Simply a work of art
Eric Estlund is the designer and builder at Winter Bicycles, who are based in Pennsylvania, USA. Estlund started frame-building in Oregon in 2008 and attended Be-spoked for the sixth time. A long-time bike advocate for community-minded sport and commuter cycling, he has an art degree with a focus on metal sculpture and function, plus 14 years of practical outdoor art and environmental teaching“The idea experience.for this bike came from a customer who liked the intricately engraved patterns often found on high-class shotguns, and commissioned me to build it,” says Estlund. “The frame is built
“The idea came from a customer who liked the intricately engraved patterns found on shotguns”
from an eclectic combination of fillet-brazed True Temper, Columbus and Deda steel tubing, to provide the look and feel we wanted.” Each one of the elements was engraved separately before being added, which was a fairly conventional fitting task for the Shimano Dura-Ace derailleurs and crankset with its matching engraved outer chainring, but the others were more involved. “Engraved metal collars were bonded around the seatpost and seattube, and another strip of engraved metal was laminated on top of the stem, but the engraved head was more complicated still,” explains Estlund. To create the effect of inlaid engraved steel between the headtube’s pointed lug-like ends, Eric inserted a separate telescopic tube into the frame before it was engraved around the steel headtube badge. Even the Brooks cutout leather saddle is engraved. The stunning bike is intended for road use, and equipped with disc brakes, HED wheels and Zipp handlebar, but Eric says that the customer is already talking about commissioning another bike, similarly engraved, for cyclocross use!