New aluminium bikes from a new British brand

New British brand Worx is showing its range at Taipei Cycle, and very interesting the bikes look too. They’re largely aimed at privateer racers although the appeal is bound to spread far further than that.

We won’t go into much detail at this stage because the bikes are a few weeks away from going live on the interweb. Worx are selling direct to the consumer rather than going through a bike dealer network.

There are two road bikes in the range, each built around an MU9 Vanadium frame – which is 6000 Series aluminium alloyed with vanadium, the idea being that the manufacturer can stretch the tubes while maintaining the grain structure of the metal so it’s more resistant to cracking.

The frame features a tapered head tube (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in), flattened seatstays to encourage some vertical movement, and oversized chainstays. You’re looking at a frame weight of about 1,160g for the 56cm model.

The RA 1.0 comes with a carbon fork with an alloy steerer and a SRAM Apex level build. It’ll be priced at around £1,200, although that has yet to be finalised.

The RA 2.0 uses the same frame but with a full carbon fork that weighs in at 340g. It gets a SRAM Red groupset and 7000 Series finishing kit as opposed to the 6000 Series on the RA 1.0. This one is likely to be priced at around £2,300-£2,350.

Anyway, we told the guys at Worx that we wouldn’t say too much about the bikes for the time being because you won’t be able to get your hands on one for a few weeks.

We will tell you that Worx have two cyclocross bikes in the range and they have some really neat-looking kids’ bikes too – a 24in-wheeled version, a 26in, and a 700c. These look like miniature adult bikes, unlike some of the monstrosities out there that pose as kids' bikes. Plus, Worx have a track bike and winter bikes coming later in the year.

The bikes might not be online yet but you can follow worxbikes on Twitter already. 

Expect more Worx news on road.cc over the next few weeks.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.


ped [287 posts] 4 years ago

They're not the same Worx as the cheap and cheerful power tools are they? http://www.worx.com/

If not, they may want to rethink that orange and black colour scheme. Or at least bundle it with a '30 piece drill and screw' accessory kit.

doc [167 posts] 4 years ago

Just hope they are not quite so hefty as the garden shredder of the same name....An interesting diversion for a company that has been producing power tools, do they see a gap in the market maybe?

tommy2p [92 posts] 4 years ago

Logo does look different to the power tools brand. I think they should have thought a bit more about their branding.

roadiesean [72 posts] 4 years ago

lets face it, the power tools are shite and last 5 minutes....will the bike brand be any better ???

Too many cookie cutter out of the Taiwan bike shed bikes knocking around. No wonder theres a lot of interest in handbuilt steel.

webby [4 posts] 4 years ago

Hi All,

Firstly, I'll introduce myself as the designer of the Worx Bikes Products. Secondly, thanks for taking the time to read the article, as a new brand, press exposure is very important to us, but i would like to take the opportunity to clarify a few points .

1 : We are not linked, in any way to the power tools. Mat's shots, taken at the show don't quite show the quantity of blue and white on the bike to give an idea of the paint scheme in the flesh so to speak. It's always difficult getting good pics in a challenging, busy environment with a real mix of lighting. Thankfully, the pictures of the other models come across very realistically.

2: Roadiesean: you are very right, there are a lot of cookie cutter products coming out of Taiwan and being re-branded - Almost all of them are carbon open mould frames. Apart from the belief at Worx Bikes that aluminium is a great material for building performance bikes: This lack of ability to alter and significantly tune an 'open mould' product - thus realising a ride quality and performance level we were happy - with was a huge determining factor with our range. I can happily, and steadfastly assure you, and everyone else, that every Worx Bike product is totally unique, and cannot be purchased with another brand applied to its aluminium tube walls.

I also know it's easy for me to say all this, with the relative anonymity of the internet, and with no possible way to prove anything - but i am quietly confident that when our bikes arrive early this summer, anyone who rides one will be very pleasantly surprised by the level of ride quality you can get at a given price.
Any bike, whatever the brand, and whatever the colour scheme or logo is only ever as good as the smile it brings to your face when you turn the pedals in anger or just as importantly, railing corners on a favourite descent.
This product line has been two years in the making,with many prototypes tested across all the models; geometries revised, wall thickness's varied - along with a myriad of componentry changes. All this is vital to get a level of ride quality we strive for and without adding unnecessary cost. As such, we as a bike company firmly believe that - while we haven't re-invented the wheel - we have managed to produce some genuinely innovative bikes. Bikes that will offer you as riders something you can enjoy riding. Hopefully, when any of you throw a leg over one to test, you will see for yourselves: A bike is always ultimately defined by the ride.

It is always right to question the unknown, it is one of many things that separate us from other species. It also helped us evolve as far as we have. However, It was only what we subsequently did with our new found knowledge that allowed us to get off the 'flat planet' and onto the moon. Challenging preconceived ideas is what actually lead to the Worx Bike brand starting out, so all of your questions are welcome.I sincerely hope this is useful to anyone who has shown an interest, helps allay fears to those who despise low quality bikes and has added another little insight into what makes us as a company tick. Fingers crossed it onwards and upwards from here with our new found knowledge.

Until then, enjoy the ride, and say hi if you see us out there on the road or trail.

Neil Webb.

Product Director, Worx Bikes