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Erik Spiekermann

Introducing Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann is a typographer and type designer passionate cyclist and bike collector. He lives and works in Berlin London and San Francisco. He’s developed countless well-known fonts as well as helping create corporate design programs for world-renowned companies. And now his latest project is here: the Ultimate CF SLX 8 LTD.
Erik Spiekermann

Graphic design & the Ultimate

“In cycling the right measurements determine how good a bike feels and rides. And just like in bike design graphic design involves measurements too. They’re all connected. If I change one parameter I have to rethink all the other ones. Expressing the language of graphical design in the Ultimate’s artwork worked so well thanks to the frame’s clean pared-back lines.”
Erik Spiekermann

Unveiling the invisible

“Unlike today we used to create sketches on paper with all the graphical elements and their measurements written down on them. Corrections were given in red measurements in light blue – one reason being that this colour would not show up on reproductions using photographic film. In a way the light blue writing was a secret language for graphic designers and the other specialists involved in print production.”
Erik Spiekermann

“This secret language fascinates me. Subtle. Yet essential. A secret code only understood by a select few. To the uninitiated eye all that remains is a delicate and unobtrusive pattern that seems vaguely technical. Nothing too showy – it’s enough if those who are in the know can tell what it means.”

Erik Spiekermann

A 50-model limited run

Only 50 Erik Spiekermann-edition Ultimate CF SLX 8 bikes will ever be made. Every single model is a testament to the iconic aesthetic and artistry of the creator.
With the precise shifting performance of its SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset and lightweight Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels the Ultimate LTD is no mere display piece – this bike is ready to race.
Erik Spiekermann
Erik Spiekermann
Erik Spiekermann
Erik Spiekermann
Erik Spiekermann

Ultimate CF SLX 8 LTD:
Erik Spiekermann Edition



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