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The DSS3 Gravel 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, all add up to give you the confidence and ride quality that only a finely crafted steel machine can.

Tested and developed in the slop of the UK cyclocross scene, the CX tune delivers a thoroughbred CX offering that pushes the boundaries of what is achievable in steel.  The DSS3 CX is designed to be pushed hard right the way out the other side of your comfort zone, all the while with features to make CX racing as pleasurable as possible (if thats even possible).

Whether its a hard thrash on your local loop, a long, hot and dusty 160km over testing Moroccan gravel, or a CX race on a frosty Sunday morning, the DSS3 will be right there smoothing the trail and carving the turns.


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 (CX tune only), 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.

  • Frame tubing Custom 853/Columbus Zona/3D printed lug
  • Fork Columbus Futura CX or Gravel
  • Weight From 1800g
  • Headset 44mm
  • Bottom bracket 68mm BSA
  • Tyre clearance 42c
  • Seat tube 27.2mm seat post/28.6mm front mech band
  • Dropouts Thru axle with replaceable hanger


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: £POA // 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: £POA // 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: +£POA // Cambium C17 saddle, Cambium tape

Chris King upgrade: +£POA // Hand built to order wheels (R45 hubs), Chris King 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.


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…


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


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


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 DSS3 gets the splatter, tempting you to get out there and get dirty. Tom personally found this the ultimate paint design as not being much of a bike cleaner himself, he found you never have to clean your bike again with this paint job!

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
  • Di2 routing £65
  • 3rd bottle cage mounts £35
  • Rack mounts £45
  • Mudguard eyes £55
  • Donhou Bridge £35
  • Anything else Please contact



DSS3 Gravel frameset / £2595

DSS3 CX frameset / £2595

DSS3 complete / £POA