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This year’s Cycle Show was extra special for Digi Foo-Kune. She was taken to the show by her husband and, to her surprise, she was presented with a custom-built titanium bike, personalised with inset diamonds and 18ct gold parts and trim. Foo-Kune Elle, you could say.
Digi’s trin-mad husband Lee had promised her an Enigma frame after her bike was stolen but he then secretly commissioned award-winning jeweller Nicholas James of Hatton Garden to customise the bike to create a unique wedding anniversary gift.
After months of labour the British bike bling was unveiled on Enigma’s stand to the unsuspecting Foo-Kune: “Nicholas James is my favourite jeweller; I love their contemporary style and attention to detail, so this really is the perfect present. I’m a very keen cyclist and ride daily. I’d just come to find some parts for the frame so this is amazing. The finish is perfection; it’s truly a work of art but one that I can take out on to the open road.”
However, Foo-Kune will have to wait a little longer before getting in the saddle as the bike will be on display at Nicholas James’ showroom in Hatton Garden until the end of December. Bugger.
More pix here.
Enigma ‘Elle’ frame 50cm with mirror polished logos
2 x Collection quality diamonds (D flawless) in the top tube
3 x 18ct gold badges by Nicholas James
18ct gold plated Campagnolo Centaur carbon Group Set
700c hand built wheels: Ambrosio hubs, Mavic Open Pro Rims
& 32 x 18ct gold plated spokes per wheel
Continental GP 4000 gold tyres
Carbon fibre seat post
‘Elle’ ladies handle bars by ITH
San Marco Ladies Saddle
Easton Carbon Fibre forks