THREE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE... J.LAV­ER­ACK R J.ACK DISC III £8230 The solid sad­dle

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Its de­tail­ing

J.Lav­er­ack’s R J.ack Disc fea­tures a hand­made 3AL/2.5V ti­ta­nium frame with dou­ble-butted main tri­an­gle, flat­tened top tube and curvy, chunky stays. The masked-off graph­ics shine through the bead-blasted opaque fin­ish, while the seat-tube has an etched Grif­fin and the frame’s date of man­u­fac­ture, plus each bike is num­bered. This one is ‘No.15’ of 50.

Its ride qual­ity

The R J.ack Disc’s race ge­om­e­try en­sures this is no soft han­dling, flexy num­ber. With ENVE’s road disc fork, a stout, straight head-tube and frame tubes with life in them, there’s in­stant re­ac­tion when you press on the ped­als. It’s a bit of a chameleon, dis­play­ing ag­gres­sion when needed but, thanks to ti’s char­ac­ter­is­tic sup­ple ride, it flows beau­ti­fully across rough roads. The PRO Vibe car­bon seat­post and han­dle­bar with alu stem and 28mm Sch­walbe tyres soak up fur­ther road buzz.

Its spec­i­fi­ca­tion

This build pulls no punches with Du­raAce Di2, PRO fin­ish­ing kit, Brooks sad­dle, Chris King head­set and R45D hubs. The AERA AR36 wheelset costs £500 less with its Hope hubs op­tion, and the build is ne­go­tiable, but such a well-crafted frame de­serves ex­otic com­po­nents. For more cash, you can spec­ify a be­spoke ge­om­e­try.

ONE THING WE’D CHANGE

From a per­sonal view­point, we’d swap the firm Brooks Cam­bium C15 sad­dle. It’s a qual­ity sad­dle but we’re more at­tuned to some­thing like the Selle Italia SLR, Fizik Antares or PRO Turnix.

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