DSS3 CX/GRAVEL - Frame set from £1995/Complete from £3795

WINNER – BEST CX BIKE NAHBS 2017

AVAILABLE IN CX OR GRAVEL TUNE

It’s a freezing Sunday morning, the dog’s curled up in the basket pretending to be asleep, trying to avoid the morning walk, your kit bags are packed and are waiting by the front door from the evening before. Did you dial you’re bike just right? Have you had the right breakfast? Should you have put the spikes on? You’re anxious and excited. It’s any winter Sunday, CX race day.

Designed with the UK cross season and the needs of a racer in mind, the DSS3 is a thoroughbred CX offering that pushes the boundaries of what is achievable in steel. Giving you the confidence and ride quality only a finely crafted steel machine can, the DSS3 is designed to be pushed hard right out the other side of your comfort zone.

Available in two “tunes”, the CX and Gravel tune. The Gravel tune takes the DSS3’s hardiness as a CX racer and delivers it with geometry finely tuned for fast gravel riding and bike packing. Longer wheelbase, tweaked front end geometry and a lower bottom bracket lets you have all the features of the DSS3 in a package designed for long days in the saddle.

Whether its racing in you local cross race, a hard thrash on a frosty morning before work, or a long, hot and dusty 160km over testing Moroccan gravel, the DSS3 will be right there smoothing the trail and carving the turns.

SPECIFICATION

With each of our DSS bikes we like to push the envelope on custom steel. It allows us to invest time into design that full custom builds don’t and the DSS3 is a big push of the envelope. The lynch pin of the frame design is the 3D printed seat lug. There’s been over a years development in this single part alone and we’re really excited to be able to offer this bike featuring such innovative design and manufacturing.

Tyre clearance, mud shedding, shouldering comfort, ease of cleaning post race are all key features for an outstanding CX machine. The 3D printed seat lug is the focal point of all these design considerations. It allows us to seamlessly use a heavily ovalized top tube for ride characteristics and comfortable shouldering, it sets the seat stays further apart for greater tire clearance and mud shedding. Finally it also allows us to route the rear derailleur cable fully internally, meaning less cable to rub on your frame and less hassle to clean, as well of course un-cluttering the pure lines of the frame.

The tube set is a mix of the finest steel tubes from Reynolds and Columbus, tuned for a responsive ride, balancing weight and durability. The frame also features thru axle technology and flat mount disc brakes. The final striking featuring is the lack of brake bridge, a key feature in reducing mud build up.

Chemically treated internally and finished with stainless braze on’s, including dead ended bottle bosses, makes sure your frame stands up to whatever the climate can throw at it.

Please note bike pictured features a custom build package.

BUILD KIT

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 CX: SRAM Force1 group set, Ritchey Comp finishing kit, Hope headset, Ritchey Streem saddle, Hope 25four wheel set, Continental CycloX King 35c rubber

Stock Gravel tune: SRAM Force22, Ritchey Comp finishing kit including the Evomax handlebar, Hope headset, Ritchey Streem saddle, Hope 25four wheel set, Clement X’plor USH 35c rubber

Brooks upgrade: +£75 // Cambium C17 saddle, Cambium tape

Chris King upgrade: +£895 // Hand built to order wheels: R45 hubs/CX Ray spokes/H+Son Hydra rims, Inset headset, Thomson X4 stem and Elite 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

We offer 3 “stock” sizes, sml, med and lrg alongside our custom size program. The stock sizes tend to cover most bases. If you have fit details already then you can send these through to us and we can see which would be the most suitable. If you’re not fitting on one of the below sizes or you want that stance just so, custom is the way to go…

CX

Small (54cm) Medium (56cm) Large (58cm)
Head tube angle 72 72 72
Seat tube angle 74 73.5 73
Effective top tube length 545 560 580
Seat tube length (c-c) 494 520 545
Chainstay length 420 420 420
Head tube length 136 156 176
Stack 572 591 611
Bottom bracket drop 68 68 68
Fork rake 50 50 50

GRAVEL

Small (54cm) Medium (56cm) Large (58cm)
Head tube angle 72 72 72
Seat tube angle 74 73.5 73
Effective top tube length 545 560 580
Seat tube length (c-c) 494 520 545
Chainstay length 425 425 425
Head tube length 144 164 185
Stack 569 588 608
Bottom bracket drop 72 72 72
Fork rake 47 47 47

AND FINALLY... COLOUR!

We love paint and for the DSS bikes you have several options. If you like it simple you can choose from any of our base colours for a ‘single colour with logo’s’ design. Like badass? Then we offer the ‘TL Black Top’ grey and black scheme as featured on all our prototype builds (pictured below), as a no fee upgrade on any of our DSS bikes. Or 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 DSS3 gets the splatter, tempting you to get out there and get dirty. Tom personally found this the ultimate paint design for a cross bike as not being much of a bike cleaner himself, he found you never have to clean your bike again with this paint job!

Still haven’t got you covered, work with us on your own custom paint scheme. Now we don’t paint by numbers here, but give us some direction and we’ll cook you up something special!

STILL WANT MORE?

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

  • Stainless head badge £65
  • Chain hitch £25
  • Pump peg £25
  • Di2 routing £65
  • 3rd bottle cage mounts £35
  • Rack mounts £45
  • Mudguard eyes £55 (including bridges)
  • Donhou Bridge £35
  • Matte paint £65
  • Anything else Please contact

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DSS3 CX/Gravel complete bike from £3795, frame set from £1995

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