This week’s BOTW is a little different to our usual builds. Rather than featuring a bike built specifically for a client, we’re putting the spotlight onto a newly released model and paint scheme by a builder very close to our hearts; the “Campesina”, by Colombian builder Scarab Cycles.
SCARAB'S SANTA ROSA CAMPESINA
Scarab Santa Rosa Disc
ENVE Foundation 45 Carbon Disc
Shimano Ultegra 12 Speed Di2 R8270
ENVE Carbon Integrated Stem/Handlebar
Vittoria Open Corsa 700x28c Tires
Selle Italia SLR Boost Saddle
Enve Carbon Bottle Cages
Scarab are a frame-building company based in the Colombian Andes, in the town of El Retiro, Antioquia, Colombia. Specialising in steel-framed bikes, Scarab are known for their colorful and wild paint schemes. This distinctive style isn’t just to make their bikes stand out in the store however; Colombian culture is loud and bright at its heart, deeply authentic, with an unmatched toughness and resilience. Their bikes reflect that. They reflect tradition, tenacity and joy.
The Campesina is the new, limited edition color scheme for the Santa Rosa, Scarab’s latest model. Along with Scarab’s usual bright colors and patterns across the forks and chain stays, the frame is dotted with illustrations of small houses, doors and domestic scenes.
In the Colombian Andes, you’ll find these colorful houses dotted around the mountain landscape. They’re called Casas Campesinas, a name which pays homage to the people who live in these beautiful homes. On a tough climb in the Andes, Casas Campesinas, with their balconies decorated with bright tiles and filled with flowers, are a colorful oasis. They’re friendly, welcoming and a fundamental part of the culture of Colombia.
Their new Santa Rosa model allows a tire clearance of up for 35c, for a multi-purpose type of ride, smooth on road, but still stable and composed on gravel surfaces. As a test of the Santa Rosa’s Gravel credentials, Scarab’s founder Santiago Rosa recently brought the bike to the ENVE Grodeo event, proving its potential as a reliable gravel machine across 100 miles of pure and challenging terrain.
At Signature, we have a special connection to Colombia, with our Co-Owner Abraham being a proud second generation Colombian cyclist, his father racing in the ’86 Tour with the Cafe de Colombia team.
We are very proud to have Scarab Cycles in our portfolio, and the new Santa Rosa model with its integrated cockpit is going to be a real hit.