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  • Mark Sondag

    That’s a pretty bike for sure, but I’ll keep my Mason Definition (which is also beautiful) and about 900 dollars less. Not custom made to my specs, but hand made in Italy using Dedacciai Aluminium. I don’t have the expertise or riding chops to select the geometry of my bike anyway, I’ll leave that to the experts. I can see the appeal for those who know exactly how they want their frame built though.

  • Velt

    Is there a manufacturer that makes an alloy bike with a carbon seat mast? This seems to me like it would be an ideal match to smooth out the ride of the stiffer aluminium.

    I know there a ones made in the same vein by other manufactures from titanium (by No.22 and Legend) and steel (English cycles).

    Is there a reason it can’t be done with Al alloy?

    • toffee

      I have a Columbus scandium XLR8 frame, and run a carbon seat post, honestly its just as smooth as my carbon bike.

    • I like your thinking but alloy and carbon fibre do not make good bedmates because of the risk of galvanic corrosion.

      • Velt

        Ah so thats it!

        • d;

          I see that you read the Bastion (ti lugs/carbon tubes) review. If you read the comments discussing galvanic corrosion etc, your questions will be answered.

          • Velt

            Must’ve missed it, thanks!

            • Warwick Gresswell

              Galvanic corrosion isn’t really an issue as long as there is no direct contact between the carbon and the Aluminium. Modern epoxies create an effective barrier between dissimilar materials. What is an issue is the difference in mechanical properties between the two materials. Titanium is much closer to carbon than aluminium is, and that makes for a happier* structure (*technical term).

  • toffee

    Nice looking bike, but in my mind way too expensive. I think the allure of a custom built frame lies less in geometry, and more in the personality and reputation of the builder/company. In this end, It would be hard to part with 3k Aussie for a taiwanese manufactured frame. Grabbing a Caad 12 would make much more sense.

    • JK

      I’d agree they’re a bit on the punchy side, given you can have a Scandium frame from Legend for the same money.
      However – stating that a custom frame is “less about geometry” indicates a recent head injury. I hope you’re OK.

      Why oh why a PF bottom bracket??

      • toffee

        Most guys I see with custom frames have geometry that could have been found on an off the shelf frame. I dare say that mostly they base their geometry on an off the shelf, and make some minor tweaks.

        • Rudyard Josef Lim Ganuelas

          Most. However, for a few who are outside the 3 standard deviation in height to leg length average, a custom geometry is a requirement. Then add the fact that no off the peg manufacturer is stupid/brave enough to really drop the bottom bracket to facilitate dangerous/fun lean angles when descending. Hence there will always be a market for custom.

      • Mark Fletcher

        Have always had Al bikes. I like em.
        Alan in the 80’s (didn’t end well), Cannonade R1000 from the mid 90’s and still on a 10YO Cervelo Soloist.
        Thanks for the heads up on the Mason Definition Mark S. Nice looking machines.
        Only disk brake options though it seems?
        JK, that Scandium frame from Legend is listed at about AU $4000 at this time.
        That ain’t cheap.

        • JK

          I guess the Australian distributor marks them up a bit more. Use the extra grand to fly to Milan and pick it up from Marco directly :)

      • Wily_Quixote

        Is there something about scandium? Every review I have read on scandium tubing praises it’s riding quality.

        • Rudyard Josef Lim Ganuelas

          It’s aluminum with a tiny bit of scandium alloyed in. I’d be shocked if there is more than a negligible difference.

  • Ragtag

    Hi – could you folks review the new 2017 Cipollini RB1K – ‘the one’?

  • Nice work on the tidy eps install Matt

  • Cycle Sierra Nevada

    Cool story. Really nice bike and I love the bb. It seems like a well finished bike. However, it’s a pitty about the colour and that bar tape! Yikes.

  • George

    Nice review of a great bike. I think where this offer works well is where you have an old frame where the geometry is just perfect for you and you want an updated frame for more stiffness, lightness, electronic groupset, funky colour etc. For example I have a 2005 Specialized SWORKS E5 that over time has had many groupsets on it. Of all my bikes of different brands this is the frame that fits me best. Hence it is always my reference geometry when scoping out and setting up a new bike. So in the case of BOND I would use the E5’s geom to get a modern bike with my perfect geometry.

  • velocite

    Terrific looking bike Matt: elegant frame and great colour choices. I have zero interest in custom, but somehow I like this idea.

  • LeeRoy

    I like pretty much everything about this bike.

    It’s not cheap when compared to a CAAD frame but you do get to choose colour and geometry. I’d consider it.

  • Sunny Ape

    I had a frame custom made for me in Columbus SLX in the early 90s, and it was about AU$800. No chroming, no seatpost, no BB and a single colour. Given inflation rates, $3k for a custom frame in 2017 is no big deal. You either want an individual bike or you don’t and the cost doesn’t matter.

  • Lee Rodgers

    For more colour options check out our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/bond.bike/. Website too, our galley page has more also at http://www.bond.bike.

    Matt, thanks for the great review!

  • Bruce Swales

    Beautiful looking bike and a great concept. If I could have another bike as well as the one I currently have, I would have a Bond.

  • Zero Handups

    Matt nice review as usual. Where you compare this with the Bowman you built up recently?

    • I didn’t ride that bike any further than around the block, but Bowman have been talking about sending me a Palace:R for a full review…

      • Zero Handups

        *able to* that was meant to read haha. Thanks Matt

  • Jared Wilkie

    where is the EPS control box hidden?

    • OverIt

      Looks like it’s inside the stem. Further, I’d have made the entry port for the EPS/Di2 wire go into the top tube beside the brake cable port, then routed the wire down the head tube beside the steerer, (glued or sleeved out of contacting the steerer), and then down inside the dowtube.

  • Nick Squillari

    Looks terrific and I love the forming around the headtube (as weird as that might seem).

    One thing I would love to see is the option of a T47 BB. Otherwise this is terrific work on a material I have much love for.

  • Allez Rouleur

    My first road bike was a Cannondale R900 that was too big. Loved that bike! Would be nice to ride custom Al. As it stands, having a 1 year old son makes me dream of more time for riding, not another bike!

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