Fairlight wants one of its new bikes to be your next adventure wagon

Former Genesis designer brings line of drop-barred, all-road beauties to market

Co-founded by Dom Thomas - a former designer for left-field bike giant, Genesis - Fairlight today announced the launch of the brand and the release of its first two bikes, the Stræl and the Faran.

all of the bikes are available in a number of colour options and we like the look of this coral number
all of the bikes are available in a number of colour options and we like the look of this coral number

The more spritely of the two is the Stræl (old English for an arrow, dark, missile). The bike is an any-surface orientated, endurance road machine with clearance for 33mm tyres and the ability to run full cover mudguards.

Interestingly, the fork features a mount for a dynamo lamp
Interestingly, the fork features a mount for a dynamo lamp

The frame is constructed from suitably springy Reynolds 853 tubing and is matched with a custom specified, full carbon fork (which is available for purchase separately). Rather uniquely, the fork features a mount for a dynamo lamp, further hinting towards the endurance tendencies of the bike.

The Faran is the more adventure oriented of the two bikes
The Faran is the more adventure oriented of the two bikes

The Faran (to go, to travel, to journey) is the more adventurous of the two and is touted as an ideal bikepacking or light touring bike. Both the frame and fork are constructed from the slightly more Stout Reynolds 631 tubing, which should make for a nice and stable ride when loaded

The Straen makes use of flat mounts on both the front and rear
The Straen makes use of flat mounts on both the front and rear

Both bikes are disc only and use good ol’ quick releases at both ends of the bikes.

The bikes are available in both 'tall' and 'regular' fits
The bikes are available in both 'tall' and 'regular' fits

Interestingly, alongside offering the usual run of sizes (in this case from 51cm to 61cm), Fairlight offers ‘regular’ and ‘tall’ bikes in all sizes as part of its Proportional Geometry principle, which takes into account the different proportions of any given rider, rather than just their height.

The DNA of classic bikes from Genesis like the Croix de Fer can clearly be seen in both of the bikes - both aesthetically and when comparing geometry of the two. Still, despite the similarities, it’s nice to have another option on the market from a small brand that clearly truly believes in what it’s producing.

A handsome looking bike from every angle
A handsome looking bike from every angle

Available in a number of builds and very cool colour options, the bikes start at £1849 for a 105 equipped Strael and £1399 for a Tiagra Faran. Should you be feeling flush, you could even stretch to the exceedingly handsome, Dura Ace equipped Strael, which is priced at £2999.

The Faran is also available as frameset in either this dark blue...
The Faran is also available as frameset in either this dark blue...

Not a fan of the white? Annoy resident black bike skeptic and go for this moody, dark option
Not a fan of the white? Annoy resident black bike skeptic and go for this moody, dark option

Both bikes are available as a frameset, coming in at £899 for the Strael and £599 for the Faran.

The majority of builds, colours and sizes have arrived in the UK and are available for order from Fairlight or through its partner store, Swift Cycles in London.

International pricing was not available at the time of writing, but Fairlight will ship globally.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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