Another beauty of a Reynolds 931 stainless steel build to add to the gallery. Big thank you to Tim for taking the time to send over these photos and posting some great feedback on Bike Radar. Build list: Groupset: Campagnolo Chorus 2015 Chain: KMC X11-SL Fork: Enve 2.0 Frame: Gosforth 931 Handlebar: 3T Ergonova Team Stealth Tape: Lizard Skins DSP 1.8 Headset: Tune Bobo Pedals: Shimano 6800 Saddle: Fizik Arione R1 Seatpost: 3t Stylus Team Stealth Seatpost collar: JL Titanium Clamp Stem: 3T Arx Pro -17deg, 120mm Tires: Vittoria G+ Corsa 25mm Wheelset: Farsports Carbon Clincher 38mm x 25mm / White Industries T11 Bottlecages: King Stainless Total weight 7.9kg
Thanks to Ake for sending in his 931 build: Cranks: Sram Red GXP Bottom Bracket: Ultimate Ceramic GXP/BSA Chainring: Sram Force 1/11 50T Casette: Sram PG1070 -11 speed-11-26 Chain: Sram XX1 Pedals: Speedplay Right Rear Shifter: Sram Force 22 /11 Left Brake Lever: Sram Force 1 Brakes: Sram Force 22 /11 Rear Derailleur: Sram Rival1 Cables: Yokozuna Reaction Cables Headset : Chris King NoThreadset 1 1/8 Fork: 3T Funda Pro Stem: 3T Arx Pro Bar: 3T Ergosum Pro Bartape: Fizik Superleigt Soft Touch Grey Wheels: DT Swiss RR 440 Hub DT Swiss 240s Tires: Panaracer Gravel King 700 x 26 Seatpost: Canyon VCLC Saddle: Fizik Kurve Chameleon Bottle cages: RSP Titaneum GPS holder: Fetah (for Garmin) All over weight 7.8 kg
Trent Bicycle Works is small workshop, based in Newark, which draws on 20 years of bicycle building experience to deliver bespoke bicycles in every detail, from bar tape to tyres and everything in-between. Adam, who runs the workshop over there, got in touch about a complete stainless build he wanted to put together for a customer of his. We think the end result is a thing of beauty. "James was really happy - like a kid at Christmas! He's an architect by trade so really has an eye for detail. He absolutely loved the subtlety of the build. I was really impressed with the frame and forks and as a build together they look awesome, really glad James went with this option." - Adam Round, Trent Bicycle Works If you are in Nottinghamshire or Newark area and are looking for some help in putting your dream bike together then Trent Bicycle Works is the place to go. Build list: Gosforth 931 Reynolds Frame Gosforth Stainless Steel Road Forks 105 Groupset H Plus Son rims, Hope bearings hand built by Trent Bicycle Works. Zipp Finishing Kit +++ UPDATE +++ This bike has been stolen. If you see this bike for sale or are offered the chance to buy it, please report it to the police. Crime Reference Number: 3816095/16 on 6/6/2016.
Mike in New Jersey sent over a couple of photos of his Stainless 931 build. The frame was originally rescued with a gloss black paint job, after some over-eager work in the sandblast cabinet. "Rode it today.. it's as i imagined it, with the wheelset and crankset .. it rides just as i wanted it. Got it built to a hair over 15lbs with full SRAM Ergo Red with Rotor 155mm and US edition Q Rings crankset. I slapped on an 80mm 17 degrees stem, Ritchey WCS.. which i can get away with for being small :-) Thomson Carbon handlebar and Thomson Masterpiece seat post, with Fizik Snake Kurve Saddle. Fulcrum 1's complete the bike with Tufo tubular clinchers. 15 lbs (6.8kg) includes the pedals, water cages and the spare tubular.. as you see the bike on the pic attached. Thanks again!" This is a bike for life for Mike - I'm sure it will give him many, many years of pleasure. Thank you for the photos. See more of the GOSFORTH 931 here.
Mike in New Jersey was searching for a classic stainless steel road bike frame when he happened upon our website. As an experienced cyclist, he knew the geometry of our 931 would suit him perfectly, however his ideal size was out of stock - luckily he contacted us anyway to to see what we could do. From the tone of his emails it appeared Mike had fallen in love, so we devised a plan to breathe new life into a stainless 931 that had been removed from our stock list and happened to be the correct fit. The frame was in perfect condition apart from some over-eager etching with the sandblaster along the top tube, which was neatly covered with a blocky gloss-black paint job. Mike's frame is currently over the Atlantic (remember it's free International delivery) where he is ready to build it up over winter. We're very much looking forward to seeing the finished bike when it's complete.
