known as Neoplasticism. Neoplastiscm seeks to ignore the natural forms and colours of objects, and finds their expression in an abstract composition that uses predominantly primary colours in square, rectangle and straight lines.
|Material||Reynolds 853 steel|
|Groupset||Campagnolo Veloce (black)|
|Brakes||Campagnolo Veloce rim caliper brakes|
|Crankset||Campagnolo Veloce (172.5cm)|
|Front derailleur||Campagnolo Veloce braze on|
|Rear derailleur||Campagnolo Veloce|
|Cassette||Campagnolo Veloce 10 Speed 13-29T|
|Wheels||Campagnolo Khamsin G3|
|Tyres||Michelin Pro 3 Race 700c x 23mm|
|Seat post||Crank Brothers Cobalt 2|
|Saddle||Selle Royal Seta S1|
|Handlebar||Deda Elementi Newton Shallow (44cm outside to outside or 40cm middle to middle)|
|Bar Tape||PRO Smart silicon|
Deda Elementi Zero 1 80mm
|Aheadset||FSA Orbit X with carbon spacers (1x 15mm & 1x 10mm) and a flat Deda Elementi top cap|
|Weight||8.78kg without pedals (9.12kg with pedals)|
This Rikulau Mondrian is 54cm (A) or L size, check full geometry below.
When I saw this frame made by Rikulau I instantly thought that this is the first time I have seen anyone putting well known art to a bike frame and it looked very good. There are elements that I am less keen on, such as the Rikulau web address on the rear stay struts, but this is a very minor disapproval. The colour white is not a flat solid colour and is more like a metallic or pearlescent look. The Mondrian composition made me want to continue the prime colours, but when I tried that the blue was not always matching and with both blue and yellow it distracted away from the composition on the frame. So we decided to just stay with the black and red which seems to enhance the composition.
Then I started to think on the groupset, since Rikulau themselves tends to offer a mixture of branded group components such as Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. I always like to keep the groupset to be same brand, to ensure compatibility and the look is more consistent. So I decided to do a Campag build, and when looking for the groupset I found a set of wheels from Campag too. We decided not to go high end with the wheels as we wanted to keep within a certain sale price, so we went for the Campagnolo Khamsin G3, which are very nice on the bike, a slight upgrade to stock wheels. Coming back to the groupset I settled on the Veloce 10 speed, again to avoid pricing the Mondrian too high. The silver component flourishes on the bike being the cage bolts, seat clamp and front derailleur braze on clamp gives a strong retro feel.
The tubing itself on the frame is relatively thin and not oversized tubing as found in Aluminium or Carbon bikes, further adds to the retro feel. But this is no old tech bike, it is very much a new modern bike made of modern steel.
The build being finished weighs in 8.78kg without pedals, and when I put on my test SPD pedals to test ride it, the weight went up to 9.12kg. By no means a heavy bike, rather impressive for steel, but that is what modern steel can do these days.
The build itself took alot longer than I expected due to my workshop being renovated over the last few months. However it was great fun as soon as I started on it. Very pleasant to build this up and love this look.
I went on a quick test ride on a short 2 mile loop that I always take each bike I build or service. Whilst on the ride I notice straight away how nimble and quick the bike was, the narrower handlebar does enhance this effect. The lightness makes putting power down to be transferred quickly to speed and response is quick. The Reynolds 853 steel feels very comfortable, the gear shifting is silky and the hub sound on freewheeling is an assured clickity-click that is quiet but well known from Campag hubs.
This is a quality ride and will be a good fast bike for long distance, sportives or even some amateur races.