Oxford Bike Works Model 2

£1,749

The Model 2 is our high quality touring bike

If you are after a refined, high quality flat barred touring bike, we reckon this is the best example on the market. We use a Shimano Deore XT transmission and running gear, making no compromises on quality, unlike other manufacturers at this price bracket. For 2016 we have adopted the Shimano FC-T3010 chainset as it has steel chainrings which last a lot longer than the alloy ones of the XT unit. For those who would like the XT chainset we will fit this for a small upgrade charge.

We don't think there is a better choice of tubing for the frame - so we've resisted the temptation to upgrade the tubing to 725, opting instead for a better value, more competitively priced machine. (Reynolds 725 tubing would reduce the weight by perhaps 150g, and be stiffer. Touring bikes need flex to make them comfortable so we didn't go down that route.) Instead we focused on getting the better quality bearings and seals of the XT hubs, lighter action shifting of the XT shifters, and the reduced weight of the overall groupset.

Your comfort is assured with Ergon GP1 grips and a leather Brooks-style saddle if you want one, at no extra charge

We also upgraded to more premium tyres on this model, offering Schwalbe Marathon tyres.

We can also quote competitively for Ortlieb and Brooks panniers. Unlike online retailers we set up the panniers to fit correctly on our racks, saving you a fiddly job.

Suggested Specification

Frame: Reynolds 525 double-butted tubing

Derailleurs: Shimano Deore XT 10 speed. (11 speed available with double chainset as a special order)

Chainset: Shimano FC-T3010

Wheels: Deore XT hubs Ryde Rims 36 spokes

Saddle: Madison Flux or OBW Isis leather saddle

Rear Rack: Axiom Journey Rear Rack or similar

Handlebars: Ergon GP1 grips

Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series

Mudguards: Axiom Black mudguards 45mm wide

Weight: ~12.5kg (depending on exact specification)