Road or Gravel
The two versions of the Paradox use similar geometry and share some riding characteristics, but their different tubing profiles result in bikes that are optimised for either road or gravel riding. Both designs place a big emphasis on comfort. Why? Put simply, comfort affects performance. Vertical vibrations rob you of momentum and reduce control. They also reduce your body’s ability to deliver power efficiently. You are the engine on a bike. If you are not working efficiently, then neither is your bike.
Both our frames can be bought as standard or customised to your needs (including disc or caliper brakes).
The Paradox 28 is the best flat bar road bike in the world. It offers sensational speed and comfort for road riding; its extra light frame delivers excellent control and grip and its acceleration is just plain grin-inducing .“One of the snappiest bikes off the line I’ve ever ridden” - road.cc. The danger in calling it the ultimate city bike (which it is) is that it’s so much more. It’s a brilliant tourer and you’ll love dropping your drop-bar friends on the hills and around town. Why not treat yourself to a 7.5kg bike that will enable you to ride faster and further in more comfort?
The Paradox 38 is a flat bar gravel bike. It uses larger gauge titanium tubing to increase strength and rigidity and can take larger tyres (38mm on 700c or a whopping 50mm on 650b wheels). It’s a fast go-anywhere bike that makes cycling a dynamic and rewarding experience. With it you can break free and take off into the wilderness on any dirt track. But it’s also great around town and its strength makes it ideal for touring. It’s a bike that will take you where you want to go.
Speed and comfort are ensured by getting the details right.
- Larger tyres (within reason) are faster in real world cycling conditions. For us the 28mm is the perfect sweet spot for road use, but gravel riders will need something more like 38mm or above.
- Large diameter chain stays that are increase lateral rigidity giving the bike superb climbing ability and acceleration.
- dropouts further help create a laterally stiff rear triangle by providing a large weld and mitre area. Bolt through axles are also an option.
- The finest Grade 9 3AL 2.5V Seamless Double Butted Titanium is renowned for lightness, and durability. Our '28' frame weighs just 1350 grams but will last as long as you do.
- Precisely mitred joints. Our tubes are precisely cut, allowing the One of the current trends with titanium frames is to polish the welds until they are smooth. This is in fact a good way of hiding mediocre welding! With our frames you can see each beautiful weld in all its glory, like perfectly overlapping fish scales. Welding of this quality is only achieved by a craftsman with decades of experience. We leave our welds raw, as we have nothing to hide. to create a joint that is not only stronger but neater as well. This gives the frame that added snap when accelerating and a great ability to climb.
- Subtle shaping of the main tube increases lateral stiffness. We do When you squeeze a round tube into an oval you strengthen it in one axis but weaken it in the other. Therefore, it’s vital that a balance is made between deforming the tube to create a joint that is stiffer in the specific plane desired and loss of strength in other planes. Our tube shaping is driven by the need to create a super bike, not by a marketing department. .
- 560/600mm straight handlebars (particularly when used with bar ends) open up the rider’s chest and enable them to breath more deeply and thus take on more oxygen. This is particularly noticeable on the climbs.
- Titanium does not lose its performance over time, so your bike stays as It is reputed that some pro riders ditch their carbon frames after just one month, as they start to lose their edge. Ti just keeps on going. as the day you bought it.
Comfort and Control
- The frame can be specified to use We recommend: Schwalbe Pro One 28mm tubeless. These weigh in at just 290g and inflate up to an actual 30mm of speed and comfort. For gravel riding the Schwalbe G-One 38 offers a great balance between weight and performance. The extra volume of these tyres provides more comfort and greater control and grip.
- By not overinflating your tyres you will transform the ride, grip and comfort of your bike. This is very important - see our recommended tyre pressure for more information.
- The Paradox is made from titanium, which is renowned for its comfort.
- The compact frame The top tube slopes down as it travels from the head tube towards the saddle. results in significantly more seat post being extended from the frame. This allows it to flex slightly and help take the edge off any bumps. By using a smaller diameter 27.2mm seat post on both frames we have increased this comfort advantage further.
- Straight handlebars. The extra width of these bars provides more flex and helps reduce buzz and numb hands.
- A hand built British bike is a thing of beauty. The unpainted titanium tubes have a classy gun metal finish that does not chip like paint.
- The compact frame style, with gently sloping top tube, is equally attractive to male and female cyclists.
- Tube diameters can be increased for heavy riders.
- Titanium does not rust or corrode.
- Stand out from the crowd – ride a bike that is not only different, but different because it was designed by a cyclist, and not a When a well-respected independent bike company was taken over by a big manufacturer, the new owner is rumoured to have asked: “It seems to us that you just built bikes that you wanted to ride.” The founder is said to have responded “Of course I just built bikes I wanted to ###### ride.” Your spirit lives on, brother..
- The frame comes with a lifetime warranty.