From the moment we first unveiled the Arise we were overwhelmed by the response it got. The original concept for the bike was to be a simple low maintenance single speed bike that could be used for commuting through the week, and then taken on small adventures at the weekends. As we started to get more and more questions about how to convert or adapt the bike we saw it through a whole new light. The Arise is more like a blank canvas, bare, functional and practical in its natural state but with a bit of imagination it can be transformed into a master piece. So the concept of the bike evolved into something that is highly adaptable and now, in its 4th incarnation, this has been taken further. The addition of disc brakes, S-bend chain stays and a return to the threaded BB all hold a special purpose. The disc brakes provide improved braking especially in wet and muddy conditions, the S-bend chain stays offer clearance for road crank sets and the BB making maintenance that little bit easier.
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The Hook 1 is the starting point for anyone looking to dabble in some CX racing, gravel rides or generally just looking for a very versatile bike to explore some new places. At the heart of the Hook is its crmo steel frame, a material which is ideally suited to a multi purpose lifestyle, being strong and durable to take a few knocks, naturally low resonating for a more comfortable ride yet stiff where it counts to efficiently get you where you’re going, quickly. The geometry is designed to be comfortable, stable and yet very fast and responsive, and thanks to the TRP Spyre disc brakes, the Hook immediately has you feeling in complete control. The SRAM Apex 2×10 shifting is consistent and reliable, and offers plenty of gears for even the steepest of climbs. If you decide to load up for a commute or bike packing trip, the integrated rack and fender mounts mean the Hook is quickly transformed and ready for the journey.
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The Hook 2 is a CX and gravel bike, designed to keep on going even when the going gets tough. Built on the foundations of the original Hook, which had proven itself to be beyond capable having tackled the Transalp (endurance) mountain bike race and coming out totally unfazed. If your sights are set a little lower, its no problem, you can rest assured the capabilities are there, and in the meantime enjoy the ride. Carrying the famous white Dove, the Columbus tubing is recognized around the world for its quality. The Cromor tubing on the Hook 2 is ideally suited to the life of a CX and gravel bike, strong and durable yet light enough to let you perform. The big update for 2017 sees the Hook 2 gain front and rear 12mm thru-axles for increased stiffness, enhancing your control especially on rougher ground. Added to this the TRP brakes, Clement MSO gravel tires and the SRAM Rival 1×11 drivetrain there’s almost nothing this bike can’t handle.
If the idea of chasing Strava KOMs makes your eyes roll, then you’re probably the kind of rider who prefers to take in the scenery rather than staring through mirrored lenses at your stem. At the core of the Audax is the full CrMo frame, with double butted tubes providing a light and strong endurance road machine. The steel’s natural dampening characteristics take out a lot of the road ‘buzz’ letting your arms relax as you eat up the miles. The dropouts and seat stays are ready for a rear rack and thanks to the longer chainstays there’s plenty of heel clearance when panniers are mounted. Up front, the taller headtube is a little bit easier on the back muscles, and the longer trail length means the steering is far less ‘nervous’ than on a race bike. Thanks to the Shimano 105 compact chainset and 11-28 cassette, it doesn’t matter where your Audax takes you there’s plenty of gears to climb those hills. If the weather turns nasty as it often can, the fenders become invaluable and indeed a new best friend.
The Beyond is our expedition machine, if it were a car it would be a Land Rover Defender, tough and dependable and willing to go wherever you’re willing to pedal. Introduced last year, the Beyond has proven itself on countless journeys, not least when our friend Marc Maurer rode 5600Km from Istanbul to Tehran. Designed as a bike packers dream, the Beyond features mounting options for front and rear racks as well as up to five bottle cages. All mounted to a Columbus steel frame with carefully selected tubings, to do the most important job of an adventure bike, to be strong and light. The geometry of the bike gives a comfortable and stable riding position even when loaded. The specially flared handlebar, although a little strange at first, offers more hand positions, helping the shoulders and upper body stay relaxed for hours in the saddle. The SRAM Apex 2×10 drivetrain provides a smooth simple gear change paired with the more durable mountain bike spec GX and X5 derailleurs. So whatever journey you have in mind remember the Beyond is willing, if you are.
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