Introducing the Bowman Layhams, a modern classic. Classic being from a time where your clubman rider had a bike, not a race bike. He or she rode that bike to work, raced on it, toured on it – it was good for anything. Then the evolution of the race bike came, lighter, stiffer, aluminium, carbon and ultimately tighter tolerances and the [road] bike was no more, we grew to accept this and only riding race bikes with 23mm tyres because thats all we could fit. That evolution is coming full circle. Over the past five or so years we have seen an emergence of do-it-all road bikes, these have come in a few guises from gravel to adventure. The Layhams is neither those, it’s not niche it’s a bike. A road bike, the way it should be. Ride to work on it, race on it (ok maybe sportives) and tour on it (ok ok, light tour). You get the picture. The other thing is, it’s just a very nice bike. We spent an hour drooling over it!
Delivery on the frame sets will be autumn 2016 and priced at £1,400. Hand built in Houli County, Taiwan by some of the best craftsman anywhere. Made entirely from Triple butted Stainless Steel tube set, with full mechanical and Di2 compatible cable routing. Bowman favour external cabling for mechanical gearing for easy on-the-fly maintenance and lubrication, but when fitting Di2 or other electronic groupsets, they wanted clean lines, so developed the removable cable routing system that leaves no bosses in place when running a digital rather than analogue set-up. Without guards the Layhams can easily run 30mm plus tyres fit within the frame (and 28mm with guards), built to take long drop calipers and a 27.2 seat tube size for long distance comfort. The Layhams model is available in red or black.
The bike is named after Layhams Road, in London. For local cyclists it is a regular gateway to freedom from the capital, a fitting name for the bike that marries year round dependability with the prospect of two-wheeled adventures.