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