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posted May 22, 2012 by Chad
The Cubano is the 2nd titanium frame that Baum builds, just under the Corretto in terms of the level of detail and cost. We recently built this frame for a customer in Maine who wanted a tough bike to handle the rough paved and dirt roads that he frequents. He also wanted something a little more unique than what is out there right now.
The Baum Cubano is very close to the Corretto in terms of features. In fact the only difference is the size of the chain stays and the fact that the chain stays are not custom butted as they are on the Corretto. This is a small feature but saves a lot of time in the build phase which is why the Cubano is about a thousand dollars less.
This particular 57cm Baum Cubano was built as follows:
- Dura-Ace 7900 Crankset 180mm 53X39
- Dura-Ace 7900 Rear Derailleur
- Dura-Ace 7900 Front Derailleur
- Dura-Ace 7900 Brake calipers
- Dura-Ace 7900 Cassette 12X27
- Dura-Ace 7900 Brake/Shift Levers
- Dura-Ace 7900 hubset 32 hole
- Dura-Ace 7900 Chain
- Chris King Bottom Bracket
- Chris King Headset (included with the frame)
- 3T Team Stem 130mm (included with frame)
- 3T LTD Seat Post (included with frame)
- 3T Rotundo Pro Handle Bar
- Mavic Open Pro Rims 32 hole
- DT Champion spokes
- Continental Grand Prix 4Seasons tires 700X25
- Deda tape
- Original NOS Selle Italia Flite Saddle
- King titanium Cages
The over sized chain stays allow plenty of room for some etched artwork.
Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 front hub. Great hubs and come w/ some of the best quick release skewers made.
This is Celery Stalk Green by the way, not Celeste. Subtle difference but it is different. The red is Campagnolo Red and the blue is Ghibli Blue which is a Campagnolo color as well. Initially this bike was built with a Campagnolo Record group set, but works just as well with the Dura-Ace group here…
Classic and tough front wheel for the rough Maine roads. Not sure if they are all rough, but most of the ones that this bike will be on are. Continental Grand Prix 4-Seasons tires are super durable and in the 700X25 version, very comfortable.
The handbuilt rear wheel…
Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 Rear Hub. One of the best made, smooth and tough.
Darren Baum. Paint work is incredible on all the Baum frames. We’ve tested first hand just how tough even though it’s thin enough to see the beads of the weld.
Chris King headset and the custom painted stem to match the bike.
Chris King Bottom Bracket. One of the many reasons to stick with a threaded bottom bracket shell. 5 year warranty on these BB’s. Though you’ll never need to use it…
Massive 180mm Dura-Ace 7900 crank.
Cable guides mounted on the head tube work great and keeps the head tube from being rubbed down by the shift cables.
King Titanium water bottle cage. A pretty unglamorous piece of equipment that will never let you down.
Front end of the Baum Cubano. 3T Rotundo bars are the classic round bar which may take a little time to get used to for the newer cyclists out there who are used to the more ergonomic bends out there, but once you do, they are hard to beat which is why so many of the top riders still use them.
The Cubano is a great choice for anyone looking for the best titanium frame available now, if not the best frame of any material. And for a thousand dollars less than the Corretto could be an easier way to get on a Baum!
For any more information don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to answer all your questions. Thanks for reading!