One of the great things about The Spoken is the exposure we get to bikes and builders we might not usually come across. Who’d have thought that in the Canary Islands would reside a master welder of titanium, who creates some very innovative frame designs?
Pedro Jeronimo is the holder of the torch, and this is one of his designs, interestingly called the Slütter. Pedro designed this bike to be an all-rounder: Tenerife is an amazing environment for both mountain biking and road cycling, so it only made sense to have a bike that is adept at both.
For the true enthusiast, a bike you can do a few laps of the island in the morning, change the wheels, then carve up the slopes of the Parque Nacional del Teide in the afternoon. While looking the bee’s knees and enjoying the ultimate tenor of a titanium ride.
I’m still looking forward to my first ride on a belt drive, being a big believer in the concept. On motorcycles the ease of maintenance is surpassed only by a shaft drive, and I’m interested to see how the bicycle industry adopts it, if even for the commuter and single-speed sector.
Pedro has granted us the best of both worlds by installing a Shimano Alfine internal rear hub on the Slütter and that, combined with disc brakes on a 700c wheel adds up to one of the most versatile bikes we’ve seen.
Massive thanks to Pedro Jeronimo, contact him through his website and check out his flickr stream for some truly inspiring work in titanium.