Ryan has been busy beavering away in his workshop to create Oak Cycles frames for all of Spring Break. My bike was the last one out of the stable, but it was worth the wait…
The frame is Reynolds 853 and the fork is Reynolds 631, key areas of the bike have been strengthened whilst keeping the overall weight down (thicker stays, re-enforced BB, lugged seatpost cluster and long/re-enforced headtube). The complete bike weighs just over 8kg without spending a fortune on high-end parts (the carbon bars were £30 on eBay and most other parts were sourced at trade price from Look Mum No Hands). The wheelbase is a shade over 91cm!
The gearing is just under 40 inches and the rotating weight is around 1.5kg, this thing flies around court. The frame is also incredibly stiff making it very predictable when carving corners or hopping around.
I’ve gone back to dual brakes on this bike and have opted for some stiff armed mini TRPs, they provide more than adequate braking power and should stand up to crashes and abuse fairly robustly (they’re also very easy on the hand).
After a week of test rides and tinkering this bike is now set up perfectly with more of an aggressive riding position than before and with the perfect weight distribution across both wheels. The high BB means I can now ride through any corner (even with 175mm cranks) and Ryan’s trail expertise means that the bike can take incredibly sharp turns and ride out of them as if supported by some sort of invisible berm!
If you see this bike (or Adam’s) at the Euros/Worlds and fancy a test ride then shout and let us know what you think.
I’m convinced this is the best bike I’ve ever owned, thanks Ryan!