Bristol based bicycle manufacturer, Temple Cycles has just launched the latest model in its lineup; The Adventure Disc. Two years of intensive research and design has culminated in a bike that is capable of anything from muddy off-road rides to loaded touring to fast weekend trips and lightweight bikepacking.
You might remember news over on road.cc this time last year where Temple Cycles hit their crowdfunding target of £150,000 in just days and the new bike is just one part of the product of the investment, the others being to hire and train new staff, research UK manufacturing and expand Temple Cycles’ facilities. The bike company grew from the founder, Matt's, bicycle restoration business into a brand selling modern bikes with a classic aesthetic for town, country, touring and road riding directly to customers.
We're suckers for a steel bike here at off-road.cc and road.cc and the Adventure Disc is no exception to the rule. The steel frame is made from Reynolds 725 tubing and Temple say it has been rigorously designed and tested going through many iterations until finally working out the ideal geometry for a truly versatile and rugged bike. It has plenty of clearance for large tyres, all the braze ons you need for long trips and a host of well specced and considered component choices.
“We’re really excited to get the Adventure Disc into the hands of riders. The design comes out of my own love of getting off the beaten track, so I’ve designed the bike to handle anything you can throw at it. The Adventure Disc is a reliable, versatile and comfortable companion.” Matt - Founder
The frames of the Adventure Disc model are handmade in small batches in Taiwan and then finished here in the UK, being painted in Somerset with the finishing touches including head badge being applied at Temple Cycles. The guys then build up the bikes to the customer specification in Bristol, bespoke options are available to every customer.
The Adventure Disc also stands out from the crowd by offering a tubeless ready, handbuilt custom wheelset. Temple Cycles say they recognised that bikes in the adventure category at the £1600 price point are usually fitted with low quality wheels, meaning its one of the first things riders look to upgrade. The handbuilt wheels chosen for the Adventure Disc retail at £429, and are built by local wheel building specialist Ryan Downes (RyanBuildsWheels), with high levels of precision and perfect tension. These wheels won’t need upgrading.
- Reynolds 725 steel frame
- Hand-built custom wheelset
- Shimano 105 groupset
- TRP Spyre Discs (it had to be cable discs for an adventure bike - no middle-of-nowhere issues with hydraulics, thank you!)
- Schwalbe G-One tyres
- Flared drop bars
- Brooks B17 saddle and leather bar wrap
The RRP is £1595 for a complete bike, or £395 for a frameset, in one of four sizes (S-XL). Orders can now be placed through the Temple Cycles website or by contacting the team on firstname.lastname@example.org. So if you fancy a steel adventure bike, lovingly hand built in the UK for many comfortable miles get across to the website now and see what Matt and the team can do for you!
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