Peter was looking for a stripped back clean looking road bike.  He wanted something lightweight and stiff, that would be great for thrashing out the hilly miles in his favourite cycling destination – The Peak District.

To increase the stiffness we chose a 35mm down tube and Columbus XCR stainless steel stays, and added a little custom stainless steel teardrop profile chainstay bridge.  The groupset and components were selected to give the optimum performance, weight, and pared back style.  All finished off with a bold but simple paint design, a bit of hand polishing and the trade mark solid silver details.  It comes together to give a really clean contemporary feel, all weighing in at under 7.5kg!

Frame: - Bespoke steel and stainless steel road frame, with internally routed rear brake cable.  1 1/8 head tube

Tubing: - Columbus Spirit for Lugs and Zona main triangle with Columbus XCR stainless steel chainstays (mirror polished).

Wheelset: - 700c H Plus Son Archetype rims, Bitex hubs and Sapim Race Spokes.  Handbuilt by August Wheelworks

Forks: - Columbus Minimal 1 1/8 Carbon forks (custom painted)

Groupset and finishing kit: - SRAM Force22 Group, Thomson carbon road bars, Thomson Masterpiece seat post and stem, Fizik Arione saddle and Fizik bartape.

Paint: - Custom inhouse paint work in metallic cobalt blue with pale pink and blue detailing.  Name etc. all in paint, no decals.  Forks painted to match.

Details: - Solid silver details hand cut and brazed onto frame - inc. head badge and spear point hidden on rear of seat tube.

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.