We just had the pleasure of building this lovely bike for one of our customers. It’s been a while in the making, as the brief was to make a bike that can do anything, and last a lifetime, so all the finite details were milled over in some detail between us and our customer. The choice to build the bike around a handmade frame constructed from tasty Reynolds 953 tubing seemed sensible for comfort and longevity, with the rest of the parts being chosen for their build quality and functionality. Although it’s been built as a ‘fast tourer’, the frame has the necessary features to be run as a single speed or with a Rohloff rear hub (due to sliding rear dropouts), and even as a belt drive (drive side seat stay has a break in it to allow fitting of a belt).
953 tubing is stainless, and can be left totally untreated and unpainted to show off the lovely finish. We decided to paint the rear stays and headtube to give a nice contrast.
A Shimano Ultegra 10 speed groupset sorts out the gearing, and you can just see the custom Maurice Woodrup headbadge and Chris King headset. Lovely.
Schmidt Son Delux hub dynamo takes care of powering the matching front light and Busch and Muller rear light. Very neat, and the finish completely complements the swanky Royce hub at the back. Laced to Ambrosio Excellence rims for extra shine and a touch of class.
Finally some mechanical disc brakes that work well with drop levers; the TRP Spyre SLC brakes are the only ones we’ve come across which work like a 2 pot hydraulic brake, meaning that both pads move toward to rotor when operated, unlike most other mechanical disc brakes which have one stationary pad. A carbon actuation arm keeps function positive, while saving a few grams.
A titanium Tubus rear pannier rack seemed the only sensible option for this bike.
One of the new Brooks Cambium saddles finishes off the bike nicely. Adorned on top of a Thomson seatpost to match the stem, it looks great with a Brooks saddle bag attached too.