Here's a few quick snaps of Rhod's new Reynolds 953 frame built up with a Campag Record Group. The Fizik Cryano R1 stem and seatpost look particularly sleek alongside the deep section Mavic Cosmic Carbone rims. Exceptional work Rhod. Thank you very much for the photos. Build list: 953 Reynolds Frame ENVE 2.0 Road Forks Campag Record Groupset Mavic Cosmic Carbone Wheels Fizik Cryano R1 Finishing Kit
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?
One of our first 953 frames was sent across the Atlantic to Seattle. Here she is all built up with a fantastic spec: Campy Record Campy Shamal Millie wheels Chris King headset Thompson seat post collar Lizard Skins tape Enve fork, seatpost and bars. What a beauty. A big thank you to Mark for the photos. I'd love to get this one on the scales as with the quality of the finishing kit it could be sub-7kg! "I want to thank you very much. I received the frame today, and it is perfect. I will be sending you progress pictures over the next few months until the bike is all built up. Definitely in love with this frame." -- Mark, Seattle.
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.
Welcome to the new GOSFORTH.CC webstore. We now have a selection of Reynolds 931 & Reynolds 953 stock road bike frames available for purchase online. We also have components including titanium seatposts, titanium stems, some beautiful and hard to find titanium road forks, and a short run of an exceptional Ti-3Al-2.5V fixed wheel framesets. They are sure to go fast. While GOSFORTH.CC is a new venture, you won't be surprised to hear that all our products are meticulously welded by hand in Taiwan by a factory that supplies the very same standard of goods to brands much more famous than our own. We hope you like them. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter for updates.