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 —
"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.”
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.
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.
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