The Crust has left me with a bike shaped hole to fill.
While I had some great fun with it, I missed the responsiveness and pick up of my road bike. The 853 steel gave a great ride and I’ll be sticking with disk brakes. So the search was on for a steel, disk road bike that could take ~35mm rubber.
Of course lead times at the moment are crazy, so I’d resigned myself to a long wait before anything would be available. I looked at the Endurance and Grails from Canyon, and was close to a frame deposit with Ricky Feather when I found the Fairlight Strael.
I expect many forumengers will have seen the glowing reviews this bike has got for its ride quality, attention to detail and versatility since being released several years back. The Strael is now on version 3.0, and an Ultegra specced build in my size is due in stock in July 2022.
Won over by the ethos of the company and their focus on do-anything bikes that prioritise function over form, as well as the seemingly unanimous praise of the bike from reviewers, I was about to pay the £750 deposit and begin my 10 month wait, when I thought to check the classifieds...