A few new builds to show of this spring: Finally got round to taking some pictures of my built 931. As you can tell, its inspired by the Trent Bicycle Works build you have on your website. The wheels are from Stayer Cycles , along with Ultegra R8000 and Zipp finishing kit. I love the way it rides and the way it looks. It's received much admiration from my riding friends. James Johnson digitalcadre.com We've also made it down under:
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 Adam for posting the latest photo of his Airlight build to Instagram, including the addition of some new carbon rims. Take a look at the Airlight Stainless Road Frame here - classic steel frame geometry in a modern lightweight super steel.
We've sent frames all over the world now, but this is the first to end up in Romania Thanks to Vlad for sending this photo of his bike and some great feedback on how it rides. "I've logged about 1000km since the build and it rides great. The fit is good and the frame feels firm, springy and quick in corners. The Reynolds steel frame it replaced was sluggish and it dampened the road too much, now I feel faster, the bike is also lighter and I'm more confident to push hard. I'm also planning to go on some more climbs next month and see how well it climbs and descends, it should be great."
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."
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
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.
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
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.