Introducing Baum!

posted September 20, 2011 by Chad

All of us at Above Category are extremely proud to present the latest addition to our shop, Baum Bicycles.  Baum is a  custom frame building out of Geelong, Australia which was started by Darren Baum in 1996 and has become the standard bearer of custom bikes in Australia and now worldwide since.

I saw my first Baum five or six years ago and was pretty blown away but didn’t give it much more thought than that.  Then maybe a year or two later saw another and then another year passed and the name Baum was becoming imprinted in my head.  Then maybe four or five months ago I ran across another picture and this time decided that I had to find out more.  At first, I didn’t know if it was something we’d be able to represent at Above Category or not.  I didn’t know anything at all about the company, was it just one guys building a handful of frames a year or a larger company doing many more.  In fact, I thought it was a German company based on the name.

So, I made a note of Baum and vowed to find out more.  I read everything I could get my hands on which was not much, but everything I did find was absolutely positive which was a good sign.  Then I read and re-read the Baum website and finally looked at all the bikes in the gallery.  That is what did it for me and I decided that even if I couldn’t carry the bikes at the shop I was going to buy a Baum for myself!  Long story short, I sent an email to the guys in Australia and told them that I’d love to talk about bringing the bikes to the U.S and getting one myself.  Luckily for all of us they were thinking the same thing and off we went.

Of course I had to base my opinion on more than just looks so we ordered up two frames, one in steel, the Ristretto and one in Titanium, the Corretto.  We’ve since built them both up and I have close to a thousand miles on the Ristretto and just one ride on the Corretto which is absolutely enough to say that these are two of the nicest bikes I’ve ever ridden.  The whole process, from ordering to receiving the bikes was the best we’ve had.  The fit and finish is out of this world and every detail came out perfect.  We’ll go into more detail on the bikes very soon, for now we just wanted to introduce the brand and say that if anyone out there has been looking for that next bike, give us a call and we’ll tell you why Baum deserves a good long look!

Our Baum Corretto in our favorite blue.  This one is a Di2 specific frame so we did a dark grey accent to match the Shimano Dura-Ace components.  This titanium frame is internally custom butted to the specifications that Baum and I talked about, but more on that later…

The Baum Ristretto; extremely over-sized steel tubed frame.  Kept the theme going with the same colors but kept this one manual.  There are so many small details that make so much sense but don’t see that often, if ever.  This will be the first bike we review as we have the most miles on it so far…

An example of another paint scheme on a Corretto…

We’ll be working with Baum on mountain and cross bikes as well.  This is one of the latest 29er frames that they’ve put out.

One last note on Baum that we’ll be saying over again and again, they build high performance frames.  It doesn’t matter what it’s built out of, steel, titanium, carbon, aluminum, these frame rank right up there if not at the top of anything I’ve ridden yet, regardless of what material it’s made of.  That is the sign of a frame builder that knows what he’s doing.  Oh yeah, the list of guys that ride Baums as their personal bikes is pretty impressive as well, more than a few top pro’s who you’d all recognize not to mention a pretty popular Australian who did pretty well in France this summer!

Here is a short video that will give you a little more insight into the company that Darren Baum started.  Make sure to look over their website but mostly, give us a call or come in to see them in person and find out more!

Thanks for reading!