/ Gravel/adventure bike frame....British made?

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Lynsety 20 Aug 2019

I am looking for an adventure/gravel bike frame as want to build up a bike for my husband but are there any that are British made...as in made here and not just designed here?!

Thanks in advance.

Lynsey.

subtle 20 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Try - https://www.enigmabikes.com/pages/about-enigma

These guys used to be British, not sure of they still are - but they are good bikes https://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/

andyr 20 Aug 2019
robert-hutton 20 Aug 2019
In reply to subtle:

The Enigma  SignatureRange is UK made, great frames and after sales support as they give a lifetime guarantee.

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Siward 20 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Thorn, made in Somerset, are quietly cool. 

https://www.thorncycles.co.uk/bikes

Henry Iddon 21 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Richard Hallett - http://www.halletthandbuiltcycles.com  He's  former cycling journalist - particularly equipment and keen 'rough stuffer'. Knows his stuff. If you contact him mention my name. 

http://www.halletthandbuiltcycles.com

Graham Briffett 22 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Shand make all their frames in Livingston, I believe. A Stooshie went around the world last year in 124 days...

Humphrey Jungle 22 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Condor and Albannach

nniff 22 Aug 2019
In reply to Humphrey Jungle:

> Condor and Albannach

I don't think Condor are made in the UK - their smart stainless frames are made in Italy, that I don know

JimHolmes69 22 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Try Kinesis bikes uk. They make gravel/adventure bikes and I have used mine to cycle from here to Italy and they seem bomb proof. Mine is aluminium but they make titanium ones as well. Depends on your budget. 

Hope this helps,

Jim

Graham Briffett 22 Aug 2019
In reply to JimHolmes69:

Kinesis are designed but not made in the UK. 

HammondR 22 Aug 2019
In reply to Siward: nope; their website contains the giveaway term "assembled". The OP is looking for a British built frame and Thorn ain't. 

richlan 22 Aug 2019
In reply to Lynsety:

Shame as Cotic make (design) some nice bikes, the Escapade looks lovely.

https://www.cotic.co.uk/product/escapade#frame

Siward 23 Aug 2019
In reply to HammondR:

Well spotted. Another illusion shattered

beardy mike 23 Aug 2019
In reply to richlan:

I have the second gen escapade and it is indeed lovely. Not super quick on road but a total blast off road and pretty capable... did a 500m descent doen a skiing red run the other day!

DaveHK 23 Aug 2019
In reply to Siward:

> Thorn, made in Somerset, are quietly cool. 

Neither made in Somerset nor cool on any level.

nigel n 23 Aug 2019
In reply to DaveHK:

Please explain

DaveHK 23 Aug 2019
In reply to nigel n:

> Please explain

I'm not sure what needs explained? They're not made in Somerset and they're about as uncool as bikes come. Dull or ugly paint jobs, tall steerers, massive stacks of spacers, big mudguards. They're the Ronhill Trackster of the cycling world. I also think many of them are over priced for what they are.

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Frank4short 23 Aug 2019
In reply to JimHolmes69:

> Try Kinesis bikes uk. They make gravel/adventure bikes and I have used mine to cycle from here to Italy and they seem bomb proof. Mine is aluminium but they make titanium ones as well. Depends on your budget. 

I've recently built a ti gravel bike and unlike the OP didn't overly care where the frame was made (as the majority of ti frames come from 1 or 2 factories in china with the best quality and expertise). That said the kinesis frames are made in china and the reason i decided not to go with them as they were only offering a 2 year guarantee on their titanium frames. Which is unacceptably short for any bike frame in my opinion.

Jack_Lewin 24 Aug 2019
In reply to Frank4short:

What did you go with in the end? I am just starting the same process...

abr1966 24 Aug 2019
In reply to Henry Iddon:

I met a guy last year touring in France on a bike that Richard Hallet had made....it was an absolute work of art.....!

Frank4short 24 Aug 2019
In reply to Jack_Lewin:

In the end i decided to go with a J Guillem Attalaya (it's the same guy who set up Saint Nicholas titanium). https://jguillem.com/bike/atalaya-gravel It's not the lightest but it's fairly bomb proof, comes with a lifetime guarantee, had the right geometry i was looking for, doesn't look like a gate and has nice hidden cable routing. Not all necessarily things everyone would want but it was what i was looking for. 


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