January 15.14 – Nicks Disc Road

Here’s Nicks disc equipped road bike, the first Donhou to take up permanent residence in Singapore. This is a comfortable all day road machine that will glide and cruise giving plenty of confidence in all conditions, but still has plenty of snap in it for when you want to let the reigns out a little.

That confidence is added to by the use of discs allowing comfortable and predictable power in all conditions. In this case we’ve ran with the TRP Hydro cable operated hydraulic discs. The rest of build kit includes ENVE forks, Chris King R45 disc hubs and headset, H+ rims, Athena groupset and Thomson stem and post.

The frame is built from a combination of 853 and 953 and is finished in a stunning electric blue pearl with dark blue, gold and white highlights – Nicks regimental colours. This bike will smooth out those South East Asian miles and see service for many years to come… Happy riding Nick.

Thanks to George Marshall for the photos. More pics in the gallery.

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November 29.13 – T’s back in stock!

We’ve been low on most designs of T-shirts for a while now but all Donhou design T’s are back in stock, go to the shop to grab yours now!

 

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November 17.13 – Robbs Gravel Grinder

Robb needed a bike that would go everywhere and deal with all his cycling needs. It was to be his commuter, his tourer, his bridle way bike, all that and still be his Sunday best too.

We went with a 853 front end and 931 rear, polished the stays and custom Donhou rear disc post mount and led the frame out with a Wound Up fork. Full Sram Red Wifli group set gives a nice wide spread of gears for when the going gets a little tougher and BB7 SL’s giving great predictable all weather loaded and unloaded braking. Other components include Hope, Thomson and Brooks and the frame is finished with a subtle “have to look twice” fade in the paint from deep red through to a dark plum across the frame.

Lots of tire clearance for those wide Jack Browns and mudguards when Robb wants to fit them, this bike is ready to tackle whatever Robb wants to through at it.

More pics in the gallery and thanks to George Marshall for the photos.

 

 

 

 

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October 21.13 – Jon’s All Day Road Bike

Jon wanted a comfortable all day road bike, something he could roll quickly and smoothly through the miles on and here it is…

Built from Reynolds 853, including a steel fork and finished with 3T, Thomson and SRAM Force components and rolling on Royce hubs and H+Son rims this is a really solid build. Jon suffers from a neck injury so this needed to be taken into account when drawing up the geometry, having spoke with Jon since collecting his bike and getting some miles in earlier in the year I know he’s very happy with it.

The most striking feature on the build is the paint. Having sat down in the bar round the corner to discuss the build, we got onto paint and Jon threw down a handful of Dulux colour cards with purples, blues, lime greens and greys all on there… We spoke simple lines and a fade job I’d done on one of the bikes I displayed at Bespoked earlier in the year. This is what came of the discussion, the black hole space fade… Im scared to touch the top tube for fear of losing my hand in it!

Pics by George Marshall. Check the gallery for higher res versions…

 

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October 03.13 – Donhou and Paul Smith for the Bicycle Film Festival

Donhou partnered with Paul Smith and Ridley Scott Associate Films for the launch of the Bicycle Film Festival London last night in Paul Smiths Beak Street store.

The Donhou ‘Experiments in Speed’ Bike was on display in the window, with Ridley Scotts feature film ‘Boy and a Bicycle’ playing downstairs. It was a chance to get a sneak peak at the up coming films over the weekend as part of the Bicycle Film Festival London. Including one which is of close interest to Donhou, being ‘Stayer’, a film about the motor paced racing at the Berlin 6 Day event. The film festival runs from now until Sunday, the program can be found here.

Photography from the night, Selim Korycki, courtesy of Paul Smith.

 

 

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September 27.13 – Hins Track Build

We built Hins girlfriend a sweet utility commuter, then we built Hin a cool Di2 road machine, but Hin still needed one more, he needed a street ready track bike for bombing around town. Here it is…

Hin’s a photographer and Im sure a good few of you can spot where the inspiration came from for this build. Yep, the iconic Leica camera. Built from Reynolds 953, with the top tube and head tube brushed much like on the camera, matt black paint to mimic the textured body of the camera and then highlights in the Leica red.

Geometry lends itself to fast city riding, and with a parts package including Royce, Thomson and custom bar tape and saddle recovery by Busyman, this is one awesome around town bike.

Thanks to George Marshall for the photos.

 

 

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August 19.13 – Steve’s Road/Tourer

Steve saw the Donhou Rapha Continental build that was exhibited at the 2012 Bespoked Bristol show and decided that that was the perfect bike for his needs… almost.

To make the build his own he also wanted a custom rack and paint job. The frame is built from Reynolds 853 Pro Team with Donhou disc/tour dropouts and the rack is built from 4130 steel with the carbon slats to finish, matching perfectly with the Wound Up fork. There’s a really solid build kit completing the bike with a SRAM Force group set, Avid BB7 SL brake callipers, and Chris King and Thomson components to finish.

Steve’s a bit of a chocoholic and the paint job (yep, its all paint) takes inspiration from some chocolate that him and his girlfriend fell in love with when they first met.

This is one really beautiful, really functional build.

More pics in the gallery.

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July 22.13 – ‘All I Want to do…’ Print

We now have the ‘All I Want to do…’ print back in stock. This time in black and red. Hand printed with the finest quality water based inks on heavy weight 320gsm locally produced paper, this is a stunning print. Stick it to the man!

Available in the Donhou web shop now.

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July 9.13 – Limited Edition ‘Experiments in Speed’ T-shirt

Friend HeyGus has drawn up this cool ‘Smoke Out’ illustration of the ‘Experiments in Speed’ project and its made a great T-shirt. Printed black on white, it has a small chest print on the front and large back print featuring the bike and Zephyr… Go to the shop and support our need for speed now!

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June 26.13 – The “Don Player Special”

When I handed Ian’s bike over to him he affectionately called it the ‘Don Player Special’ and the name stuck. The frame is built from “over oversized” Reynolds 853 Pro Team tubing, with a custom machined bi-lam 44mm head tube and hand carved bi-lam seat cluster incorporating Ian’s initial, visible through the rear seat stays. There is also an internally routed rear brake cable.

We went with an ENVE 2.0 fork, Campag Chorus group set, Chris King Inset, full Thomson finishing kit and Busyman supplied the awesome custom bar tape and recovered the saddle to match with gold perforations and red stitching.

Then of course there’s the paint job, with the paint taking inspiration from Ayrton Senna’s John Player Special Lotus from the mid 80′s. Next to the Gulf Porsche, one of the most iconic paint jobs of all time! I love the JPS Lotus and was so excited when Ian said he wanted to use this as his inspiration and we’re both really pleased how it turned out!

Thanks to George Marshall for the photos. More in the Gallery.

 

 

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