The requirements

If you've ever toured around the UK on a bike then you've probably used parts of the National Cycle Network. NCN roads often provide quiet routes across spectacular scenery.

However, they do have a habit of also running you along tarmac roads that degenerate into cart-tracks, bridleways, sand & gravel drags and even the odd ploughed field or two. With some pretty steep slopes thrown in for good measure.

This bike is designed to take all of that in its stride.

Details

A Columbus fillet brazed frame with a Whisky No7 CX fork. Paragon Low Mount disc dropouts keep the rear brake tucked away. They are eyeleted for mudguards and a rack.

TRP Spyres are matched to Shimano Ultegra running a wide ratio cassette. Hope headsets and hubs give excellent long-term reliability, plus sheep get plenty of warning when you freewheel downhill.

The cables are routed externally with full housing. This keeps the dirt out, and enables a simple swap to hydraulic brakes in future.

 

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