We’re currently recruiting another new team member at Shand to manage the final assembly and PDI of our full built bicycles.
Duties will include but are not limited to :
1) liaising with the customer to confirm final specification of their order
2) managing stock for all bicycle orders
3) final assembly and PDI of bicycles
4) packing and shipping of bicycles and frames
5) managing the warranty dept
As well as the above duties, we’ll expect the successful candidate to work on other varied workshop tasks when called upon. This may involve frame fabrication, paint and finishing work as well as other general workshop tasks.
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record working in the bicycle industry at retail or distributor level. An ability to demonstrate high quality bare frame assembly of road and mountain bikes is essential. Attention to detail and an appreciation of excellent customer service is a high priority.
The job will require someone who is a quick thinker, problem solver and someone willing to take on the responsibility of delivering a high-end bicycle.
This is an ideal opportunity for a bicycle mechanic looking to step up to the next level.
The role is full-time and is based at out workshop in Livingston in Central Scotland. Salary will be dependant on experience.
Send covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re busy. Very busy – and require a frame painter to join the Shand team.
Main duties will include the preparation and painting of all our frames from bare metal through primer and base coats to final lacquer. Graphics are applied with paint, so neat application of graphic masks (as well as stainless steel dropouts etc) is important to achieve a flawless final finish. Some light metalwork (filing) may also be involved as part of the prep work.
Experience in spray painting is not strictly necessary (training will be provided), but the ability to demonstrate good hand/eye co-ordination, an obsessive attention to detail and patience with lengthy prep work is vital. A passion for cycling and all things bike would also be advantageous.
If you think you fit the bill and would enjoy a hard-working, but relaxed atmosphere with a team dedicated to making the best bikes we can, send your CV for the attention of Russ at email@example.com.
The position is located at our workshop in Livingston and salary will be based on experience.
Photo (iPhone I’m afraid so not great) taken half way round a very nice 70 mile run. Bike looks great and rides just as well. Fits very well indeed so not sure any adjustment will be needed.
Thank you all very much indeed. I’m delighted. All that was expected and a bit more!
Have a good weekend.
As part of our New Year clearout, we’re going to be sticking some stuff up for sale that’s been hanging around the workshop too long.
First up is a Reynolds 853 29er mountain bike frame. This was built a couple of years but was never painted. It’s a full 853 frame with Paragon slider dropouts. We can supply various inserts for these dropouts so you can run it with a derailleur, singlespeed or with a Rohloff hub.
It has no cable guides on it at all at the moment so you can choose whatever guides and brazeons you like. We’ll also paint it whatever (single) colour you want. If you want a fancy paint design we can do that too but it will cost extra. It was originally designed for 100-120mm travel forks. 73º seat angle with a 71.5º head angle. Effective top tube length is about 600mm, seattube length is 485mm, chainstays are 450mm. Seattube is 28.6 for a 27.2 seatpost. 1-1/8″ headtube.
The drawing is below with all relevant numbers and angles. I’ll get some pics up in the next day or so. Looking to get £700 for this which is pretty close to half price if you commissioned us to build the same thing today. We’ll ship it anywhere in the UK for that price too. Let us know asap if you’re interested as I don’t think this will be around for long.
Obviously the drawing is for dimensions only, the dropouts look different, I’ll post some pics up in a wee while.
Any questions, give us a buzz on 01506 435 400.
We’ve managed hold our prices now for almost 2 years but unfortunately we’re now in the position where we can’t hold off any longer.
From 1st December, all bikes will see a slight increase in price. This will be on every model and applies to full bikes as well as frame only purchases. We’ve still to confirm exactly what the increase will be and we’re doing our best to keep the rise to a minimum.
Almost every cost associated with the business has gone up in the last 2 years, rent, power, gas, raw materials, paint, advertising, shipping etc so it’s inevitable that we’ve had to do this.
The good news is that we’re holding the old price for the rest of November. Any orders made this month (no matter when the delivery date is) will be at the old price. So if you’ve been sitting on the fence about placing an order, now is the time to do it.
We still have a few spots available for bikes being built in December and then we’ll be into January deliveries.
