Neil’s stainless steel road disc bike was a 50th birthday present to himself.  It was great to get a rider who is local to the workshop to come down and discuss a new build. Woolwich/Greenwich used to be his stomping ground, it was almost the like the good old days where you would go and get your race bike built by the frame builder in your area.  

This really had to be a bike of a special make up. It had to stand up to the gritty, wet, salty English winter riding conditions. Though it was mentioned when he received the bike that it was too nice to take out in the winter months. Though we hope it is the bike he chooses first, regardless of the conditions (he has a few).

Neil lives in Kent, which has some short but sharp climbs – we opted for disc brakes for peace of mind on the decent. The tubeset we used throughout the build was Columbus XCR. We used a T47 BB from Rideworks, because it has an internal sleeve which is broken into 3 parts, allowing the hydraulic hose to run uninterrupted through the BB shell . The Di2 helped with keeping everything clean and tidy, along with the pinch bolt, which is machined into the seat stays for an integrated seatpost clamp.

Even Though the frame is stainless steel Neil did not feel the need to show this off – he only left the chain stays exposed (for protection against the chain). The brief for the paint design was to use the sky blue from Manchester City, which is his football club.

Neil was a very pleasant chap to work with on this project

And this is an elegant looking build, which is just the way we like it.

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