Oxford Bike Works Model 2

£1,749

The Model 2 is our high quality touring bike. Available in both 26” and 700c wheel formats.

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 2019 we have adopted the Shimano FC-MT300 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 525 is the best tubing for the job.) Instead we focused on getting the better quality bearings and seals of the 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 Terry Fisio Gel saddle if you want one.

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 - T8000 10 speed. (11 speed available with double chainset as a special order)

Chainset: Shimano FC-MT300 with XT Bottom Bracket

Wheels: Deore LX hubs Ryde Rims 36 spokes

Saddle: Terry Fisio Gel saddle

Rear Rack: Axiom Journey Rear Rack

Handlebars: Ergon GP1 grips

Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series

Mudguards: Flinger Black mudguards 40,50 or 60mm widths

Weight: ~11.5kg (depending on exact specification)