Let me tell you about this bike… It is a custom steel, belt-driven, 11 speed internal-hub, disc-brake, “super-commuter” inspired by and in tribute to The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson. The frame was designed and built by John Caletti. The paint scheme was created by Peter Thomsen and deftly applied by Spectrum Powderworks.

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The Owner

All I can say was I am truly blown-away. The bike is a de facto piece of art. The translation from design to build is even better than I expected.

Chris KaneBike Owner

The Build Details

Frame: A mix of Columbus and True Temper tubes selected to provide a balance of torsional rigidity for confident handling, even with the panniers loaded, as well as a comfortable ride

Dropouts: Paragon Machine Works Rocker dropouts with rack mounts and a split for the belt drive

Fork: A segmented crown style fork with thicker blades for disc brake use

Rack: Tubus, powder coated

Bags: Ortleib Back Roller Classic in Scuba Yellow

Headset: Chris King silver

Stem: Ritchey powder coated

Handlebars: Ritchey powder coated

Brakes: Shimano XT

Shift Lever: Shimano Alfine Rapidfire

Belt: Gates Carbon Drive

Crankset: Shimano 105 with Gates CDX Centertrack Sprocket

Front Hub: Chris King

Read Hub: Shimano Alfine 11 speed Internal Geared

Rims / Spokes: Velocity A23 rims, butted DT spokes, brass nipples, handbuilt.

Tires: Panaracer Pasela 32

Saddle: All City Gonzo in perforated red leather

Seatpost: Ritchey powder coated

The Makers

John Caletti

John Caletti


The Zissou.

Peter Thomsen

Peter Thomsen

Designer | Photographer

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