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What Mountain Bike – Bahookie Rohloff review

What Mountain Bike Bahookie Rohloff review


It’s good to get feedback on what we do and it was nice to see this review of our Bahookie Rohloff in a recent issue of What Mountain Bike – more info shortly on the Press and Reviews page. Not a bad start to the week!

posted by russell - May 25th, 2015

Reynolds 8-2-9 collaboration

Reynolds 8-to-9 road race frame

We predominantly use Reynolds 853 in our Stoater and Skinnymalinky builds as we like the characteristics this material gives our frames and can take advantage of the huge variety of tube sizes and butting to help fine-tune these characteristics further.

To improve on this flexibility, Reynolds has developed the ‘8-2-9 Project’ allowing high-strength carbon steels to be TIG welded to high-strength stainless steel. The main aim being to provide cost-effective options for incorporating stainless steel on all-road type bikes where downtubes and stays may be more susceptible to damage from stone chips etc.

Although there is nothing new in welding stainless to non-stainless steels, very little work had been done on joining high strength alloys – and certainly very little information has been available to the cycle industry.

Working with the metallurgy department at the University of Birmingham and the technical staff at VBC group, Reynolds identified a welding wire that offered the best combination of strength and ductility (to maximise fatigue life) whilst at the same time being compatible with 853 and 921 tubing.

Reynolds then approached ourselves to conduct real-world TIG samples of the welding wire on test joints, then ultimately on a couple of finished frames that were submitted to Bureau Veritas for testing to EN standards. We’re pleased to report that the frames passed the safety test for bicycles with flying colours and were delighted that Reynolds wanted to collaborate with ourselves on the project.

Reynolds 8-to-9 road frame BB junction

Reynolds 8-to-9 road frame BB junction

Reynolds 8-to-9 road frame dropout

posted by russell - May 19th, 2015

TweedLove Ride-Outs 2015

Tweedlove Ride-Outs 2015

TweedLove is a bike festival in the Tweed Valley (running this year from 16 May to 1 June) and this year we’re getting involved by sponsoring the local ride-outs.

These are informal and friendly rides on the trails around the Tweed valley and are being held on the following dates:

Saturday 16 May, 10:00
Innerleithen Trailhead car park

Monday 18 May, 14:00
Peebles KIngsmeadows Road car park

Wednesday 20 May, 18:30
Peebles KIngsmeadows Road car park

Thursday 21 May, 18:30
Innerleithen Trailhead car park

Tuesday 26 May, 19:00
Selkirk Town Square

Hosted by volunteer local riders, all ride-outs are in mixed groups and not officially guide-supported. Routes are based on weather and who turns up. Just treat them like a normal bike ride where you’re responsible for yourself and your bike.

For more information, about Tweedlove and the ride-outs, visit the Tweedlove website. We look forward to seeing you there!


posted by russell - May 12th, 2015

Welsh Ride Thing 2015

Ian and Beth from Wildcat Gear took their Shands out on the Welsh Ride Thing, an informal 3-day mountain bike ride in mid-Wales. Here’s a short film by Ian about how they got on.

posted by russell - May 11th, 2015

Job Vacancy – we’re hiring!

UPDATE (10 May 2015): Position filled.

We’re currently recruiting a new team member at Shand. The role we now have available is assembly manager.

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.

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

posted by steven - April 30th, 2015

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