NOPE! at work

NOPE! cycles

Handmade in Stockholm

Perspective — Danny’s.

How fortunate some stumble upons can be. Browsing Instagram one day I saw a post from NOPE! cycles. A brand-new bespoke frame builder based just down the road from H&O HQ here in Stockholm! I slid into NOPE’s DMs, found out he had a name, Moritz, and we arranged to meet at his workshop.

So one sunny mid—February Saturday I took the scenic route to NOPE! HQ.  Here are a couple of scenes from that journey —

Snowy forest Stockholm
Iced lake

Project 6.x

"Custom steel bikes? Yeah they're really nice. Heavy tho..."

No they are not. No. Nope. NOPE!

“The aim was to build a modern and lightweight steel bike that can take on any other high-end road bike.”
— Moritz

NOPE! 6.x light weight steel racing bike

The NOPE! 6.x was a project I loved the sound of. Waiting patiently through the rest the winter (of which there was a lot!) I kept asking for updates, checking in— generally pestering. At last, word on the wires was it was finished.

I was lucky enough to borrow the 6.x for a few days (eagle-eyed readers will have noticed the bike features in some of our photoshoots).

It. Is. So. Light.

Nope steel bike in the jig
NOPE cycles 6.x custom steel bike
Riding the custom steel NOPE 6.x

Steel is real. The bike rides beautifully.

Sensations — stable & planted, quick & responsive. So comfortable. And so quiet — a pleasant surprise when, like me, you’re accustom to the noises a carbon bike frame makes (not to say carbon makes a bad noise, you just notice the absence).

Final weight — 6.77kg. Impressive, especially for a 56cm frame.

Fine points

NOPE! 6.x's spec list...

Tubing — Columbus Spirit / Dedacciai Zero, TIG-welded
Fork — Columbus Futura Caliper (Carbon)
Headset — Extralite 1 1/2″ to 1 1/8″, internal top, external bottom
Bottom Bracket — English threaded (BSA) 68 mm
Seatpost: 27.2 mm
Tire clearance — 700c x 30 mm
Groupset — Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Wheels — Venn 35 mm Carbon Rims, Bitex Race Hub, Sapim CX-Ray Spokes
Finishing kit — Deda Superleggera, MCFK Saddle Carbon

Further reading

Website — nopecycles.se
Instagram — /nopecycles
Facebook — /nopecycles

For workshop opening hours check NOPE’s Instagram feed.

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