Oxford Bike Works Model 1


The Model 1 is our classic flat-bar touring bike, with good quality components, designed to last the lifetime of the bike.

The frame has Shimano Deore 30 speed gears fitted as standard, and these are reliable, effective components with a two year warranty.

We also only specify V-brakes, as we believe they are more reliable, require less maintenance and are just as effective in normal use, as disk brakes. Also, if you transport your bike by air, your disk brakes will need bleeding due to the pressure changes.

The wheels are perhaps the most important components after the frame - they need to be built to withstand the weight of the rider and luggage, and cope with whatever the surface throws at them. We specify Shimano Deore hubs, 36 plain gauge spokes and Ryde rims, as the best compromise between strength, weight and quality at this price-point. 

Mudguards and a rear rack is also provided within the asking price, (unlike most of our competitors). A basic rear rack made by Axiom, rated for 70kg of luggage. Flinger black mudguards with Stainless steel stays come as standard.

Our key selling points are quality and price. We researched our direct competitors and could not find any within £100 of our Model 1. We aim to deliver a  better quality product at a much lower price, leaving you with extra money for other bits of kit.


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.

Limited Budget? Unsure if cycle touring is for you?

Why not take a look at our Model 1E? Its been designed down to a budget.

Suggested Specification

Frame: Reynolds 525 double butted

Sizes: Small, medium, large.  (XL to special order)

Colour Options: Red, blue, khaki or custom colour

Chainset: Shimano FC-T3010 48-38-28t or 44-32-22t

Cassette: Shimano 12- 30t or 11-34t 9 or 10 speed

Derailleurs: Shimano Deore T610 or M590

Chain: KMC X-10 or X-9

Brakes: Shimano Deore V-Brakes

Saddle: Velo saddle

Hubs: Shimano Deore T610

Rims: Ryde Zac rims or similar

Spokes: 36 plain-gauge spokes

Tyres: Panaracer Tour 1.5 (other tyres and widths are available at no extra cost)

Handlebars:  semi-rise 9 degree back-sweep, black - 56 - 72cm widths

Stem: Deda, black 70 - 130mm

Grips: Ergon GP1s. (Bar ends available as options)

Pedals: MKS BM-7 or Wellgo flat pedals

Rear rack: Axiom Journey (rated to 70kg) or similar

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