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Lugged stainless steel Sprinter first of two new bikes from Stratford-on Avon outfit

Pashley are making a splash at this year's Eurobike with the prototype of their new super-high end all steel Sprinter race bike, the Stratford on Avon company is also reviving the GB component brand and the new sprinter features GB bars, stem and seatpost.

Made from Columbus XCR tubing built up using hand made lugs with classic road bike geometry - parallel 74° the frame weighs a claimed 1.7Kg, in all its polished glory. Oh yeah, and it's got a solid silver headbadge.

Noises from Pashley are that Sprinter will be available as a complete bike built up with Campagnolo Super Record and it's likely to cost around £6,000. That sounds a lot but then talking to Paul Vincent, ex-Cycling Plus tech ed and the co-designer of the Sprinter it becomes clear that an awful lot of development time and man hours, have gone in to both the bike and the components it's built up with.

The GB bars (GB stands for Gerry Burgess) are made from aluminium but the stem is milled from a solid billet of ultra-hard bespoke Reynolds stainless steel tubing as are the frame lugs. That Reynolds tubing is so hard that it is very difficult to polish.

There will be more GB products on the way including track nuts, toe clips and a seatpost made in the same way as that stem.

Pashley are marketing GB componenets as a joint venture with Jeremy Burgess son of the late Gerry Burgess and they will be making the components available to other manufacturers… but only if they manufacture in the UK.

The Sprinter is not the only head-turning bike on the way from Pashley… they will be unveiling a fixed bike with a 'fifth stay' in a couple of weeks at the US Interbike show. Fifth stay? Well it's a brace betwen the right hand seat stay, the seat tube and the down tube – basically in the days before over-size tubing a fifth stay was one way of stiffening up a frame. Paul reckons it looks pretty cool too… we'll find out in a couple of weeks.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Charlie_ [7 posts] 4 years ago
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Not sure that brazed joints and no paint is the best way to go, really.

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Charlie_ [7 posts] 4 years ago
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For comparison:

http://argonautcycles.com/blog/2011/03/21/integrated-di2-is-ready-to-ride/

On that frame, the joints (lugged) are all painted. I don't know if there's another way: maybe a white solder? Even then, polishing is going to be difficult, I reckon.

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G-bitch [321 posts] 4 years ago
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People seem to forget that stainless doesn't mean rustproof.

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antonio [1104 posts] 4 years ago
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Charlie_ wrote:

For comparison:

http://argonautcycles.com/blog/2011/03/21/integrated-di2-is-ready-to-ride/

On that frame, the joints (lugged) are all painted. I don't know if there's another way: maybe a white solder? Even then, polishing is going to be difficult, I reckon.

Silver solder perhaps then?

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MikeL [20 posts] 4 years ago
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Why build a 'British' bike ... in XCR, when Reynolds 953 is available?

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Campag_10 [153 posts] 4 years ago
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They have got no hope of selling these at £6k unless they can improve the brazing. Round the stem looks really untidy.

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BikerBob [116 posts] 4 years ago
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Another case of the Emperor's new clothes methinks!

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obutterwick [474 posts] 4 years ago
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..........and which pro team will take them? Because no Joe Public will fork out for one.

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 4 years ago
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 13 madness

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fidbod [8 posts] 4 years ago
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£6,000 for brazing that shoddy....

what a rip off.

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stewieatb [292 posts] 4 years ago
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Chaps...

I wonder, did any of you see the word 'prototype' that's mentioned at the top of the article?

I agree about the price though, unless it's under 7.5kg and comes with a free unicorn, nobody's going to pay that.

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Low Speed Wobble [154 posts] 4 years ago
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Steel should always be painted. Why go for unpainted steel and not nude titanium? And no matter how big the letters of the word PROTOTYPE are written, an 'unfinished' example such as this should never be allowed to leave the workshop. It's not not a six-thousand pound bike we're being shown here. Pashley's reputation is, if you'll pardon the pun, slightly tarnished.

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Cyclista Lunatica [9 posts] 4 years ago
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There's no competition for this - because there's no market for it. The concept wrong for the high end market. Enigma, Cherubim and numerous bespoke builders are already doing a better job for potential customers.

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Ciaran Patrick [116 posts] 4 years ago
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British built - why XTR. I'm not a fan of shimano anyway but surely you be a bit imaginative in the groupset. Although I like the brooks bits but not for £7000

Shame really as I quite like Pashley and the retro look they stand for. Steel is the way to go but at this price. oooh no way!

Well its got us talking. May they will bring out a much lower priced version and we will saying that's better. Either good marketing or a howler.

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yourpaceormine [46 posts] 4 years ago
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Sorry but who mentioned Shimano XTR?

Unless I've read it wrong they are offering a finished build with Super Record for £6k; so most of that £6k will be for Campagnola bits rather than the Pashley steel. A more accurate price pitch for the frame might tell us more - for a super record build you are probaly talking in the region of £1200 for F&F? Which for handbuilt steel is probably competitive (I wouldn't know to be honest but I can dream!)

The whole bike/project is very reminiscent of the book/programme about the guy who builds his 'ultimate' bike - it's on the bookshelf somewhere but I can't find it and I've forgotten the title and author.

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stewieatb [292 posts] 4 years ago
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Ciaran, you've misread somewhere, the bike is built from Columbus XCR tubing, it doesn't have an XTR gruppo. The point being made is that Columbus are based in Italy, so it's hardly a 'British Steel' frame.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 4 years ago
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By that logic then the Chinese and Taiwanese made Columbus frames are Italian and anyone riding a Reynolds framed bike built in the 10 years from 1996 to 2006 is actually riding an American bike.

As for £6K being a rip-off, well surely it's only a rip-off if you buy one and aren't satisfied with what you got for your money… buying one is not compulsory.

The prototype on show at Eurobike certainly attracted a fair amount of positive attention from a knowledgeable crowd - the world's bike shop owners, the word I heard was that Pashley were having no problem attracting orders - nor were Cinelli for their €7K Laser frameset.

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cool guy 999 [53 posts] 4 years ago
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pashley have not much reputatioin for road bikes so it seems unlikely they will be getting orders from people who want to show off about their pashley sprinter unlike cinelli

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nick_rearden [435 posts] 4 years ago
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stewieatb wrote:

Ciaran, you've misread somewhere, the bike is built from Columbus XCR tubing, it doesn't have an XTR gruppo. The point being made is that Columbus are based in Italy, so it's hardly a 'British Steel' frame.

I spoke to the Reynolds tubing guys at the show and they 'fessed up to not providing the new 931 tubing in time for Pashley to build the prototype for the show.