When Rich and his riding friends began exploring Minnesota’s Root River Bluffs, they established their criteria for the ultimate adventure bicycle.

“Belt drive, internal gearing and fenders – so your shirt doesn’t end up looking like a Jackson Pollock painting.”

One by one, his mates showed up with new bikes for the weekend rides. Rich held out, searching for one additional wish-list requirement: titanium.

And then he discovered Model No.3.

His all-weather, all-surface custom build includes a Gates Carbon Drive belt, 14-speed Rohloff Speedhub, Formula hydraulic brakes and knobby Racing Ralph tires.

At his request, we extended the Ultramarine Blue Pearl powdercoat to camouflage our titanium fenders and fork.

“We’ll see how long it takes them to realize I have a titanium frame. Should be fun.”

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