An Italian Bond

 

Yes, Bond gets very cultured this week with a trip to Turin, Italy!

"Emma Pooley on Racing in the Rockies, Gravel Phobias and Coffee Cravings" in Total Women's Cycling

"Emma Pooley on Racing in the Rockies, Gravel Phobias and Coffee Cravings" in Total Women's Cycling

Great interview here from Total Women's Cycling given by Emma Pooley, Bond Ambassador and athlete extraordinaire, on winning the Mavic Haute Route Rockies.

In the interview she talks about her toughest challenge at the event:

"Lack of coffee! This was far and away my main problem. At the European Haute Routes there is usually a coffee van selling real coffee pre-stage, but sadly not in the Rockies. They should certainly arrange that next year because American hotel breakfast coffee is terrible. It shouldn’t even be called coffee!"

Agreed! 

Read the full article here. 

Emma Pooley wins Haute Route Rockies, beats the men on the Queen stage

Emma Pooley wins Haute Route Rockies, beats the men on the Queen stage

Bond Ambassador Emma Pooley took 6 of 7 stage wins in the Women's category at the 2017 Haute Route Rockies, managing along the way to become the first ever female to beat the men in all Haute Route events by winning the gruelling Queen's Stage on the 5th day, beating the first placed man by over 30 seconds, earning herself a standing ovation at the awards ceremony later that night. 

Emma riding solo in pursuit of anther win.

Emma riding solo in pursuit of anther win.

Emma's performance was all the ore remarkable as much of the event's 840km and 15,000m of climbing was done largely on gravel roads, the like of which she had never ridden before. 

Included in the Women's field were some good riders and the Men's had some recently retired pro riders and top elite amateurs, whom she dropped on Stage 5 in a remarkable performance that astounded many competitors and followers - but not Emma herself! 

We say this just about every time we post about Emma but it's worth saying again, it is a pleasure to be supporting such a dedicated and talented rider and all-round nice person. 

Well done Emma!

Also for us here at Bond, this win was further conformation of not only the strength of our frameset but also of its suitability to various conditions, especially when you consider that some competitors at the event had two an sometimes three different bikes with them to help them cope with the widely varying terrain.

Stay tuned for more to come from Emma herself on her ride at Haute Route Rockies. 

Stunning scenery at the Haute Route Rockies. 

Stunning scenery at the Haute Route Rockies. 

Emma receives her well-earned standing ovation.

Emma receives her well-earned standing ovation.

CyclingTips Review of a Bond.Bike

CyclingTips Review of a Bond.Bike

Matt Wikstrom, technical editor of the world's leading website CyclingTips, has just published a comprehensive review of the Bond frameset we sent to him some months back. We waited (kind of) patiently, slightly nervously (as anyone would), but then, after reading the review, we are thrilled with the outcome!

Our Bond.Bike received a 9.2/10 on its overall rating (edging out just about every one of the more well known handbuilt frames out there and plenty of off-the-peg brands), and a 10/10 for the function rating. 

Some quotes from Matt:

"As expected, I was immediately comfortable on the Bond. The bike exhibited all of the hallmark qualities that aluminium is known for, so it was stiff, light, and very nimble. Perhaps most satisfying was the way the stout chassis refused to yield to my efforts, providing instead, a satisfying surge in speed.

"While part of me understood that it was futile, I tried to find the limits of the Bond’s explosive abilities. I just ended up punishing myself in the process but I couldn’t resist the bike’s potent blend of agility and responsiveness. Plus, rocketing along on the bike was an absolute thrill."

"My enthusiasm for the Bond did not wane during the review period, which I count as a positive sign for any bike. Aside from being both exciting and a pleasure to ride, there was never any rattling or creaking to distract me. Whether or not that will change over time, I cannot say, but I can’t think of anything that I’d want to improve upon."

"I have been waiting for a company like Bond to come along and fill what has been an obvious hole in the bespoke frame-building market. By taking advantage of Taiwanese manufacturing and opting for aluminium alloy, Bond’s framesets achieve a tempting sweet spot in terms of price, performance and customisation."

Click here to read the full review and see some stunning images of Matt's Bond. 

