Paul came back to riding a few years ago, egged into a challenge by one of his friends. The bug bit him hard and a few years later we started talking about his next road bike. Paul wanted one that he would keep for the years to come. His best ever. The comfort of his winter bike and the responsiveness of his summer bike, but a super version of it. One for the alps and Kent alike.
We started the process with a fit with Tony Torke – To to get Paul’s body position right.
I picked a mix of Columbus HSS and Life steel, for stiffness, comfort and weight. A 44mm head tube and Columbus’ Futura Calliper forks complete the frameset. SRAM eTap makes for super clean routing and the Enve finishing kit compliment the fillet brazed steel perfectly.
When it comes to designing the paint, I often ask riders to keep an eye out for everything around them that they find beautiful; inspiration can come from anywhere. And, more often than not, it doesn’t come from bicycles. For this one, Paul came back from the Hockney exhibition at the Tate with a postcard of ‘9 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon’ by David Hockney. Cole Coatings and I tried to bring across the warmth of the painting onto the frame, but with a Mercredi spin.
A few rides in, Paul says: “I can’t believe how vastly improved a bike can feel in handling and comfort when it’s designed specifically for my body shape, not to mention how stunning it looks against the backdrop of autumnal colours were currently experiencing!”