Sarah wanted a bike to be her companion on journeys both short and long. She wanted a tourer that wouldn’t shirk the dirt but which could be lively enough to enjoy riding on a daily basis. She had a clear idea of what the finished bike would look like: a classic silhouette, Cinelli Laser blue paint, Italian components and reliable disk brakes. To ensure the handling was what I wanted it to be, I built a custom steel fork with a rake optimised for her bike. Sarah sourced and supplied all of her parts but entrusted me with the final build. Here’s the result:

Frame: Fillet brazed Columbus Zona tubing with carved seat sleeve

Fork: Traditional flat crown with Reynolds 853 disk blades and ISO disk mount.

Wheels: H+Son rims laced to Chris King hubs

Components: Campagnolo Athena groupset with Avid BB disks. Chris King headset

Finishing Kit: Thomson stem and seatpost, Brookes Cambium saddle.

Rear end 2

Painted Columbus Dove

Head tube and crown

Disk Fork

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Sarah's CX tourer

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