 

EMMA POOLEY REVIEWS HER CUSTOM MADE BOND ROAD BIKE

EMMA POOLEY REVIEWS HER CUSTOM MADE BOND ROAD BIKE

Emma Pooley reviews her Bond road bike, designed with input from the former World Champion to accommodate her specific needs and requests. Over to Emma...

 

Bond bike review, by Emma Pooley

What to say about a bike that one has (partly) designed oneself? What is there to say except that it’s totally perfect?


Well, not quite. But almost. Perfect would be being able to reach the handlebar, with zero toe crossover… and that would require smaller wheels (which, on my road bike, I decided against in order to make road racing feasible (spare wheels!)) or me growing about 10cm (too late, I fear). Compromises are always going to be necessary at my size, on 700c wheels. So yes, there is some toe crossover - but I’m used to it. For an uncompromising fit, I have my Bond TT bike with 650c Sense Composite wheels [coming soon].!

 


But the Bond road bike comes as close as possible. The fit is perfect - after a few rides playing around with saddle setback and handlebar position, I’m now confident that this is the best fit EVER of a road bike for me. To even have the option of changing saddle setback is an exciting novelty!


It has to be said that the handling took some getting used to, and with the fork rake I chose it is a little twitchy at the front end. But that’s simply because it is so different to my previous bike. The primary impression is that the bike is responsive, quick to move when I kick down on the pedals, and so smooth to ride too! That’s not what I expected for an aluminium frame - and with alu handlebar too (after I crushed one carbon handlebar despite careful use of a torque meter, I decided I can’t be trusted with anything other than aluminium on a bike that I frequently dismantle and reassemble to travel!). I think this lovely ride feel is a testament to the excellent job Bond has done with the quality of the aluminium and the welding. 


And there’s objective as well as subjective approval for the Bond.Bike! QOMs in Mallorca, mainland Spain, and at home in Switzerland, on climbs I’ve been training on for years. Even if I don’t care about Strava QOMs (well, of course I kind of do, doesn’t everyone?!) that is rather satisfying feedback.


I have to admit that what makes the Bond.Bike even nicer to ride is the regular positive comment it garners from other cyclists. It really is a very eye-catching and beautiful bike, literally one of a kind. I am rather proud of it! And it gathers enthusiastic approval from fellow “vertically challenged” riders that I meet everywhere. Small cyclists: you don’t have to put up with mainstream brand mis-fitting frames!

New Bond images on Instagram

New Bond images on Instagram

We've had some great photos sent in from Bond riders around the world recently, be sure to check out our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/bond.bike/. 

 

Bond.Bike in Japan!

Bond.Bike in Japan!

Whilst recently on a trip to Japan with his photographer friend Paolo Penni Martelli, one of the Bond co-founders, Lee Rodgers, squeezed in a bit of riding up in Matsushima with his local friend, Toru Watanabe. 

Matsushima is about 300km north of central Tokyo. Lee and Paolo rode, they ate ("Too much!"), they drank ("Not too much..!"), they had a heck of a time, Paolo took some awesome photos, and you can read all about Day One of their tour  below.

All images courtesy of Paolo Penni Martelli. 

 

CyclingTips announce Emma Pooley to ride Bond.Bike in 2017!

CyclingTips announce Emma Pooley to ride Bond.Bike in 2017!

Emma Pooley explains just why here road and TT Bond bicycles are so special, and delivers her verdict on the road bike:

"Best bike I've ever ridden"!

High praise indeed. Click 'view post' to see the whole article, thank you.

Why We Ride

Why We Ride

"You ride because you fell in love with the most beautiful, the most epic, the daftest, the most furious, the most poetic, romantic, brutal, life-affirming and soul-destroying sport of all, the sport that drives its flawed geniuses to destruction and its devotees to distraction."

Read more here, please click 'view post'. 

Visit the BOND Instagram Page

Visit the BOND Instagram Page

If you'd like to see more images of Bond bicycles, please head to our Bond.Bike Instagram page.  Here you can see some images of our full custom geometry frames being welded and also see some Bonds out in the wild, and perhaps get some ideas for color schemes for your own Bond.

Please feel free to follow us on Instagram and remember to use the hashtag #bondbike.

Many thanks!