Rahil is a writer and an expert in comms strategy, narratives, and behavioural psychology. This is the second bicycle we have made for Rahil. After he fell in love with riding his first build (a classic rim brake road bike) he approached us to build a frame with a little more versatility and tire clearance. He wanted a bike suitable for riding in the Alps but with the stability and comfort for some off-road adventures.

Rahil wanted a bike that would offer fast and responsive handling on the road, along with the capabilities and stability for off-road riding. We used Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing and KVA stainless steel S-bend chainstays, allowing for up to 40mm tire clearance. We internally routed dynamo cabling to accommodate the dynamo lights that Rahil had specified for this build. We spec’d the new 12-speed SRAM Force for this build, resulting in smooth shifting and excellent braking power—ideal for Rahil’s rides in the Alps.

He was after timeless paint job for this build. The frame was made from Columbus XCR stainless steel, so we decided to leave the chainstays exposed with a brushed metal finish. We matched this finish on the Saffron headbadge and Saffron downtube logo. Rahil chose a stealthy matt black finish for his frame, to offset the black he added a little pop of colour through the light green bar tape.

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