After years in development, British bike brand Austin Cycles have launched the AC ATTO performance folder. It weighs just 7.8kg in its single speed version, has a full carbon monocoque frame with internal cable routing and a choice of 11 speed Shimano Alfine gearing or single speed with a belt drive for an oil-free ride experience.
While we've seen folders that claim to offer a ride feel more akin to a 700c bike before - think the Brompton CHPT3 edition developed with David Millar - the AC ATTO takes things up another notch with the internal cabling and carbon components throughout. Austin's own-brand carbon wheels are 38mm deep, dressed with 20" thick Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres. Even the handlebars are carbon, and the light aluminium pedals also fold up for convenience when storing and carrying.
Austin claim the fold can be done in as little as 8 seconds, with the frame collapsing in the middle of the top tube. The bike uses the Gates Carbon Belt Drive system and Shimano's Alfine 11 speed hub gears in its 11 speed guise , which is easier to maintain and means you don't get oil stains on your work clothes. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear are included, and a titanium-railed Fizik Arione saddle.
The single speed version comes in at £2,250, and with the 11 speed innternal hub gearing the bike will set you back £2,750 - both come with a free carry bag for every bike purchased, and the colour choices are Magnesium White or Carbon Black. Head over to the Austin Cycles website for more info.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.