Shand Cycles have launched two production steel frames, both designed and built by hand in Scotland.
The Stoater (above) allroad frame is made using Reynolds 853 tubing.
“It takes its cues from the US gravel grinder and monstercross scene, but reflects the British attitude to road and trail riding,” said Shand’s Russell Stout.
Equipped with disc mounts, the frame design also allows clearance for mounting a rack and mudguards. The optional adjustable rear dropouts provide flexibility for fitting either a Rohloff or Alfine hub, derailleur gears, or running it as a simple singlespeed.
“Whether bashing out 50 miles along road and trails, or a challenging century or two over a couple of days, the Stoater is all about the pure enjoyment of go-anywhere riding,” said Russell.
Prices for the Stoater frame start at £1,295, the version with adjustable rear dropouts costing £200 extra.
The Stooshie is a no-frills, Reynolds 853 steel cyclocross race frame that’s equipped with disc mounts and generous tyre clearance to keep things rolling on muddy race days or longer endurance-cross style events. Finishing options are minimal, but custom cable routing and bottle braze ons are available. The frame costs £1,095
If you’re not familiar with Shand, it’s a small, independent manufacturer based in Livingston. Steven Shand set up the brand in 2003 as a one-man operation offering custom frames. The range has now been expanded to offer handbuilt production frames alongside the custom options.
All frames can be ordered online from the Shand Cycles website and are available in a choice of six colours with different finishing options for bottle cage, mudguard and rack mounts at no extra cost.
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