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Fairlight announces Secan 2.0 with a brand new fork design alongside increased integration for wire routing

The frameset uses Reynolds 853 tubing while the full carbon fork is brand new

Fairlight’s Secan was a highly adaptable adventure road bike that could be built up to be a rugged off-road bikepacker, or shod with slick tyres and a set of mudguards for commuting duties, and the Secan 2.0 looks to be continuing the theme – it's a capable steel bike that can be loaded up with bags and bottles for multi-day bike packing trips, with a brand new carbon fork.

The Secon 2.0 sits in the middle of Fairlight’s range in terms of capability, with the Strael 2.0 for road riding and the recently released Faran 2.0 designed for do-it-all adventure riding.

Fairlight Secan 2.0 mounting

The main change for the 2.0 version is the brand new fork, though there have also been some smaller changes to add to the increased amount of cable integration that sees the cable for the rear light disappear into the driveside chainstay.

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Fairlight says that the geometry of the frame remains the same, though the new fork may alter things slightly. Speaking of that new fork, Fairlight has moved from buying in an ‘off-the-peg’ fork to their own design, giving them complete control of the front end of the bike.

The new Cempa 2.0 fork “is more or less identical in shape and form to the original Cempa fork” but now features the addition of pack mounts along with a fully-sleeved internal routing channel for a front dynamo light. This has been designed around a 3.5mm Son co-axial wire but it's also compatible with 3x4mm Supernova wire. Fairlight says that “a long list of tiny updates” has also been made to the fork which it claims “improves the form and the ease of manufacturing.”

Fairlight Secan 2.0 front crown

The Cempa 2.0 fork has an axle to crown height of 398mm and a rake of 50mm. The claimed tyre clearance means that you should be able to run a 27.5in x 61mm tyre or a 700c x 51mm tyre. With mudguards that drops to a 27.5in x 55mm tyre or a 700c x 45mm tyre.

If you’re planning on loading up the front of your bike, Fairlight says that you’ve got 3kg to play with on each leg. The fork is also complete with eyelets for mudguards, a dynamo light mount at the front of the crown and an M5 thread on the back of the crown for the mudguard. Running through the left fork leg is also a fully-sleeved internal disc hose routing channel.

The claimed weight for the new fork is 520g without the axle. Add in the axle and eight steel bolts for the various mounting points and that weight rises to a claimed 580g.

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For the frame, Fairlight sources the tubing from Birmingham and uses a mix of custom butted and formed Reynolds 853 and 853-DZB (double zonal butted) tubes for the front triangle. There is also a custom 0.8/0.5./0.8 Reynolds 853 top tube, 1.0/0.8/0.5/0.8 Reynolds 853 Gravel DZB down tube and a custom formed 4130 rear end consisting of 19mm round chainstays at 0.9mm wall thickness and 14mm non-taper seatstays at 0.8mm wall thickness.

Fairlight Secan 2.0 integration

Like the Faran 2.0, the Secan 2.0 gets some lovely details that suggest that designer Dom Thomas understands what each bike will be used for. One of the examples of this can be found under the down tube, just below the lower headset cup in the form of the Modular Cable Guide. This 3D printed piece is customisable to your setup and offers a solution for everything from 2X mechanical shifting through to internal Di2 wiring and rear light.

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Fairlight Secan 2.0 rear dropout

The rear disc calliper mounting area also features a classy detail. Fairlight has collaborated with Mark Bentley to design the dropout area using a “combination of laser-cut steel plate, turned stainless steel inserts and CNC machined aluminium brake mount to produce a dropout that is light, functional and elegant.”

The Secan 2.0 is finished with three bottle cage mounting points, rear rack mounts, 100x12mm front axle, 142x12mm rear axle, mudguard mounts, a 28.6mm band-on front derailleur hanger for optional 1X setup, a 27.2mm seat post and a 68mm threaded bottom bracket shell.

Fairlight Secan 2.0 Geometry

Framesets start at £1,199 with a Shimano GRX 600 1X/2X build starting at £2,249. Sizes range from a 51 through to a 61 with regular and tall options in each size. 

We’ll be asking Dom to set us one aside, so look out for the review.

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Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago

If this rides and behaves anything like my Strael it will be pure loveliness.

You want to get in fast though - most Fairlight stuff is on 3-6 months order already.  Some Strael variants were showing as July 2021 when I checked last week.  indecision

themuffle | 3 years ago
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This is lovely, however I just wish they would paint the forks to match....

EddyBerckx replied to themuffle | 3 years ago
themuffle wrote:

This is lovely, however I just wish they would paint the forks to match....

Pretty sure they offer that as an option

OnYerBike replied to EddyBerckx | 3 years ago

It's certainly not a standard option for the Secan, and none of the photos in the lookbook/social media feature painted forks as far as I can remember. It looks like you can get the Strael with colour matched forks in Orange only.

themuffle replied to EddyBerckx | 3 years ago

No they don't. I think it looks a bit unfinished. I mean you only have to look at all the big bike companies and you can see that is not what people want. Their bikes would look so much better all one colour. I could (almost, but still not) understand it if they had a lovely carbon weave to see. 

DomThomas replied to themuffle | 3 years ago

Hi there, we all have different tastes and that is great. Personally i really like the raw uni-directional finish of the fork, it shows off the quality of the prooduct. There is as much design in the fork as there is in the frame and the Cempa 2.0 really is a fantastic product. In the most part our customers really like the aesthetic. I learnt long ago that you can't please everyone.

hopster replied to DomThomas | 3 years ago

Are the clearances correct on the article? On the Fairlight website it says the following. 

  • Tyre clearance with 1x (based on actual measured tyre width) – 650 x 57 or 700 x 50
  • Tyre clearance with 1x and mudguards – 650×55 or 700×45
  • Tyre clearance with 2x – 650 x 57 or 700 x 47
  • Tyre clearance with 2x and mudguards – 650 x 48 or 700 x 42 (based on an Ultegra R8000 front derailleur)

Love the frame and the well thought out features BTW. 

DomThomas replied to hopster | 3 years ago

Hi there, the clearances in the article refer to the Cempa 2.0 fork which we also sell as a stand alone product. The info on the website is correct and refers to the frame. It is quite common on this style of bike that the fork will be able to accept a larger tyre [than the frame] as it doesnt have the real estate issues with chainrings, seat tube, front derailleur etc. The frame accepts 2.2" 650b tyres with good and proper clearance. Hope this helps and cheers for the kind words. Dom

JohnnyEnglish replied to DomThomas | 3 years ago
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Always good to see the manufacturers engage with readers. FWIW as potential customer feedback I also love the bike but the forks are the just not doing it for me. Would be great to have colour options. Thanks.

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