We’re happy to say that the first in hopefully many bicycle workshop courses run at Shand HQ is now open for booking. This first one (well two actually) is a wheelbuilding course. We’re acting as hosts for Derek McLay of Wheelsmith to run ‘An introduction to wheelbuilding’. It’ll run on the 16th of November and again on the
23rd of November (). All bookings are to be made with Wheelsmith and NOT us.
See the link below for more details and how to book.
I know summers’s over, but we’ve finally got t-shirts back in stock! Available in three sizes and two colours (graphite or sunflower) you can find them in the Shand online shop.
We’re starting to update our webshop with some winter essentials to help you keep riding through the colder, darker months. First products to be added are lighting systems from UK company Exposure. Exposure are a sister company to USE who may be familiar to you already through their components like seatposts and stems.
I’ve been commuting with an Exposure Joystick on the front and a Flare on the back. My commute is mostly on unlit quiet country roads and I’m super impressed by them. It’s been a while since I bought good quality lights (pre-LED) and I can’t believe how much the technology has moved on.
So if you’re looking for lights to get you through the winter pop over to our webshop.
Having asked customers for feedback on our bikes, we’re looking for information from others to understand better what they think about Shand and why they may (or may not) buy one of our bikes.
To that end we’re prepared a short survey that should only take five minutes of your time and for your effort there’s a chance to win one of five ‘Reduce Carbon, Ride Steel’ t-shirts.
You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CGDV8Q7 and we thank you in advance for your time!
What ever happened to those 29ers?
If you’ve been following what we’ve been up to over the past couple of years, you’ll have heard mention of, seen pictures and maybe even touched one of our production 29er mountain bikes. Unless you actually bought one, it would have been a fleeting glance though.
If you look at our range of production bikes now you’ll notice the 29er is conspicuous by it’s absence. I’ve been getting emails and calls asking about our first production mountain bike over the summer and I guess I should try and clear up what happened with this model.
The short story is that we’ve put it on hold for the immediate future.
The long story is that since we’d built a lot of mountain bikes in the past, mostly full custom 29ers and ‘world tour’ type off road bikes, it seemed like the obvious step was to introduce one into our production range. One thing about what we do at Shand is to try and stay authentic and make sure the bikes we build are bikes we understand and bikes we would, and do, ride ourselves. Now I’m pretty old school, not having full suspension since an old Kona about 15 years ago, it was always going to be a hardtail. I also have pretty limited experience with longer travel, slacker geometry, so for our first production frame I was always going to lean towards a short travel, lightweight race bike.
So we designed something round those parameters and ended up with a cracking, lightweight, fast offroad bike. We’re huge fans of Reynolds 853 so it made sense that we’d choose that for the main triangle. We had Reynolds make some nice curved downtubes for fork clearance and to minimise front end height which can be a problem with those big wheelers. We went for an oversized seattube to make it dropper post friendly, 44mm headtube for tapered forks and a direct mount front mech.
All sounds good so far. The problem was, we were building it using our normal fabrication methods and applying the same high end painted finish that we do to the rest of our bikes and all of this is labour intensive in the extreme which means in order for it to be a viable product, we’d have to charge close to £1000 for the frame. Now while lots of people really appreciate a beautiful paint job and lovely smooth fillet brazed joints, does it make sense on a mountain bike that’s going to be used and abused? I’m not sure.
You can buy a Cotic Solaris for £500. That’s an 853 hardtail, similar tubing to what we were using, dropper post compatible, 44mm headtube, blah blah blah. And by all accounts it’s a great frame, ok, it’s made in Asia and isn’t finished as well, but for a workhorse like this, does that really matter? Is ours twice as good as that? Well, the answer is no, it’s not. That makes it really hard for me to include it in our range. The ones we sold, we sold for £850 in order to be at least a little more competitive and to be honest, I don’t think we made any money.
The other thing that made it difficult is that we couldn’t think of a good name! It was at various times, The Spunk, Fat Boab, Yer Maw and I’m sure a bunch of others that I’ve forgotten.
I’d like to think that we’ll have a production mountain bike in our range at some point but I suspect it’ll be tig welded and powdercoated. We’ll wait and see.
I’d be interested to hear what you think about a UK built mountain bike, if you’d pay a premium for something not imported and what sort of things would convince you to buy a Shand over something else.