The Fairlight Cycles Faran is a disc brake equipped frame designed around 42c tyres and uses a steel fork to take on some adventure touring. Reynolds 631 and reliable 4130 steel is used for the frame with similar shapes to the Strael. The fork uses tapered legs and offset forward facing dropouts for disc brake compatibility. Not only is the Faran designed to take large tyres it will accept the 650×47/50 road plus standard. The Faran is available in 10 sizes, 3 colours and 3 builds starting from £599.
Fairlight Cycles was created between Dom from Wold Cycles and Jon from Swift Cycles to build elegant, thoughtfully conceived bicycles, designed for real world riding. Their debut range currently consists of two steel bikes, the Strael and the Faran.
The Faran and the Strael were developed using Fairlight’s ‘proportional geometry’ concept. They are designed to account for differences in body proportions not just overall height. Fairlight offer all of their frame sizes in (R)egular and (T)all versions so that you can find your perfect fit.
Fairlight work in collaboration with Reynolds to create custom shaped and butted tubing to optimise the performance of the Faran frame. The tubes are made in Birmingham and then shipped to mainland Europe where each and every Faran frameset is hand built by craftsmen.
We have been riding the Faran Ultegra Hydro through winter and spring, taking in all sorts of bizarre weather and terrain. The Faran is a versatile bike that is designed to perform across a broad range of riding environments. We’ve used the Faran to commute, keep up the winter mileage and venture off the beaten track. It never felt like I was taking the Faran outside of its comfort zone, it performed just as well down gravel tracks/bridleways as it did on the road.
Both the Faran and the Strael benefit from the custom bi-oval tubes that start life as Renyolds 631, the only difference being that the Strael tubes then go through heat treatment and annealing processes to become Renyolds 853. This means that the Faran shares a similar ride quality on the road making it a fantastic winter trainer or fast commuter.
For touring and exploring the Faran has a full set of mudguard and rack mounts with a hole in the fork crown for a dynamo or a randonneur rack. It will run up to 35c tyres with full-length mudguards. Fairlight have opted for external cable routing by default but the frame also includes DI2 holes on the downtube, seat tube and chainstay. They have also decided to stick to QR’s over a thru axle system to keep the Faran as versatile as possible. All of these decisions have been made to keep the Faran as touring friendly as possible. For ease of access, maintenance or to replace parts entirely, all these factors just add to the Faran’s versatility.
The Fairlight Cycles Faran is a versatile touring bike with a road pedigree. With a price as modest as the bike itself. You can buy the Faran frameset for £599 and the Ultegra Hydro for £1,899.To find out more about Fairlight Cycles and the Faran, visit the website at www.fairlightcycles.com