Bowman revises frames for 2017

Disc brake option debuts

Upstart UK brand Bowman occupied a small corner of the Taipei bike show and we caught up with head honcho and bike designer Neil Webb so he could show us a few of the frames heading our way soon.

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Neil’s take on stainless steel in the form of the Layhams has been a big success for the brand. Mixing contemporary road geo with classic slender steel tubes with a £1,333 price tag (complete with carbon fork) has certainly proved popular.

Only here in raw-unfinished form for both frame and dedicated carbon fork, Bowman’s prototype stainless disc machine based on the Layhams looks like another winner, nonetheless
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All of the cable fixtures and fittings are removable depending on what you build with
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So for 2017 the firm is adding a disc version complete with neat flat-mounts, Di2 routing and external removable cable guides, too.

Like all Bowman frames Webb has also reverted to a threaded BB shell for creak free running however you choose to build it. Pricing isn’t yet set but Webb thinks it should only be around £100 on top of the caliper brake Layhams.

The original aluminium Palace impressed us here at BikeRadar and its aggressive road-race cum crit competing :R version has pretty much sold out on pre-orders alone. We’re sure the bargain price of £579 helped.

Bowman has applied the same style of heavily machined dropout and disc mount to the prototype Palace disc
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Threaded BB shells are the only way to go for Bowman
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Webb gave us a sneak peek of the new aluminium disc race machine. With seriously increased tyre clearance and the same adaptability for drivetrains as the Layhams, the as-yet-unnamed aluminium chassis looks the business, and we’ve already put our order in for test rides on both the stainless and aluminium test bikes.