SVEN CY­CLES

It’s true – there re­ally is gold at the end of a rain­bow…

Urban Cyclist - - Bespoked -

“I looked to the an­i­mal king­dom for in­spi­ra­tion re­gard­ing pat­terns and colours… and de­cided on a fish!”

Pos­si­bly the most ex­trav­a­gant-look­ing bike at Bespoked was the Candy, de­signed and built by Dorset-based Sven Cy­cles. “It’s con­structed from Reynolds 953 and fea­tures in­ter­nal rout­ing through­out,” says Sven founder Dar­ron Cop­pin, who works with top de­signer An­drew ‘Mog’ Mog­ford down in Wey­mouth. The stun­ning bike’s de­signed for life­long cy­clist Tony Sil­ver who wanted some­thing that would ef­fort­lessly morph from cruis­ing on the roads to blast­ing through the woods. That’s why the frame’s de­signed around a min­i­mum tyre of 32mm. “Be­low that, the bot­tom-bracket drop would sim­ply sit too low,” adds Cop­pin. “When you run it up to 38mm, it lifts things up nicely, which is what you want off-road.” The Candy’s built up with a 1x11 SRAM Force groupset, a Wound Up fork [from Salt Lake City] and Chris King R45 disk hubs laced to H+Son Hy­dra rims. Ab­so­lute Black’s oval chain­ring takes care of power-trans­fer du­ties and it’s Salsa Cowchip­per bars up­front. “Which is all great,” we hear you ask, “but what about that paint job?” Over to Sil­ver. “I looked to the an­i­mal king­dom for in­spi­ra­tion re­gard­ing pat­terns and colour schemes. I like the Coral Snake pat­tern and found the com­bi­na­tion of colours I liked on pho­tos of a fish. I en­listed the ser­vices of ex-pro DH racer Alistair McLean at Fat Cre­ations down in Sus­sex, who spent over 60hrs fol­low­ing my brief, al­beit I al­lowed him a lit­tle lee­way!” So is Sil­ver happy with the end re­sult? “I’m com­pletely thrilled with this sim­ply su­perb bike, which I con­sider to be a unique sym­bio­sis of art and util­ity,” he says. “It rides ev­ery bit as good as it looks.” Hence, why Sil­ver’s clocked up over 10,000 miles in just eight months, many of them around the coun­try­side roads of his New­bury home.

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Hy­draulic disc brakes take care of stop­ping du­ties – es­pe­cially use­ful off- road

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