The Paradox is available as a frame only for £1,850. Or we can build up your frame into a complete bike to your specification. Use the contact form if you wish to discuss your build. Remember the standard Paradox can only be used with flat handlebars, but if you want drop bars we can build you a custom frame.
Equipment we like includes:
Forks – you need a fork with a 370mm fork Measured from the crown race to the axle. to work safely with a 28mm tyre. We recommend forks that use a curved blade as they usually offer a more comfortable ride. Two of our favourites that work with 28mm tyres are:
These full carbon forks weigh in at only 360 grams and are reasonably priced.
These are a little heavier then the Genetic but are wonderfully compliant and look a million dollars.
Wheelsets – We recommend going tubeless as you save weight, have less rolling resistance and get fewer punctures. Shimano Ultegra are exceptionally good value and tubeless ready, but we really love the Pro-Lite Bortola A 21 tubeless wheels as they have a slightly wider rim that helps maximise the benefit of 28mm tyres - and they are 150 grams lighter than the Ultegra. Shimano Dura Ace are even lighter at just 1387 grams per pair. Good wheels are more important than top spec gears.
Groupset – Why not go minimalist and fit a 42 tooth crank combined with a X1 11-36 eleven speed cogset, shifter and derailleur – very light and great for the ultimate city bike. A more traditional option would be Shimano Ultegra which offers a superb mix of quality and value. If you are tight on funds, Shimano 105 is a bargain, and of course Dura Ace is lust-worthy. The bike can be fitted with a triple chainset for those who want the maximum gear range.
Shifters – SRAM have a large range of quality German engineered Trigger Shifters that are designed to work with their very precise rear mechs. We particularly like the X1, which offers high end performance at a reasonable price. Many people do not know that Shimano make an Ultegra spec flat bar 10 speed shifter as well as the more common Tiagra. The Shimano SL-RS700 shifters are quality 11 speed option.
Brakes – SRAM's Force Caliper is a classy, powerful and lightweight option. Shimano Ultegra levers and calipers are also powerful and good value.
Tyres – Schwalbe Pro One 28mm tubeless are our favourite. Tubeless is definitely the way to go: lighter, lower rolling resistance, greater comfort and fewer punctures.
Flat Bars – Carbon or titanium are equally good. We recommend either 560, 580 or 600mm width.
Seat post – go for a carbon post with at least 15mm layback. You could go for a titanium post, but you may find it a bit ‘springy’.
Mudguards – Mudguard braze-ons can be requested as an extra cost option. Fitting mudguards will reduce the maximum usable tyre size to 25mm. We recommend using Raceblade Pro XL's or an Ass Saver as these allows a full width 28mm tyre to be used.
Rack – Rack braze-ons are also an option.