DSS1 Performance Disc Road - Frame set from £2225


Calliper and Disc Road+ (Thru axle/flat mount) options available

The DSS1 is handcrafted performance steel at its finest. A few years ago we were ahead of the curve when we introduced disc brakes onto one of the Rapha Continental builds, and all that we’ve learnt from that project and the many disc road builds we’ve built since feeds into this. Built for the purpose of all day road riding, this bike is comfortable and forgiving but very importantly remains a lot of fun to ride. It’s quick yet stable, comfortable yet punchy, it will take the edge off that punishing climb and will blow your mind coming down… All the important factors that add up for an amazing ride.

The bike is disc equipped for comfortable all weather, all season braking and is built from oversized Reynolds 853 Pro Team tubing. Reynolds 853 Pro Team is Reynold’s highest quality, highest strength seamless air hardening steel, drawn to give an incredible ride while keeping minimal weight. Its heat treatment increases fatigue resistance, making it incredibly strong and impact resistant. We have custom selected the tube diameters, butt profiles and wall thicknesses to give the incredible ride of the DSS1.

“Its got ample spring in its step and a level of comfort that will save you winces if you encounter, as I did, the occasional pothole disguised as a puddle.” Cyclist, Jan 2015

“Over several weeks of testing, with a handful of other highly desirable, top-end carbon bikes sat by its side in the garage, I found myself repeatedly picking the Donhou for a ride… Donhou has sincerely delivered on the promise of something ‘for all roads, all day’. Its a charming bike” Cyclist, Jan 2015

“Fabulous bike with sparkling ride and handling” 9/10 for performanceroad.cc, Apr 2015

The DSS1 was selected as one of the RCUK 100 where they had this to say about it:

“Of course, there’s more to a bike than its paint job, but the deep granite grey with its pink to lime fade is gorgeous and utterly befitting of the craftmanship that has gone into the frame” RCUK 100 2014/2015


The DSS1 is hand built to order. The frame is TIG welded and coupled with the excellent light weight and confidence inspiring Columbus Futura carbon fork. It is available in 54, 56 and 58cm sizes and we also offer custom sizing for +£100. We offer numerous custom options including Di2 cable routing and rack mounts among others, so you can tune the DSS1 to your exact needs.

Finishing touches include silver brazed stainless braze ons, stainless hard wear and our super sexy machined brass STI adjusters.

The Road+ frame is built for thru axles and flat mount disc callipers. Accepting up to 32c tyres, allowing you to dip into the rough stuff when the feeling takes you.

The rim brake option features 28c tyre clearance dictated by the callipers.

  • Frame tubing Reynolds 853 Pro Team
  • Headset 44mm
  • Bottom bracket 68mm BSA
  • Seat tube 27.2mm post/28.6 front mech clamp
  • Fork (Calliper) Columbus Futura SLX
  • Fork (Road+) Columbus Futura Disc SLX
  • Calliper tyre clearance 28c
  • Road+ tyre clearance 32c
  • Weight From 1700g


To tune your ride we offer almost endless options on build kits. Take a look at our stock offering, this is what we deem to be a well rounded package balancing function, durability and price. We then offer a couple of upgrade options, or of course you could just go full custom and go nuts.

Stock: +£POA // Shimano Ultegra, Fizik R5 finishing kit, Chris King Inset headset, Ritchey Comp Streem saddle, Hope 25four wheel set, Continental 4 Season rubber

Brooks upgrade: +£POA // Cambium C13, Cambium tape

Chris King upgrade: +£POA // Hand built to order wheels

ENVE upgrade: +£POA // ENVE Road stem, handle bar and seat post

Tubeless upgrade: £POA // We discuss the best tyre choice for you and set them up tubeless

Full custom: £POA // We discuss your riding style and environmental demands to fine tune a build kit to get the absolute most from your riding

Complete bikes come with rider-tuned crank length, bar width, stem length and gear ratios. CAD drawing is supplied (if customer fit details are available) to ensure optimum component choice.

SIZING (Custom sizing also available)

Small (54cm) Medium (56cm) Large (58cm)
HT Angle 72.5 73 73
ST Angle 73.5 73 72.5
Effective TT 545 560 580
Seat tube (center - center) 470 495 520
Chain stay 410 410 415
Head tube length 150 170 190
Fork rake 43 43 43


We love paint and for the DSS bikes you have several options:

Single Colour – If you like it simple you can choose from any of our base colours for a single colour with logo’s design.

Signature – Of course one of the most fun parts of the DSS bikes for us is coming up with a Signature paint job for it. The DSS1 gets the incredible pink to lime fade which really comes alive when sprinting hard under the sunlight.

Custom Signature – Still haven’t got you covered, then let us work up a special version of the Signature paint design for you. Let us know your chosen base colour from our awesome colour palette and we’ll cook you up something special!


We can offer a selection of custom upgrades to tune the bike to your exacting requirements.

  • Custom sizing £100
  • Braze on front derailleur hanger £35
  • Chain hitch £25
  • Pump peg £25
  • Rack mounts £45
  • Mudguard eyes £55
  • 3rd bottle cage mounts £35
  • Anything else Please contact



DSS1 Calliper frameset / £2225

DSS1 Disc Road+ frameset / £2395

DSS1 Complete / £POA