Curtis T45 review£699.00

Curtis has been hand-crafting immaculate custom frames in the UK since 1972, so it knows its alchemic art inside out.

BikeRadar score4/5

Curtis has been hand-crafting immaculate custom frames in the UKsince 1972, so it knows its alchemic art inside out.

The T45 is a tough cookie rather than a twangy lightweight. It’s built from the same steel that was used to produce the chassis of the Thrust II land speed record-breaking car. You can have it built up in any shape, fork compliance or steering balance you like, not to mention various Rohloff/singlespeed transmission options. You can even request custom stamped dropouts with your initials or nickname, should you want.

While the Curtis might seem a bit pricey, it may well be your perfect bike. Free frame repair for life means this really might be the last frame you’ll ever buy, too (although you do have to pay for the paint and stickers). That’s enough to make the full 853 version for £849 look tempting, too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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