It’s true – there really is gold at the end of a rainbow…
“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.
Hydraulic disc brakes take care of stopping duties – especially useful off- road