953 Stainless Steel Disc Equipped Gravel Road Bike.

This bike was built for the Design Museum in London's major exhibition – Cycle Revolution, and features in the bespoke frame builders’ workshop section of the exhibition, highlighting some of the leading frame builders working in the UK cycling industry today.  

With this build I had the chance to make my dream bike.  The bike, a fully stainless build made from Reynolds 953.  I wanted to celebrate the UK’s heritage of cycling, craft, manufacture and engineering, whilst giving it an understated contemporary style.  It is built from many bespoke British made materials and components including, Reynolds 953 tubing, Hope Tech hubs, Brooks C13 carbon saddle, Michaux Club handmade leather bar tape and Bentley Components bespoke art deco dropouts.

This Gravel Road bike is built with the British roads in mind.  It is designed to be a fast and sure over anything the journey throws up, and the strength and corrosion resistance of the 953 will last a lifetime, even in our inclement weather!

With metalwork being at the core of everything I do, I wanted to celebrate the raw materials used in this build; from the 953 tubes and custom stainless steel bridges and dropouts, to the solid silver hand cut detailing.  So much of it is left exposed, polished, and open to the elements.

Frame: - Di2 Disc Equipped Gravel Road Bike

Tubing: - Reynolds 953 Stainless Steel

Wheelset: - HPlus Son disc specific rims with Hope Pro Evo 2 Hubs

Forks: - Ritchey WCS Carbon Disc Fork

Groupset: - Dura Ace Di2

Finishing Kit: - Thompson bars, stem and seatpost, Michaux Club leather bartape, TRP Hy-Rd brakes

Paint: - Hand Spray paint by Hartley Cycles - midnight blue metalic with metalic yellow/orange/turquoise art deco details.

Details: - hand cut solid silver details around seat post and 953 badge.  Bespoke art deco dropouts by Bentley Components.

Image Credit: Sebastien Klein

All Hartley Cycles custom frame builds and bespoke bicycles are handmade in London with great care and attention by Frame builder Caren Hartley.