Set Up

The standard Paradox frame costs £1,975 - see the 'buy iy know' page for more information or use the contact form if you wish to discuss your build requirements. 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 length to work safely with a 28mm tyre. Our current favourite is the Columbus Futura Caliper SL. This quality fork looks superb, weighs around 350grams and works with standard drop brakes. The Enigma C-Six CX-DSC Tapered Disc Fork is our favourite gravel fork.

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, Pro-Lite make some great value wheel and Mavic have a wheel for every rider. Good wheels are more important than top spec gears.

Groupset – Why not go minimalist and fit a SRAM Force 1 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 tubeless are our favourite 28mm tyre and the Schwalbe G-One Tubeless 38mm is our favourite gravel tyre. 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 (depending on how wide your shoulders are). 

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 a small extra cost option. Fitting mudguards may reduce the maximum usable tyre size. We recommend using Raceblade Pro XL's or an Ass Saver as these allows a full width tyres to be used.

Rack – Rack braze-ons are also an option.

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