The New Black Edition Brompton just got launched. Brompton are probably the best known folding bike company on the planet and are quintessentially British. The New Black Edition shrugs off the quintessential British look in favour of a more urban looking bike. The full matt black version has our attention. The differences on the black editions are, apart from the paint schemes, parts finished in black, which surprisingly Brompton have not done before. The video produced by oldie.co to promote the new bikes is very nice too, with music from Lukid. For full details on the New Black Edition Brompton.
Matt McDonough has been building frames for the last 5 years and founded Talbot Frameworks in 2012. Based in Crystal Palace, London Matt has a family history of building bikes going bike to 1940. Matt builds custom road, mountain bike and touring framesets in Reynolds and Columbus tubesets, with carbon integrated seatposts, disc brakes and Di2.
This is Phil’s ISP Trollstigen, with custom Talbot Wheelworks carbon disc clinchers, Dura ace Di2, ISP topper, and Fizik finishing kit. The frame is built with a mix of Columbus spirit mega max, Reynolds 853, and PMW tubing and finished with a stainless steel headbadge.
We don’t know Phil, but he’s now got one very nice bike. Visit their website to see some of Matt’s other builds.
Tillie Anderson is most definitely a THSP Hero. It isn’t often that one can say a professional cyclist won all but seven of the 130 races they competed in. But that certainly is something we can remark about Tillie Anderson. Anderson held ever record attempted and was ranked by the League of American Wheelman as the top female cyclist in the world. A title she was given for five consecutive years.
A tactician on the boards, she knew how to read a race and her opponents. Anderson enjoyed a successful career till her career came to a abrupt stop in the year 1902. She, along with all other women cyclist, were barred from racing. The sport being deemed too dangerous for women after another racer was killed during a non-racing cycling event.
Many thanks to Ray at On the Back Foot. Check out his awesome Instagram feed of cycling heroes which is really worth following. instagram.com/onthebackfoot/
Hunt Bike Wheels, started by Tom Marchment is launching it’s first wheelset. Built for all season riding the tubeless ready road disc wheelset starts at £349. While working with Dom from Mason Cycles they realised there was a need for a full 4 season disc wheelset that could stand up to the abuse of riding all year and better than what is currently available.
The rims are 27mm deep and 23mm wide, a nice semi-aero setup. Hubs are centre-lock disc mount, fit 12-15mm axles and have plenty of features that ensure they are strong, durable and light. The Hunt X Mason wheelset weighs 1585g. This is the first model in the range and the full launch range will cost between £200 – £450 with weights around at 1395 to 1650 grams. Here’s the full spec.
Jason Rourke sent us over some photos of World Track Pursuit champion Laura Trott’s custom painted Dolan track bike which was designed by Milltag and painted by Jason. It looks great sporting the Matrix Pro Cycling colours. Best of luck to Laura who will be riding it in the Revolution Track series.
Rich Mitch, famous for his illustrations and working with Rouleur, Team Sky, Howies and more, plus he created the infamous EDDY and CAV vinyl toys has created a hand drawn wallpaper for Drops.cc. It was launched at the London Bike Show where a blank wallpaper was coloured in by pro riders, famous faces from the world of cycling and those who can keep their colouring within the lines. You can buy the Drops and Rich Mitch wallpaper by the roll and it’s now on pre-order over at Drops. Fantastic idea.
Search and State (SAS) rain jacket has had an update. We very much admire SAS as they started their journey about the same time we started The Headset Press. We featured them early on and things have just grown for them since (they would have regardless of our feature) today we see them creating better and better products. Which given how good they set the bar on the first releases that is no mean feat. Without further ado here is the low down from SAS on the the S1-J jacket;
There’s really no other way to say it, the S1-J is arguably the best cycling jacket ever made. We’re normally a bit reluctant to proclaim something like that, but our customers keep saying it and so does the media, so we’re just going to own it. To be honest, the S1-J has always been the lightest, toughest, all-weather jacket we’d ever seen. A refined fit, shocking breathability, total protection from the elements, and rugged components make the S1-J Riding Jacket the pride of our collection and a game-changing garment.
Constructed entirely of Schoeller C-Change Fabric, which features a bionic climate membrane. The fabric is highly waterproof and breathable by reacting to changing temperatures and activities. When exposed to heat and moisture the membrane opens for extreme breathability. Conversely, when exposed to cold the membrane constricts for maximum wind protection and insulation.
We exclusively use Riri zippers on all our garments and the S1-J features a military-grade injection-molded aquazip that is one of the lightest and most durable zippers available today.
Cut close to the body, comfortable on training rides, sleek enough for race day, and versatile enough to wear off the bike.
For full details and pricing on the Search and State Rain Jacket.
This Bespoke Cycling in London have a custom painted Parlee Spitfire ESX. Dripping in high end ENVE and Dura Ace components the ESX is designed to go fast, it slips through the air as quick as you can push it. I’ve got a feeling the Spitfire paintwork on this version makes it the fastest ESX produced. The shark mouth, roundels and camo look brilliant, the Parlee Spitfire bites. Take a look at the Bespoke Cycling website, it’s one of those bike shops that you go into and within 30 seconds you need about 4 new bikes. Enjoy the big gallery below. Thanks to Bobby Whittaker from Bespoke for the photos.
Every rider starts somewhere. One lucky little cyclist has a beauty of a build from Kumo Cycles. Take a look at the fully integrated bar and stem. What a bike. What a way to learn to ride. See more from Keith at Kumo Cycles.
Really like this new build by Mark from Weaver Cycle Works. The frame is made from a mix of True Temper OX platinum and Columbus Life and the bike is finished with SRAM Rival drivetrain, Thomson cockpit, Hope hubs laced to Stans crest and BB7 road S brakes. This is the type of All Road bike everyone needs in their collection. Looking forward to seeing more from Weaver Cycle Works.