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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

Transcontinental Race 2015

Transcontinental Race 2014. Departure at CP3 Mount Lovcen. Montegro.

It’s been a while since I’ve done something a wee bit epic, so with only minimal consideration I said “yes” when a good mate (Fraser Waters of Happy Cog) asked if I’d be up for the 2015 Transcontinental Race.

Organised by Mike Hall, this year will be the third incarnation of the race, this time with a completely new depart. Instead of London, it will now start from somewhere in Flanders heading to the finish in Istanbul with only four checkpoint along the route; Mount Ventoux (France), Sestriere (Italy), Vokovar (Croatia) and Kotor (Montenegro). Circa 4,000kms in total.

The race is held in the style of ITT (Independent Time Trial) with riders expected to be self sufficient along the route, relying on their own route planning and with no outside support. In addition there will be some interesting mandatory sections such as climbs to the summit of Mont Venteux and Mont Lovcen with some Belgian pave and strade bianche thrown into the mix!

As we’re riding as a pair, we’ve been thinking hard about bikes and kit and have general plan sorted out. First question was bikes and having considered doing custom Shand builds, we’ve settled on standard Stoaters as they really do tick all the boxes. We’ve also had enquiries from fellow competitors so we’re not alone in our thinking about a suitably tough, lightweight mile-muncher of a bike.

I’ll post more about our preparations in due course, but having committed to posting this here, there’s no going back now. Istanbul, here we come!

posted by russell - January 23rd, 2015

Shand at London Bike Show – 12-15 February 2015

London Bike Show 2015 logo

We’re back on the road again! This time at the London Bike Show in mid-February and you can find us on stand number LB901.

UPDATE 8 Jan – Tickets have all been allocated!

We also have some complimentary tickets so if you’d like to visit us, send an email to with the following details before by midday on Friday 9 January:

  • Your name
  • Your email address (will be used to send you an electronic ticket)
  • Day you intend to visit (Thur 12th, Fri 13th, Sat 14th, Sun 15th)

First come, first served!

Show website:
Show location: ExCel London, Royal Victora Dock


posted by steven - January 15th, 2015

Shand at Spin London – 5-7 December 2014

Spin London logo

At the beginning of December Steven and myself will be at Spin in Shoreditch London with a Stoater and our new production 29er. It’s a great opportunity to have a look at our bikes in the flesh, so come along and say hi. Tickets are available for free from the Spin website.

Location: Rochelle School & Club Row, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES (location on google map).

posted by russell - November 19th, 2014

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