Three years ago today, The Spoken went live—featuring an Indy Fab ‘crosser dressed in the color scheme of the Gulf Oil racing team. It was built up by Ken Bloomer of Germany’s Crema Cycles, so today is probably a good day to present one of Crema’s own Doma road bikes.
As the Crema name suggests, Ken knows what goes into a decent coffee, having worked as a barista, cafe manager and in the industry for a specialty coffee roaster, alongside his racing career. His life on wheels is also decorated with accolades, 47 career wins to be exact, all of them on dirt.
The experience gleaned from professional riding for brands such as Brodie, Dean, Sycip and Independent Fabrication is now utilized by the frames built for Crema. The Doma is their proprietary road frame, which recently tied for first place in Germany’s Tour Magazine Steel Road Bike Test.
The Doma, however, is no sentimental retro ride. It weighs in at 1500gms for the frame, thanks to a custom blend of Coumbus and True Temper tubes. This model uses ENVE’s tapered road fork, cockpit and rims, laced to Chris King R45 hubs, topped with Campagnolo’s Record 11 gruppo.
Big thanks to Bernhard Spöttel for the photography and Ken Bloomer for the first and latest beautiful bike on The Spoken. I’d also like to extend a massive thank you to the frame builders, photographers and, especially, the readers for contributing to CE over the past three years.
Also, to Chris Hunter of Bike EXIF, for initially setting the wheels in motion.
It’s been the best ride of my life.