Frame of the Week - Blacksmith Gravel

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We have been working hard to find and build a network of some of the worlds finest bike dealers. Dealers need to specialise in bike fitting and have a great understanding of high quality products and custom bikes. Toronto’s Blacksmith Cycle were one of the first to come on board.

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This is their shop demo sample and will also be their head mechanics new Gravel Adventure machine for hitting the wilds around Toronto.

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The paint brief was for something ‘Pollack Inspired’,  you might think this is just flinging a bit of paint around, and to some extent it is. There is also a heap of work involved sanding and finishing so that it all looks unified.  Fortunately the results were definitely worth it. 

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The frame is now on its way to Canada and we look forward to some pics of the full build and the bike getting dirty once delivered.

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In-depth Independent Review From Cycling Tips

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Featured this week was an in-depth review from our friends at CYCLING TIPS, Australia's premier cycling website and information hub.

The ROAD DISC bicycle was put through its paces by one of their elite. Here is a bit of the reviewer had to say:

“Incredibly smooth, like sliding down the glassy face of a Perfect wave"

"for those that truly enjoy a bike that doesn¹t provide any feedback from the road, Plane¹s custom road disc frame is unrivaled.”

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And finally, a word from one of their readers:

"Sorry to bring all the innovation, engineering and buyer psychology debate down to my level... but that bike is bloody lovely. And we must never underestimate the power of the 'bloody lovely' quotient in any bicycle related decision making process."

You can read the ARTICLE IN FULL HERE.

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Bike of the Week - Less Is More

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A few weeks ago we posted a bike that had a completely rebuilt 3D cad model to enable us to bring a range of refinements together and streamline our process. Upon completion of this bike we, realised that there were a few design elements that could be taken still further. So with the adaptability of our production technique on our side, we rebuilt the model again with this weeks feature being the result.

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Visually we are seeking to create a very clean and simple design with a contemporary feel. Using a "less is more" approach as per all good modern design. We have simplified the frame shape and tube profiles to give us the aesthetic we were looking for. Good design can never be only based on looks though, all of our revisions have function as their core driver with this new version of the frame now being both stronger and stiffer, as well as easier to manufacture.

From now, all our new frames will be developed from this platform. There will of course continue to be minor refinements and tuning in our endless quest for perfection, as well as a couple of exciting new models soon to be released. 

Stay tuned.

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