First of all a very big thank you to all of you that completed our online survey. Whether you are one of Shand’s current valued customers or our cohort of followers, we are grateful for the time you took to answer our questions. We are completely blown away by the fantastic feedback you have provided us with. We are analyzing the results of the survey at the moment and we are certain that with your help we could make our bikes and your experience on them even better!
We are also delighted to announce that the lucky winner of our Stoater bike prize draw is David Moore from Fareham. Congratulations David, and we look forward to creating your bike in the next few weeks!
We caught up with David in the last couple of days to share the news and this is what he had to say:
So David how did it feel to win the Shand bike?
To be frank I am flabbergasted!! Indeed I am very pleased and thank you. I didn’t really expect to win anything so it has been a great surprise.
We hear you have a couple of road bikes but you have been after a gravel bike for a while?
Well, I was really after something more versatile, something that you can ride on the road but you can also take off-piste. I like the idea of exploring different routes and while I am not a mountain biker, I have been researching Shand and was after a more comfortable ride than the off-the-shelf bikes. The Stoater is my dream bike and I am so pleased that I will soon have one which will complement my carbon and titanium bikes.
You mentioned in the survey that Shand was the only bike manufacturer you considered – why?
It all started with me reading Emily Chappell’s book, that really inspired me and got me thinking about the gravel/adventure bikes. Then of course I followed Jenny Graham, who has been so amazing beating the world record for circumnavigating the globe unassisted on a Shand and that really made up my mind.
I wanted a steel bike, hand-built individually for a better and more comfortable ride. I really like the fact that someone has taken the time and care to create the right bike just for me. I love the fact that Shand’s made in Britain, by people who cycle and love cycling. I was most impressed with the Shand team – we chatted a few times and although the bike is a little bit more expensive, to me it is completely worth it.
We noticed that you have decided to upgrade the bike we gave away to the Stoater Rolhoff. Tell us more about that?
I did lots of research on the Rolhoff gear hub and spoke to Steven at Shand on a number of occasions. He explained that it is low maintenance and why it was better suited for cycling off the beaten track. I am pretty convinced about its reliability which is why – although it is different from what I’ve had in the past – I decided to upgrade from the bike that I won.
Great – so where do you think you will be taking your new Stoater when you receive it?
I haven’t decided quite yet but I am really looking forward to trying it out first on the hills around where I live. Then start planning something adventurous!
We are really excited that David will soon be able to experience what we at Shand love about adventure cycling. Once again well done and congratulations!
Now the dust has settled with Jenny becoming the fastest woman to ride around the world we thought we’d share some details of her bike and setup:
Frameset – Shand Stooshie (custom frame size, painted Mustard Gold Metallic)
Drivetrain – Shimano Ultergra 11 Speed, (52/34 and 11/34)
Pedals – Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL
Handlebars – Ritchey WCS
Stem – Ritchey WCS
Seatpost – Ritchey WCS
Tri bars – Unknown – adapted to take bottles, GPS and GoPro
Saddle – Selle SMP Pro
Dynamo – SON 28 15mm axle
Tyres – Continental GatorSkin 28mm
Front Light – Sinewave Beacon with integrated USB charger
Rear Light – Exposure Blaze and TraceR
Frame Bags – Apidura Expedition Compact Frame Bag, Expedition Saddle Bag 17l, Top Tube Pack, Backcountry Food Pouch x 2
GPS – Garmin Etrex 20 (plus 2 x Cateye Velo 9 backups)
Update: Since we built Jenny’s Stooshie, the model has been updated with new forks and dropouts for flat mount brakes.
We’ve also realised that this is the third victory for a Stooshie chalking up these other achievements:
– 1st woman, Silk Road Mountain Race No1 2018 – Jenny Tough
– 1st woman, Transcontinental Race No4 2016 – Emily Chappell
124 days ago, Jenny Graham left Berlin on her Stooshie and was I lucky enough to be there last night when she returned to the spot next to the Brandenburg Gate from where she started. Jenny has smashed the world record by 20 days covering an astounding 18,413 miles on the road and we are all on awe of what she’s achieved.
When Jenny rode out from Berlin at 6am that morning, her route took her east to travel through 14 countries – Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Mongolia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, Portugal, Spain and France. Riding 16 hours and averaging 180 miles a day, completely unassisted and relying only on herself, Jenny set out to beat the current record of 144 days set by Italian rider Paola Gianotti four years ago.
And hasn’t she done it!
The Shand team are enormously proud and excited to congratulate Jenny on completing the challenge in 124 days! And not only that, on a Stooshie designed and built for her personally – the same as for all our customers.
Steven met Jenny through the endurance cycling group, the Adventure Syndicate, and offered to create the bike for her. She said: “It was amazing. They just measured me up and then produced this great machine that fits me like a glove. I just sat on it and felt ‘wow’ I am really going to get on with this bike. It was like meeting an old friend. It is a steel frame that absorbs shocks which is important when you are on all sorts of roads.”
Steven said he had every faith in both rider and bike to break the record. “Our aim for Jenny was to create a bike that would give her maximum comfort, so she could almost forget it was there at all. We’re always excited by the stories that come from people using our bikes; and those stories don’t come much bigger than a round-the-world record. Jenny is such an inspiration and our team are so proud to be part of her story.”
Congratulations Jenny – it is an awe-inspiring achievement and we look forward to catching up on her return home to Scotland.
UPDATE – Survey now closed and a big thank you to everyone who took part.
We’re looking for some feedback about the types of bikes you ride and other attitudes around cycling, cycling brands and of course your thoughts about Shand.
Below you’ll find a link to an online survey and for your efforts you’ll be entered into an online prize draw with a chance to win a Stoater worth £1,995 – or if you happen to be the owner of a Stoater (and you don’t want another), the prize value can be deducted from an order for another bike.
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY
The online Survey is open until 31 October 2018. After this date, a winner selected by random based on their survey submission with the winner being notified by email on Thursday 1 November. An announcement will also be made here on this website.
The survey must be completed fully by 23:59 on 31 October 2018. Winner will be picked from random from completed surveys and only one survey submission per person will be permitted. Prize will be a Shand Stoater 2018 and delivery costs will be at the borne by the winner. For existing Shand customers wishing to substitute the prize of the Stoater for another bike, £1,995 will be deducted from the order. No cash balance will be offered if the order is less than £1,995 such as in the case of a frameset.
We’ll be at the NEC Cycle Show again this year (28-30 September, Stand G71) and have 15 complementary tickets to give away.
To get your hands on one just send an email to email@example.com before midnight on Friday 14 September and we’ll make a draw from emails received then send tickets to successful submissions on Monday 17 September.
Please provide your name and postal address in the email so we can send a ticket if your name is drawn.
Please note that complimentary tickets are only valid for Friday 28th and Sunday 30th – NOT Saturday 29th.