Forme's new 29ers on show

Winscar and Alport 29ers and Longcliffe road bike

Forme are a relatively new brand on the scene, having started life in 2010. With an initial focus on Cycle-to-Work type bikes, Forme are rapidly building their range to incorporate bikes from £300 up to £5,500, road, cyclocross and 29er mountain bikes.

We saw the latest models at UK distributor Moore-Large's expo earlier this week. The first to catch our eyes was the Winscar 29C (£3499.99). Its frame is constructed from Torayca 800 carbon which has a low resin content to maximise strength and cut weight. The frame features a tapered head tube and BB86 bottom bracket.

For the price tag, the Winscar has an impressive spec, with Stan's ZTR race Gold wheels, a Shimano XTR/XT groupset, FSA SLK carbon cranks and RockShox SID World Cup forks.

Smooth lines and a great spec make the winscar 29c a tasty option:
Smooth lines and a great spec make the winscar 29c a tasty option:

Forme Winscar 29c

The aluminium Winscar 29R has a squared off seat tube at the bottom bracket junction to enable a shorter wheelbase. They have also removed the brace to improve mud clearance and added a 12mm axle at the rear to keep things nice and stiff. RockShox SID World Cup suspension forks, Shimano XT groupset, FSA SLK cranks and a Stan's wheelset are included for £2199.99.

Forme also make a range of more entry level 29ers such as the Alport, which have been constructed with spec as a priority.

This continues on to the road side of their range with the Longcliffe road bikes. Forme decided that more people would benefit from a better wheelset, rather than a more flashy groupset. To enable them to fit Mavic Aksium wheels on a £929.99 bike (Longcliffe 2.0), they used a Microshift shifter within the 105 groupset.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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