We all seem to have built new bikes recently, so we thought it’d be nice to show you the sort of thing we’ve been choosing for ourselves.
First up is Alex’s Sabbath AR-1 Disc. Sabbath are a small titanium bicycle company, based up in Macclesfield. We started stocking their frames last year, so it made sense for one of us to start riding one. Alex wanted a bike that was both fast and practical for wet weather riding, so full length guards were a must; SKS’s matt black bluemels are a super subtle choice. Ultegra 11 speed components along with Hope to Ryde Pulse rims make up the majority of the group. Brakes are TRP’s HY-RD, which are perfect for when you’re using regular cables, but need that bit of extra stopping power. Panaracer’s 28c Gravel King tyres keep the bike comfy and fast.
Next is Tom’s ultimate dad bike, built around Brother Cycles’ new Kepler Galactic frameset. Tom needed something to carry his 1 year old around on, so needed this bike to be super practical, but also comfy. He went for a 1×10 setup on it, with an XT rear mech, wide ratio cassette, and a Wolf Tooth wide narrow chainring, fitted to some rather tasty Middleburn cranks, to keep the chain from dropping at the front. TRP short arm V-brakes and NOS Tektro brake levers take care of the stopping power, while some nice swept back Fairdale bars keep things comfy. Hope hubs laced to H+ Archetype rims keep it rolling smoothly, and Panaracer’s Pasela tyres are the perfect partner.
Lastly is Will’s Kinesis Aitheir. He needed something to do his mammoth daily commute on, but didn’t want to ruin his posh bike, but still wanted to maintain a certain standard he’d gotten used to with his posh one! Step up Kinesis’s brand new Aitheir frameset, which is the lightest aluminium frameset they’ve made to date. The new 105 11 speed groupset, which we’re all in agreement is so much better than the 10 speed stuff, is a perfectly affordable option for this sort of bike. Fulcrum wheels and some choice carbon finishing bits keep it nice and light. And it is LIGHT!
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