Phoenix - a mystical sacred firebird in ancient Eastern and Western mythologies. At the end of its life-cycle, the bird burns itself and, then, arises as a new entity from the ashes. It is, therefore, considered symbol of immortality and regeneration.
Phoenix was selected as a theme of the Rikulau frame design because of its immortal and invincible image.Rikulau frames are made from Reynolds 853 Chromoly steel, Reynolds 953 stainless steel or titanium.Therefore, Rikulau frames, just like Phoenix, survive the harshest riding conditions.
In this design, the wings of the bird flaps through the turbulence of the flame, and boost the bike forward to the sky.
Strengths: Hand built steel by the best in the industry. Classic look, beautiful welds, design is really a work of art, real good all-around road bike, and has stiff platform.
Weaknesses: Not aero enough for Time Trials.
Rikulau Phoenix 953 is truly a fun bike to have. Not only is it comfortable/resilient on those long rides and the worst of road, but it is also a very competitive bike, worthy for any podium finishes. I have placed many miles on my bike during training and racing, not only here in the States but also in Asia where Rikulau has found its place on the podium numerous times and the bike rides the same as when I 1st got it. It is also light and responsive weighing 2.8 LBS on a 52 cm. This 953 is able to tackle any mountains or hills that you might encounter in the roads and it is a very stable bike on the descents.