May 29.18 – Pinion driven town hauler
After flicking through an in flight magazine en-route to South Africa, Axel spotted a feature on a fetching custom town bike built by ourselves. Once back on terra firma he promptly flicked his phone off airplane mode and got in contact, wanting to commission his own version and inspire himself to ride more often. He was lucky enough to catch our last fully custom build slot before we stopped taking full custom orders to solely offer our Signature range. And what a final build it is…
So yes, our last (official) full custom build to roll out of the workshop is this incredible Pinion driven, disc braked, dynamo lighted town hauler. Axel is a big guy and wanted a comfortable upright position, this was taken care of with a custom bent bar/stem combo, finished off with Brooks finest leather bar tape. Mechanical disc brake callipers actuated by Paul Components finest levers and a brazed on integrated bell finish off a fine and tactile cockpit.
The heart of the bike is the Pinion gearbox, chosen for its simplicity and function. The Pinion takes the concept of the internal gear hub and puts it bang central in the frame. This makes a big difference to how the bike handles and feels compared to a traditional internal gear hub, which can often kill the liveliness of a bike. Hooked up to the rear wheel via a Gates Carbon Drive belt, this is a super clean, functional, fit and forget set up.
The frame itself is built from Reynolds 953 stainless steel. To complete the set we built a custom steel fork and the bar/stem combo, painted up a Velo Orange portuer rack and Giles Berthound guards. The rack was modified to allow internal routing for the dynamo light set up, as well as the frame featuring internally routed cables, keeping everything clean and elegant.
This in one incredible, functional town bike and we wish Axel many happy miles!