Isen Workshop new brand from Hartley Cycles and Talbot Frameworks - and the result is a beautiful steel road bike

Handmade steel disc-equipped road bike now available

Two of London’s finest framebuilders, Caren Harty (Hartley Cycles) and Matt McDonough (Talbot Frameworks) have joined forces to launch an entire new bike brand called Isen Workshop.

Unlike the rather more bespoke creations of the new brand's founders, Isen bikes will be production off-the-peg bikes made-to-order, with a range of sizes from 47 to 59cm available.

The first bike from this new collaboration is the Isen All ®Season Road, described as a “high-performance lightweight steel bike” which is designed, handmade and painted in London.

The frame is made from a mix of Reynolds, Columbus and Dedacciai tubing with a Columbus Futura carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube -  1 1/8” - 1 1/4” on frame sizes 53cm, 55cm, 57cm and 59cm, and 1 1/8” - 1 1/2” on frame sizes 47cm, 49cm, and 51cm.

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Versatility and flexibility are key attributes in this first offering. It’s designed to accept both 650b and 700c wheels providing a number of different configurations depending on your riding requirements. Maximum tyre clearance is 35mm on a 700c wheelset, 40mm on a 650b wheel, so it’s generous but not quite in the same league as some other bikes we could mention.

The frame is equipped with rack and mudguard eyelets, and the Futura fork has hidden eyelets on the back of the legs for attaching ‘guards at the front. The three smallest sizes use a different fork that doesn’t have mudguard eyelets, so you’d have to use a clip-on mudguard if you’re looking at the 47, 49 or 51cm frame size.

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The bike is designed with disc brakes in mind, but while the fork has a 12mm thru-axle, the frame is only equipped with a 9mm quick release axle. Most of the bike industry has moved towards 12mm thru-axles front and rear. You get two bottle bosses and there’s internal cable routing for the gears, brakes and dynamo lighting.

They are currently taking orders for the new Isen All Season Road Frameset and production is limited to just 30, and it’s priced at £1,500. They previously offered this frameset and it sold out in one week, so best be quick if you do want one. The frameset price includes a Chris King Inset headset, they can also do complete builds as well. Check out more at their website here

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David has worked on the tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of 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.

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