UK bespoke bike builder Spoon Customs says the ongoing increase in the price of bikes from mainstream brands means its built-to-order bikes are now no more expensive than one bought off the shelf.
Its new Sestriere is designed to prove that point. It has a high-spec build equipped with a SRAM Rival eTap AXS 12-speed wireless groupset and Zipp 303S carbon wheels, along with carbon bars and seatpost.
Spoon says the Sestriere costs less than £5,000, and less than $5,000 / €5,000 excluding duties and shipping. A frame-only option retails from £1,895. A scandium frame
The Sestriere is an alloy bike frame built in Italy from a mix of Dedacciai scandium and 7005 tubing.
Spoon says “the geometric template of the Sestriere Scandium is straight from Spoon’s acclaimed Vars and brings that intuitive handling to a scandium chassis, opening the opportunity to own a fully custom bike to more customers.”
BikeRadar asked Spoon why it chose to use scandium and Andy Carr, the founder of the company, replied “scandium increases yield strength over aluminium and has an improved fatigue life, specifically over weld areas.”
Spoon also says the frames can be built lighter than a standard alloy frame, resulting in a stiff, responsive frame without it being harsh to ride.The only area of the frame that scandium isn’t used for is the chainstays, according to Spoon, because the 7005 aluminium used delivers the desired properties.Spoon is attempting to rival the Specialized Allez Sprint with the Sestriere. We asked the brand how the scandium construction […]