The Scottish round of this year’s
Grinduro event was held a few weeks ago on the Isle of Arran, and it was a complete success, especially for The Bicycle Academy, who presented the work of three frame builders as part of an annual competition.
The Grinduro frame builder’s competition was initiated three years ago by The Bicycle Academy to showcase between three and five builders’ skill and creativity each year — and for a chance to have some fun at the same time.
Previous lineups have included Ricky from
Feather Cycles, Adeline of
Mercredi Bikes, Tom at
Donhou Cycles and the
Field Cycles crew. Pi Manson of
Clandestine was selected for 2019, along with Andy Carr at
Spoon Customs, and
TBA’s Tom Sturdy also submitted a couple of frames on behalf of the Academy. The institution tutors so many students, it was a rare opportunity to actually enjoy the fruit of their own labor.
Their GXC takes 90s era cross-country racing as its inspiration, from the Columbus tubing to the long-fade paint, which was turned around by Jason Rourke at
Blue Whippet in under 24 hours.
Cannondale’s Lefty Ocho fork is also a design reminiscent of the era, as are the HOPE components and Ritchey finishing kit — albeit in a brand name. The GXC rode the challenging course expertly, no doubt due in no small part to Tom’s ability.
As a cyclist, brazing your own frame is one of the most satisfying things you could do. The Bicycle Academy, located in Frome, is the UK’s premier frame building academy, not only offering a range of courses but affordable jigs and tooling for the aspiring builder.
The Bicycle Academy
Massive thanks to
Adam Gasson for the photography.