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  • So my work have joined the c2w scheme, and I’m tempted to make use of it. I’d be buying a frame and building it up, probably, as they will be limiting the voucher amount to £2k. There’s also major availability issues at the moment, as we all know.

    I’m tempted by a Mason Resolution; I like the looks, the stack and reach combination/ratio is one I know works well for me and it’s well reviewed for comfort and ride quality without being an upright cruiser. The problem is, it’s a bit heavier than I’d like, even for steel (cyclingtips suggests 2.2kg for the frame only) and the geometry is a bit forward heavy.

    Has anyone got any suggestions for alternatives? I’d prefer metal, something a little different, disc brake and not much more than £1500 (edit for clarity: £1500 for the FRAME, and probably take my time building it up, buying the parts gradually as things I like turn up on eBay/the classifieds etc). This won’t be a weight weenie build by any means (if indeed it happens at all) but I’d like to be able to get the full bike to below 8.5kg with pedals etc.

    Ta.

  • Bowman weald is decent and reasonably light without the Mason price tag.
    Mason resolution or definition are still great, if expensive.
    CAAD13 would make a good endurance frame, big stack compared with the old.
    Edmonda ALR is pretty light but no mudguards. Purple looks fantastic if you can find one.
    There's probably a disc braked, endurance steel frame in every wank hipster brand you can think of if you're into such things.

  • Lol @ wank hipster brand. Funnily enough a mate (sort of, long story) has just taken delivery of a Stayer gravel bike and I must admit I can’t see what the fuss is about.

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