It's taken us a few weeks to catch back up on ourselves after what was a great show at Spin LDN, but finally here's our regular run down of our favourite finds at the show. Located at the characterful Old Truman Brewery with the exotic aromas of Brick Lane's finest cuisine drifting sumptuously on the air, this was a show with everything - interesting exhibiting brands both big and small, cycling legends dropping by to tell their tales and great food and drink to boot. If you didn't get there this year, we definitely encourage you to get there next time around.
Quirk: Jonathan's All Day Track - from £1,495 for frame and forks
Rob Quirk is not only a frame builder with an enviable eye for detail, he’s also an endurance rider in his own right so you can be sure his bikes will stand the test of time. This build was made to enjoy the road as much as the track. With criterion geometry, weighing-in at a sylph-like 7kg, with a short taper chain stay for incredible power transfer and a super stiff chub hub this is a beast made for serious speed. The fillet brazing, lovely mix of tubing and gloss candy pink pearl paintwork adds stunning looks to the powerful brawn. Check Rob's work out at quirkcycles.com.
Rob’s latest adventure is the Transcontinental Race No.4, a 3,800km self-supported race from Flanders to Turkey – to check it out and give him a helping hand along the way go to https://fundly.com/rob-s-transcontinental-race.
God and Famous Smokeshell - $65
Lighter than a sparrow on a cabbage soup diet, this packaway waterproof comes from some fun guys who love to mix in some of their New York sense of humour alongside some lovely tchnical thinking and styling. Featuring a wind resistant and showerproof membrane fabric (100% Perlon with TPU finish) with vents under the arms for maximum breathability, and a hidden hood, it's like a water resistant skin for your clothes, with it’s own “who gives a shit it’s raining anyway?” attitude. Check out Kenny, Josh and co's work at godandfamo.us.
God and Famous Emoji bottles - $12
Hartley Pocket Rocket - from £2,800 to £4,000 depending on build (the build above is £3,400)
As a former jeweller, you would expect framebuilder Caren Hartley to make beautiful bikes, what you might not expect is the level of technical and finishing detail that she brings to her creations. The Pocket Rocket is designed for riders 5’5” and under and being on the petite side herself, is based on Caren’s own road bike. Using a 650c wheelset means the frame geometry is similar to larger road frames with standard 700c wheels, so not only is it more comfortable to ride, but also allows for a more aerodynamic riding position, avoiding toe overlap with the front wheel and eye-watering standover heights in the process.
The Pocket Rocket frameset is built from Columbus Spirit tubing with XCR stainless chainstays, with a Pro-Lite carbon fork as standard and can be built up with your choice of components, including the option of a Campagnolo Athena groupset to make it easier to reach levers with smaller hands. As usual with Caren's builds, this comes with beautifully finished paintwork, we especially love the orange to yellow fade on the seat stays and forks. Check out Caren's work at hartleycycles.com.
Hiplok DX - £69.99
Locks that do their main job well, and are light and easy to carry aroud are every city cyclists friend. Meet our new buddy. A Sold Secure Gold rated D-lock with Hiplok’s unique CLIP + RIDE system so that it can be easily carried on bag straps and belts, it is handy, convenient and pretty much impenetrable by slippery fingered thieves. Check out what Ian, Francesca and their buddies are up to at hiplok.com.
Boardman SLR 9.2 Titanium - £3,499
Co-founder Doug is a big fan of Boardman's elite range of endurance bikes having ridden one with a smile on his face from John 'O Groats to Lands End in 2011. Hand made using Ti10 Titanium frame and with Boardman SLR Endurance Disc carbon fork, a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Boardman SLR Elite Five Disc specific wheelset, this is a stiff, hardy and eyecatching road bike. Weighing in at 8.95kg it’s not the lightest bike in Boardman’s range but its smooth and easy handling make it a joy to ride on long days in the saddle. Check out the Olympic and Tour de France legend's work at boardmanbikes.com.
Huez Starman Arm Warmers - £30
Perfect for those British weekend rides when you’re not quite sure which way the weather dial is going to go, our friends at Huez’s Starman arm blend performance features with subtle reflective details. The fabric has been specially designed to be responsively thermo-active, so they will keep you comfortable depending on the situation. Clever chaps that Lorenzo and Hugo are, their signature star print has been designed to give you some extra cunning reflectivity especially when you’re signalling to turn at night. Check out the Huez boys' work at huez.co.uk.
Desgena D01CX - from €1,950
From the Italian stylesters who specialize in track and crit bikes comes this nifty looking cyclocross bike. With a similar geometry to it’s sister D01 fixie, and with Campag groupset (either Athena or Veloce depending on your price range) as standard, it's a set up made to ride at speed and with more than a dash of Italian panache. With a reasonable price tag, it would make a solid and stunning looking ride to pick your way through the gravel and mud on, or even turn into your commuter in winter. Check out Desgena's work at store.desgena.com.