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The Terraferma Corsa GT and Corsa Strada (image will change in a 30 seconds).

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Ready for paint, a Terraferma Corsa GT set up for center mount medium reach brakes.

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Mike was sending this frame and fork off to a customer today.

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Mike Terraferma’s 650B Super Randonneur was reviewed in the latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly. Jan Heine concluded in the review: “the Terraferma is the first bike I have ridden that clearly performed better than my Alex Singer“. Mark commented in the same review: “The Terraferma goes uphill fast and it goes downhill fast; it goes around corners fast; and it goes over bumps fast; “…”If you rode it, you’d know what I mean, too. This bike just goes.

The BQ reviewers seem to agree. When it comes to performance in steel Mike seems to have the touch.

Campagnolo Super Record drivetrain, Paul Racer brakes, prototype Carbon front “bag”, DT Swiss Rear Hub, Synergy Rims, GB Randonneur bar, Schmidt Sondelux Dyno hub and Edelux headlamp, Henry James lugs, True Temper standard super light tubing.

The bike was purchased by Sam Eldersveld who saw the bike while it was being tested and bought it. Sam supplied the pics above. Here’s Sam’s take on the bike after a couple of 100 miles:

Mike Terraferma has built the lightest and most comfortable randonneur I have ever ridden. I have owned two other randonneurs and Mike’s “Super Randonneur” simply rides better. It is very lightweight and the “long-rake” fork is perfectly matched for the frame. With 650B wheels and 42mm wide tires the bike is amazingly quick and nimble. I have no problems keeping up with my younger riding mates on their racing bikes on uphill or down. On chip-seal, gravel and dirt roads the bike has no rival. The lighting system, with internal wiring is elegant and powerful. This bike is now my main rider for short, medium and long rides as well as my daily commute bicycle. Thanks Mike!

Terraferma’s current model line up:

Silver brazed super light lugged steel 650B high performance Super Randonneur (see above pics).

Price for frame & fork: $2,450. includes one color paint, needle bearing headset and  braze-ons for long reach Paul Racer or Mafac brakes. Custom rack available for $250.

Silver brazed super light lugged steel 700C. A race rig that can handle the pave and strada biancha just as well as the road. Optimized for 700 x 28c tires with clearance for fenders and braze-ons for medium reach Paul Racer M or Mafacs. Can be specced with a front rack as a go fast racing randonneur.

Price for frame & fork: $2,050. includes one color paint, needle bearing headset and  braze-ons for medium reach Paul Racer M or Mafac brakes. Custom rack available for $250.

Silver brazed super light lugged steel road racer set up for center mount side pull brakes and 700 x 21-25c tires.

Price for frame & fork: $1,900. includes one color paint.

CORSA STRADA “Carbocciao”
The Corsa Strada with carbon tubes and filet brazed OS steel lugs with a steel fork and carbon rear triangle.

Price for frame & fork: $2,990. includes one color paint.

Silver brazed super light lugged steel track bike.

Price for frame & fork: $1,900. includes one color paint.

All frame/fork models include custom geometry and tube selection geared to rider fit and ride application.

For more info call Mike at: 305-444-7062

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Mike Terraferma has put a Terraferma show bike up on eBay.

True Temper OX Platinum tubing, and built up with absolutely mint, NOS Suntour Superbe Pro components and Mavic MA-40 clincher rims, paint by Gary Cole, lugs custom-cut from Hayden blanks by the late Les Ephgrave (the lugs are his Mod. #1 pattern), Henry James stainless steel dropouts, and a stainless Richard Sachs Newvex fork crown. This frameset was ridden and reviewed by Jan Heine in the Volume 5, No. 4 edition of Vintage Bicycle Quarterly. Since then, it has been ridden for less then 500ft, only to check brake and shifter adjustments of the new build.

Here is what Jan Heine in Bicycle Quarterly (volume 5, number 4) had to say in it’s review of the bike:

“The Terraferma planes beautifully. It was easy to get in sync with the bike.”

“My split times along the course were the fastest I have ever posted, yet it was not difficult to keep the bike moving at this speed.”

from Mark Vande Kamp’s comments in the same review:

“A rare event happened when I rode the Terraferma – I dropped Jan on a climb.”

“The Terraferma ‘planes’ as well as any bike I’ve ridden. Hard efforts are always hard, but a bike that responds so well somehow makes it easier to go to your maximum.”


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Mike Terraferma stopped by today with his latest creation. A stage race whip looking very 80’s Italian.

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