York cyclist Chris Gargett is British Cycling qualified, a SkyRide Leader and a cycling writer - it's fair to say he knows a thing or two about bikes. This is his new Reynolds 931 frame built up with an Ultegra group and Fizik & Thompson finishing kit. Chris also keeps the minimal aesthetic with a Planet X carbon fork in matt black with no logos (for just £99.00). There's an obligatory Chris King headset too. "Rides like a dream. Just on about 8kg I think... light enough anyway! Geometry is tall enough to ride a quick 50-75 miler without any discomfort and low enough to get into a decent TT position, which pretty much covers my riding needs. Don't think I'll need to buy another frame ever again." Build details are: 931 Reynolds Frame Planet X Pro Carbon Fork Shimano Ultegra Groupset Fizik Antares Saddle Fizik Cyrano Bars Chris King Headset Thomson Stem and Seatpost Swiss Side Gotthard Wheelset Chris was an absolute gent while waiting for his pre-ordered frame to arrive, so a big thank you for that and also for the build photos. If I'm ever in York on a weekend morning I will look you up for a quick blast into the Howardian Hills.
A quick post show the latest customer build. This is Matt's 931 Stainless Road Bike, which was put together for under £1000. Matt built the Gosforth 931 stainless road frame up with a Columbus Minimal carbon road fork. With the exceptions of some new cables and bar tape, all the other parts were reclaimed from an old Specialised Allez. The finished article look fantastic - a simple, minimal build that proves you don't need to break the bank to ride a top-notch stainless steel road bike. Big thanks to Matt for the photo. "Finished the build, got my steering tube cut to size and loving my new bike! Been out a couple of times on it and it is a massive improvement on my Specialized (not to mention looks exponentially better...). Feels like quite a stiff ride so far - looking forward to getting out and about on it more!"
One of the most common questions we're asked is which carbon forks are compatible with our steel frames. The short answer is for our Reynolds 931 and Reynolds 953 frames you can can use ANY fork with a straight 1-1/8" steerer. You will also need a 1-1/8" external headset. Some carbon forks are labelled as specifically for an external (or non-intergrated) headset, such as a the Columbus Minimal below. However, the only thing that makes these forks different is the styling around the crown, where they are likely to have a rounder shoulder, compared to other designs. Just to repeat, ANY fork with a straight 1-1/8" steerer will be compatible. Here's the Columbus Minimal on one of our prototype builds. These forks get consistently good reviews and are available from a number of online bike stores for about £170. Planet-X are well known for really good kit at great prices. Their Pro Carbon Road Forks come in a 1-1/8" option and will do a great job at under 400 grams and £100. They are available in a number of colours including white, black and pink. Another option is the Ritchey Comp - a nice looking fork in one-piece monocoque high-modulus carbon construction. Available from about £150. Finally, our favourite - the Enve 2.0. We're big fans of the Enve range - take a look at Mark's Stainless in Seattle build, which features a full Enve finishing kit of forks, seat post, stem and bars. Enve 2.0 forks are around £350, but a top quality product and well worth the investment. There are plenty of options out there. You'll also find carbon forks for our steel bikes from 3T, Deda, Kenesis and Easton. Please feel free to get in touch if you need any advice. Why don't you use internal headsets? We decided to to use the 1-1/8" external headset size for a number of reasons. Most importantly, there are a huge number of internal, semi-integrated, tapered and other variations on the humble headset now. The bike industry has a nasty habit of throwing out dozens of new specs, only to make them obsolete a few years down the line. Do you really think you'll be able to find replacement headsets for all those standards? That means if we'd happen to buy into the latest and greatest spec that no one supports in five years then a worn-out headset or cracked fork could mean your frame becomes a paperweight. That's not what we're about. We want to make heirloom worthy frames to last a lifetime - component specification is part of that. The 1-1/8" size is so well established headsets in this size will always be available. The move to tapered steerer tubes with 1.5" or larger diameter is also puzzling. I'm sure you've heard this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but seriously - when is the last time any of us had any problems with an "undersize" 1-1/8" head tube? Also, have you noticed that the bike industry recently "improved" the bottom bracket area by moving the cups outside the BB shell (essentially, adopting the same design as a 1-1/8" external headset)? How can moving some bearings into one tube, and moving other bearings out of a tube both lead to a great improvement?
I've had a few requests this week for some basic full frame photos of the items we have left in stock. So, here you go. Our Reynolds 931 and Reynolds 953 frames in bare, shiny, stainless steel.
Rikulau Bicycles is a Taiwanese company with a range of beautiful road and mountain bikes, usually made from Reynolds steel, though they produce some Columbus frames and titanium frames too. Rikulau is the name given to the clouded leopard by the Rukai people - a native Taiwanese tribe. Legend has it that a group of Rukai ancestors followed the footprints of a Rikulai to find a land for their children, settling at the foothills of Da-Wu mountain where the rikulau stopped. While Rikalua are not well known in the UK, back in Asia they receive glowing reviews and have a fantastic reputation for producing high quality steel and titanium framesets with smooth welds and distinctive bead blasting. Rikulau was one of the first brands in the world to embrace Reynolds 953, a material notoriously difficult for frame builder to work with, making them leaders in harnessing the unique properties of the material to build stiff, fast road machines.