The Ske­iron felt sprightly and re­spon­sive, al­though it wasn’t quite up to top-end car­bon stan­dards

Cyclist - - Bike | Van Nicholas -

and vi­bra­tions jolted a lit­tle through the frame. Drop­ping the tyre pres­sure to just be­low 80psi helped to smooth things out. On bet­ter main­tained roads I found the Ske­iron did a good job of fil­ter­ing out the low-level buzz of the tar­mac. On quiet days I could hear the ti­ta­nium hum as it ab­sorbed the sur­face be­neath. That nat­u­ral com­pli­ance in the frame also meant it tracked the road tightly, helped in part by the sup­ple Vre­destein Fortezza tyres.

In terms of power de­liv­ery, I was glad the Ske­iron falls near the stiffer end of the ti­ta­nium spec­trum. It felt sprightly and re­spon­sive, al­though it wasn’t quite up to top-end car­bon stan­dards - the sen­sa­tion of sprint­ing was a lit­tle slug­gish.

When it came to de­scend­ing, I found the Ske­iron didn’t goad me into ag­gres­sive cor­ner­ing, but in­stead of­fered a re­as­sur­ing level of han­dling. I felt con­fi­dent that the disc brakes and tyres would al­ways see me stop com­fort­ably, even on rough and wet sur­faces, while the frame al­ways felt well con­nected to the road.

On the money

For all its modern tech, the Ske­iron is ac­tu­ally a very rea­son­ably priced ti­ta­nium frame­set at €2,099 (ap­prox £1,850). How­ever, the ver­sion I tested, was a con­sid­er­ably more wal­letdrain­ing £8,144 once it was fully built. For that sort of money, I might in­stead con­sider go­ing with a slightly less dra­matic spec and opt­ing for some­thing with cus­tom ge­om­e­try.

To the com­mit­ted bike snob, the Ske­iron may not sit up there with the big ti­ta­nium brands such as Pas­soni, Moots or Seven, but re­ally it shouldn’t be judged by the same stan­dards.

With elec­tronic gears, hy­draulic brakes and Fea-de­signed tubes, the Ske­iron feels more like a fu­ture-proofed car­bon en­durance racer from one of the big brands, but with the con­sid­er­able added charm and dura­bil­ity of ti­ta­nium. For many, that will be well worth the pre­mium price.

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