Cambridgeshire-based Quella has released the Evo which it boldly claims is “three bikes in one” and can tackle commuting, road riding or off-road just by swapping out a few parts and components.
The company, which makes its frames by hand and sells direct through its website, has used a Columbus Cromor tubeset to build the frame, and it essentially looks like a cyclocross bike with cantilever brakes and space for wide tyres.
It’s offering a choice of builds depending on your riding style. You can opt for a singlespeed or fixed wheel option, or spec a 2-speed SRAM Automatix gear hub. There’s no conventional gearing option on offer, but that is part of the reason the company has been able to keep the price down at £600.
With space for up to 35mm tyres you’re not limited by tyre choice and the frame is decked out with two bottle cage mounts and all the eyelets for fitting optional mudguards and front and rear racks, the latter ideal if you want to use it for multi-day touring
The Evo is available in orange, black and purple/black, or you can treat yourself to a custom paint finish for an extra £100. The SRAM Automix adds £75 on top of the base price and you can add mudguards and front or rear racks for £40 each.
In singlespeed build, Quella claims the Evo weighs 10.5kg (23.1lb).
It’s available to order now at www.quellabicycle.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.