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
It's always a pleasure to receive emails from happy customers. As a small brand, and one that operates exclusively online, we appreciate that it can feel like a risk to buy without having had your hands on a frame yourself. As I often tell our prospective customers - we offer free returns on orders from the UK, but we hardly ever get them back. This morning I opened an email with a first ride report for an Airlight Stainless Steel Road Frame from John in Bristol, a true steel connoisseur: "Just a quick note to say I had a great ride on your Airlight today. It's awesome. "The ride? It's probably as comfy as my vintage steel, which is a 1971 Mercian 'Superlight', but I'd say the stiffness from the large diameter tubes is more like an alloy CX bike that I also have, which means it doesn't budge under pedalling load at all. "I completely free-wheeled the long descent into Tintern with my chin hanging over the front of the stem, overhauling several other riders on the way. So yes, it's a really grin-inducing descender too. I'll send over a couple of better photos after I've added some stickers. And the spills from my ride drink of choice, Ribena, don't show at all. "I'm flying down to Rio on my Airlight. You only live once you know."
One of the early Airlight fames all built up. Thanks to Jason Flynn from Forse Cycling for this photo and a some great feedback on the frame when it arrived and later on the ride quality: The frame arrived and I'm well chuffed, it's a beauty... Ahh mate it's brilliant, love the thing, thanks so much. Seems to feel better every time I ride it. We also received this snap from photographer Ben Rice of his Airlight build in the foothills of the Pyrenees as he approached the Tourmelet: If you haven't seen the Airlight Stainless Steel Bike Frame then take a look over in the store section of the website. This Airlight is built in a carpenter Custom 630 alloy (akin to Reynolds 931) in a classic style geometry with a short headtube and horizontal top tube - priced at £670.
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.
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
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 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.