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Randoms: Bespoked Show 2021

Oct 16, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Bespoked is the kind of show where beards outnumber bikes by 10 to 1 and there's barely a lick of carbon to be seen. It's a celebration of handbuilt European bikes and, as you might expect, is populated with some wonderful and weird machines. For that reason, it's one of the most serendipitous shows of the year and you never know what to expect as you pass through its halls. Here are some of the highlights from the Harrogate Conference Centre this weekend.

Clandestine is run by Pi Manson from Bristol. His focus is mainly on touring and cargo bikes but with a background in BMX, he couldn't resist building this trail bike to make his weekend riding more fun. The bike is a steel single pivot with 110mm travel in the rear and a 140mm fork. Pi didn't want to let the fun factor go altogether though so runs the bike with 27.5" wheels and a progressive leverage ratio.

The linkage was designed to be progressive while still offering plenty of room in the front triangle for an oversized water bottle and enough cargo room for a weekend's adventuring.

The kinematics were tuned so that the anti-squat would work well with small chainrings, such as this 28t, for when the bike is fully laden with kit.

The linkage is serviceable with a 5mm Allen key, perfect for when you're way out in the sticks.

The stem is another of Pi's creations.

Not one but two head badges, just in case you were unsure this frame was handbuilt.

This full-suspension testing mule has more adjustment than you can shake a stick at.

Chainstay length and head tube angle are both wildly adjustable.

This bike holds the record for the fastest speed achieved in a slipstream by a man at a terrifying 280.571km/h (174.339 mph).

Neil Campbell is apparently now targeting the overall world record, which is held by American Denise Mueller-Korenek, who rode a custom bike at 183.932mph.

Big rings=high speeds. More info about the record can be found, here.

Quirk Cycles had one of the cleanest non-AXS bikes we've seen thanks to its almost entirely internal cables.

The cables enter through this FSA stem...

... and emerge where they are needed. The main advantage is apparently not aero, as it might be in road or gravel riding, but simply that the bike is much easier to wash!

It's called the Superchub... don't Google it.

These bars are made from laminated bamboo by Passchier Cycles

Hope's high pivot bike is unchanged from when we saw it at 'Ard Rock, although Hope told us they're looking to have a production version by Spring 2022.

It's expected that the stays will be fully carbon on the production model.

Restrap now produces oil slick bikepacking kit... if that's your thing.

This hardcore Eolus hardtail was new for Enigma Cycles at the show.

The frame costs £2,299 but this particular build is £6,799.

Spray.Bike offers rattle can paint for bikes and they were showing off their entire range with this frame.

The Pollock-esque finish up close

We previously covered Cybro's 180mm, gearbox carbon hardtail at Eurobike. The seatstays are able to flex to offer a bit more cushioning. It's cool to note that everything on the bike apart from the Intend fork and Wolf Tooth headset are made within 30 miles of Bassano Del Grappa, Italy.

They also showed us this new drop out system that makes it easy to work with a belt drive on a carbon frame while not sacrificing any frame stiffness. A bolt connects the seatstay to the chainstay and the axle then screws into that.


  • 53 2
 That Cybro bike though... wow
  • 5 0
 I know right? I’d consider ditching a derailleur for that
  • 5 0
 It says 180mm, does that mean it is designed for a 180mm travel fork? It takes some rider to be able to deal with the geometry changes as it goes through the travel.
  • 3 0
 @bravefart: i love my gearbox bike, so quiet on the trail. no derailleur or chain slap. and instant shifting, no need to spin the cranks 1/2-2 full turns to shift.
  • 1 0
 @TylerG96: cool. What frame are you running the gearbox on?
  • 7 0
 @bravefart: Zerode Katipo
  • 1 0
 @TylerG96: nice! I see them occasionally around here and inevitably interrogate their owners (in a friendly way) . All praise them
  • 50 2
 Paint just for bikes? Do they have e-bike specific paint too?
  • 37 0
 I have a source saying they will be releasing downcountry paint next season. Exciting stuff.
  • 19 0
 Who cares? I need boost paint.
  • 6 0
 I've used's paint, it's really easy to use as they dont run like normal spray cans, pretty much the same price as well. their lacquer wasn't great tho
  • 19 0
  • 15 2
 Hope frame´s front triangle is bike porn. I do not like the the aesthetics of high pivot bikes with the idler. It could be wonderful system but not for me.
  • 14 0
 Pi’s full suspension is awesome! Hand make linkage Eek really nice
  • 1 0
 Yeah,me want!
  • 14 1
 Non AXS Bikes ain‘t dead
  • 13 0
 “ It's called the Superchub... don't Google it.”

