Fairlight Cycles Faran 2.0
The Fairlight Cycles Faran 2.0 is an excellent bikepacking and touring machine that loves being loaded up for heading off into the great beyond.
If you're looking for something that can handle cargo and tricky terrain, but that's also fun to cruise around the lanes on or even spec up for a big adventure, this is a bike that can handle all sorts.
The Faran is an all-steel bike, with a Reynolds 631 frame and fork (you can buy a frameset for £949) that are plenty strong enough to handle the forces involved in loaded riding. The steel fork comes with mounts for low-rider pannier racks, a randonneur rack or multi-purpose cages, and far more other features than we could list here.
The Faran is built to carry loads, but it's not overbuilt. It's not as torsionally stiff as a dedicated world tourer for a heavy pannier setup, but the target user is more likely to be loading up for a few nights on the road, and a lot of the time a bike like this will be ridden unloaded.
There is space between the stays for a 650B tyre up to 58mm wide, or a 700C tyre up to 47mm. Tyres with a big air chamber soften the front end, and the ovalised top tube combines with the 27.2mm seatpost to make the Faran comfortable at the rear.
The Faran is at its best when you stick a few bags on it and head off for a bit of adventure. Loaded up, it proves itself to be a hugely capable companion over a variety of surfaces – comfortable and easy to pilot, and fun to ride too.