Mark Gravel

The frame is built in full from stainless steel, primarily from Columbus in the form of their XCR tube set however we chose to use chainstays from KVA which they spec for 29er mountain bike use. This was simply to beef up the rear end of the bike so that it can shrug off any Scottish singletrack that might be thrown at it and do it all again the next day.

Mark was keen to use stainless steel for this build as whilst he takes good care of his bikes, he wanted peace of mind that he could use the bike come rain or shine and put it away knowing it would never rust. He can just pick it up and go wherever and whenever. So long as he has charged the battery that is, but such is life.

Inspired by the rich and vibrant colours of Nepal, carried forward by tradition and found everywhere from Monasteries to Markets, this paint design is a celebration of life and a reminder of the beauty of love and laughter.

It is in honour of Mark’s partner who tragically passed away a short while before we started this project.

Tom hand airbrushed the warm candy colours over a dark base coat for the front half of the bike, seamlessly blending the fork into the frame and stem with a gentle flowing wave of spectacular colour. Behind the seat tube Mark’s partner’s name is written in her native Nepali and is represented in gold leaf. We carried this through to the Saffron downtube logo. Finally the frame fades gently into a calm navy blue which brings balance to the overall and helps add emphasis to the fire at the front of the bike.

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