The bike we built for Luke was always going to have speed and stability at its core. He wanted something to do audaxes and long-distance road rides on, so we built the frame for comfort over those demanding endurance adventures.
The frame is built with Reynolds 853 tubing, while on the rear stays we used brushed Columbus XCR to create that amazing contrast with the grey paint – mirrored at the front end by our stainless steel head badge.
The blue bricks painted on the inside of the forks are inspired by the ones on Luke’s house, and within that are a couple of little details paying tribute to his two children. We custom-made the bi-lam seat cluster so it could feature a little bit of the blue paint too, and we also hand painted the mudguards and titanium bottle cages to keep the theme going.
We got to use some of our favourite componentry for this build, with a Chris King headset and Fizik bars combining for an awesome cockpit setup, while the wheels use Chris King hubs, plus Sapim CX Ray spokes and Pacenti SL25 rims – for a smooth fast-rolling ride that’ll easily cope with any rough stuff Luke encounters out on his long-range forays into the wild. The Brooks C13 saddle is their first ever carbon fibre model, so its lightweight, but still offers plenty of the comfort they’re known for. The ENVE GRD fork is built with an integrated mudguard, teamed with Ultegra Di2 disc brakes to offer great control on twisting descents and gravel tracks.
We presented Luke with his bike at our Owners Ride earlier in the month and he loved it from the very start, throwing his leg over the top tube and completing the 60-mile route with no bother. We’re not sure there’s a better way to ‘meet’ your custom bike for the first time. Of course, our Owners Ride pales in comparison to the bike’s first major test, which will be later this year when Luke is tackling a 1,200km audax ride in the Highlands of Scotland. We wish him luck!