Following the launch of the Stooshie and Stoater frames at Bespoked Bristol earlier this year, Shand will be heading to Bike Blenheim Palace this weekend to launch the new Skinnymalinky road frame, but we can bring you a sneak peek today.
Fillet brazed from Reynolds 852 the frame is built for year-round and long distance riding. Basically, it's built to be fast yet comfortable, the frame is versatile enough to be used in summer sportives yet in the winter can don mudguards.
Each frame will be hand built at Shand's workshop in central Scotland and will cost £960 for the frame, and £140 for the fork. The complete bike shown with Campagnolo Athena will be around £2,800. Expect a delivery of around 6-8 weeks.
It'll accept 28mm tyres with mudguards fitted and there's some lovely details in evidence, just look at those polished stainless dropouts. Mudguard mounts and bottle bosses are standard but other braze-ons can be specified, along with hand-built forks.
As for the colour, well Shand haven't made up their mind just yet. They do know that base colours will be more subtle than those used on the Stoater and Stooshie. Custom colours and graphics are also possible for a small extra charge.
Shand have been building frames in Scotland since 2003, the company gets its name from founder Steven Shand. Their speciality is hand-built steel production frames and completely custom frames built to order are available too.
This short video gives a good insight as to the brand and it's direction.
Check out their website for more info www.shandcycles.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.