  • 1 0
 i had to !!!
  • 12 0
 65-75 degree head angle adjust?! Did he start matching that thing in 1994?
  • 9 0
 Yes!, I confirm!! DON'T GOOGLE IT!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Curiosity killed this cat! Why did I Google that?!?!?!?
  • 3 0
 Coming next year, the Quirk Feltch hydration pack!
  • 5 0
 Why the f*ck would you say "don't google that." It is a law of nature that when you tell someone not to google something, they will google it, and now I am scarred. Thanks a lot @jamessmurthwaite
  • 5 0
 The bike in the background of the geo-ma-jig makes me reach for the brain bleach; a wooden framed eeb tourer with ~20mm travel forks?
  • 5 0
 The price of that Eolus hardtail...I'm puzzled, too difficult to understand.
  • 1 0
 Cranks aren't horizontal, the bike must be unridable...
  • 5 0
 Why no words about Hopes TECH4 brakes mounted at their high pivot bike?
  • 3 0
 Great green paintjob, next iteration is a canabis paintjob :-)
  • 1 0
 On the hope id rather have the aluminium stays due to heel rub and general abrasion resistance. Its interestion theyve switched to a split pivot style design rather than the previous horst design
  • 9 0
 That's kind of extreme just for heel rub. Just buy a roll of 10mil clear vinyl and replace as needed.
  • 4 0
 @SkullsRoad: fuzzy side of Velcro lasts much longer Nd is easier to tell when it is worn out.
  • 4 1
 @lone-ranger: but it's ugly...
  • 1 0
 I love pi’s work. The stem in particular is beautiful.
I am dead keen for that hope bike. And that adjustable bike, I love that you can slacken the hta mid ride with your knees haha.
  • 2 0
 I'll be patiently waiting to see some of these show up in a Sam Pilgrim video.
  • 3 0
 "Its so goood" rattling down sketchy stairs.
  • 1 0
 Since when are housing and hoses the impediment to washing bikes? I'm more worried about bearings and getting soap on pads/rotors.
  • 7 0
 With the extra holes, you get water even inside the frame to clean it there!
  • 4 3
 "slip stream bicycle speed record" what a bullshit record haha. What's the flat ground non assisted speed record that's the real record?
  • 3 0
 "slip stream bicycle speed record, male" FIFY. The female/overall record is nearly 10mph higher...
  • 9 0
 184 MPH on a BICYCLE is anything but "bullshit".
  • 1 0
 @Marquis: I definitely think it is a load of bullshit, what's the highest speed with human power..... not draft power hahaha
  • 3 0
 Where's the Coal 84? Ya bunch of losers.
  • 3 0
 I got nothing
  • 2 0
 Quirk's technicolour Crab Vomit.
  • 2 0
 Needs moar T.J.D. ickles.
  • 1 0
 Ted was being dragged by his mum to have his photo taken
  • 2 0
 Tell us more about that wooden frame mtb behind the test mule
  • 2 0
 Campy super record cranks on that world record bike?
  • 1 0
 Damn that clandestine trail bike! Do they make it into the USA?
  • 1 0
 Speed record with small wheels?
  • 1 0
 Love the chainstay protector on the Clandestine. Where can I get one?
  • 1 0
 @dolface: Thank you!
  • 3 3
 Other than the Cybro none of the bikes anything exciting. Maybe next year there will be something good.
  • 1 0
 I want to see the guys pedaling that tandem from 0 jajaja
  • 1 0
 I'd buy some bamboo bars...
  • 1 1
 People in brexit UK will buy UK made frames no problem.
  • 1 1
 Only two beards! Stereotypes are 10 to 1 at this show.
  • 1 1
 and that hope bike was a bit more than a lick of carbon
  • 1 0
 Stem by waki
  • 3 4
 slipstream speed records are stupid af, shouldn't count for anything
  • 3 5
 @aleyey-T: Agreed ! Although the numbers are quite impressive, if the bike can't pull the same speed without drafting a vehicle, then the achieved speed is meaningless.......Imagine how fast the LSR (Land Speed Racing) vehicles could go if they employed the same tactics!
  • 2 0
 @GT-CORRADO: imagine how fast a bike could go after a land speed car.
  • 4 0
 @GT-CORRADO: About as fast as the vehicle they're slipstreaming
  • 5 0
 How is it meaningless to go 184 MPH on a bicycle? It still has to be pedaled, it's still subject to falling over at 184 MPH. Nobody is saying it's the same as the non-drafting record, which is 89 MPH. I've driven a race car on a track at 185 MPH. It's almost impossible to imagine going that fast on a BICYCLE.
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