Andrew first came to us to commission two bikes with that had some functions that would cross over between the two. We (normally) believe it is best to build a bike for a specific purpose to maximize the efficiency of the type of riding without compromise. But in this case it felt that an all road tourer leaning towards long distance touring with the tyre clearance to tackle any gravel path would be best suited.
To give you an idea of the long distance Andrew had done in the past. Andrew had ridden a Giant Trance (full Sus) from Northen England to Portugal. We take our hats to him for completing this crazy trip.
We used a mix of Zona/Life and HSS Columbus tubes. Keeping the tubes a little skinny we were able to get a good level of comfort out of the ride. The head tube is slack to help the steering for when he is tired and under load at the end of a long days riding.
Andrew had just moved to he Lake District. so we decided to take the inspiration from Lake Windermere for the paint design. There are 3 blues which are from the colours of the lake and the lines are the ordnance survey map of lake.
The bikes first trip was straight from our workshop in London to Windermere.
“First of all, I love the bike! It feels so incredibly smooth and almost cliché but it feels like it grew out of me, it’s absolutely a great fit”
Shimano Ultegra R8070
Kinesis Tracer 1.5 Disc TA
Dt-Swiss & Easton
3T & Fizik