October 21.14 – Cycle Challenge Canada

A few months back we posted Ollie’s gravel tourer, that we had built him for his attempt of the world record circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.

Well, we are pleased to say that he got the record!

It was a distance of 1436 miles on a combination of road and logging tracks and trails, with 151,763ft of climbing in 15 days. If you are interested to read more, there is loads of info and pictures on the Cycle Challenge Canada Facebook page.

For the trip we built Ollie a disc equipped, thru axle’d 853 gravel tourer, featuring a totem paint design inspired by the Pacific Northwest. The bike performed flawlessly, rolling with speed and comfort and eating up the roughest of the logging roads. On asking how the ride itself was Ollie had this to say:

“It was certainly even harder than I expected, and that’s saying a lot! Not only did I get lost a few times in the pouring rain at the same time as having popped tyres and bears in the vicinity, the weather also swung right the way to the other extreme.”

The challenges that the road throws at you are often unexpected and sometimes even defeating, but its that potential of what lies out in front of you around that next corner, that however difficult that ride was today, you can’t help but get straight back on it and see just what else it has to offer tomorrow…



August 05.14 – Chris’s XCR Road Bike

This beautifully elegant Columbus XCR frame finished in a deep pearl white with a “slit of the skirt” revealing that sexy fillet brazed stainless underneath.

We went with a 44mm head tube and oversized tubes to keep the bike nice and stiff for its size and finished it with a full set of stainless badges. With a no holds barred built kit of ENVE, Chris King and Dura Ace this is a really special road bike.

Geometry wise, its fast and comfortable, short rear end coupled with a 27.2 post, nippy out of the saddle but a bit of give when you’re in it.

This bike will serve Chris for many years. If you ride out Suffolk way you may see him fly past some time, you’ll know from the flash of that pearl and stainless in the sun….

Higher resolution pics in the gallery.


July 14.14 – Yorkshire Continental

We were recently up in Yorkshire for the latest Rapha Continental ride. Amazing riding, lots of climbing and some incredible scenery. I won’t say too much as you can read more through Tom Southams words here and watch the film here, both of which give you a great view of what the Continental rides are all about.

The film features two of the Donhou Continental builds. The bike is designed for long all day riding and combines comfort and speed in a perfect mix, to create a bike that you just want to keep going further and further on. Get in contact if you would like to commission a similar build.


May 12.14 – Ollie’s Gravel Tourer

Ollie called me one morning saying he needed a bike for an adventure… He was planning to circumnavigate Vancouver Island by road and gravel track and as soon as I heard the words “Vancouver Island” I was really keen to build this bike.

My own experience of Vancouver Island is one of coming face to face with a Cougar and that’s something that stays with you. Now you see, cougars attack from above and behind, so we included a Totem paint scheme with eyes in the back and sides to protect him from those big cats! Thanks to Gus Farnes for working up the amazing illustration.

The bike sports thru axles keeping everything nice and stiff whilst loaded, cable routing suitable for the potentially muddy conditions and discs to give him plenty of comfortable stopping power in all conditions whilst loaded. The bike is built for purpose, but there has also been consideration for its life after the trip where it will see cross and touring duties.

Go to the gallery for more pics and you can learn more about Ollie’s trip here where you can also donate to help him reach his target for the Big C Appeal.


April 28.14 – Phaedra’s Award Winning Town Bike

You may have seen this build at the recent Bespoked UKHB show, where we were very pleased for it to pick up the ‘Best Utility’ award as it was built for none other than my ever patient and loving girlfriend Phaedra!

It’s a classic 3 speed town bike but with the Donhou twist. Underneath its clean and elegant looks lies a lightweight bike with road tuned geometry. Its fun to ride, quick, will let you weave through the traffic and subtle though it is, will no doubt pick up some admirers along the way.

We went with a modest build kit featuring BB5 discs, Gates CenterTrack belt system, SRAM 3 speed hub, VO finishing parts and a custom Donhou bar/stem with integrated bell mount (including a locking top cap so they can’t be stolen). All of which adds up to a bike that rides great, performs in all weather and requires minimal maintenance.

We then finished it all off in Phaedra’s favourite colour, mint green and included her much loved Golden Retriever, Rallou. Rallou lives back home in Athens, but now Phaedra can find her tucked down on her front mudguard too!

Thanks to George Marshall for the photos, more pics in the gallery.



April 14.14 – Bespoked UKHB Show Winner Best Utility

Another amazing show thanks to Phil and Tessa of Bespoked. If you didn’t get a chance to come down, you missed out, there was a lot of incredible bikes on display.

It was a great show for us as we bagged the Best Utility award! There will be more info on this award winning bike as soon as we’ve had time to get it in the photo studio…

Thanks to everyone that came down and showed their support, look forward to seeing you all at the next one!


April 13.14 – Donhou Bidons

The new Donhou Bidons now in-store.

These discreet black on black bottles look great and will compliment any bike. They have been my favourite bottle to use for a while now, with simple understated looks, a wide easy fill top and soft mouth piece, these look and feel right.

Check out the shop here.


March 9.14 – In the booth…

We have had some nice paint jobs go through the booth recently, including Stuart’s XCR road frame. Stuart’s hero is Bernard Hinault and in a tribute to that era he wanted to have the Mondrian pattern featured on his frame and the dates of Hinault’s tour wins.

The Mondrian design is laid over a course white pearl which makes it really pop. A lot of time was spent working up the pattern and getting the proportions right and it shows, this one really came out stunning!


February 24.14 – Chris’s Road Bike

What started out as a “winter bike” very quickly turned into a “best” all year bike when Chris decided to let go and indulge himself in the process of having a custom bike made. He’s since stated that the process of having a custom build is “some of the most bike related fun I’ve had”!

The frame is made using Reynolds 853 Pro Team tubing and is coupled to an ENVE 2.0 fork via the 44mm head tube and Chris King Inset headset. This combination works to keep the front end nice and direct. Shimano Ultegra group set and Zipp components make up the rest of the bike. Then to finish the bike off we went for a deep grey with a blue pearl fade on the front end, subtly fading from deep to neon blue. This bike really lights up always needs second look.

As for the ride, Chris tests bikes for a living and in his words: “It rides exactly how I was expecting. Forgiving but agile, light but stable. It’s everything a steel bike should be, but so much more too”.

If you want to know more about this bike and the process of having a bike built you can read about it in the April issue of Cycling Active.

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