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Shand Leveret review

Gaelic super-commuter

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,995.00 RRP
Pack shot of the Shand Leveret road/commuter bike

Our review

An accomplished cruiser for long, steady miles
Pros: Steady, smooth handling; great looking; excellent finish
Cons: Fragile rear-guard mount
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Shand may claim the Leveret to be its answer to the commuter conundrum but I’d suggest this slender-steel, dropped-bar beauty is far more than that.


Of course, the Alfine 8-speed hub gear driven by an oil- and mess-free Gates belt drive makes absolute sense for a commuter. However, such a reliable drivetrain that uses a hardy, reliable threaded bottom-bracket shell also works well for touring, and the Alfine’s internal gearing mimics what you’d expect from a cassette with a 12-38 range.

When that’s combined with the 50-tooth chainring it gives a bottom 50/38 or a 36-inch gear, the equivalent of a 34/26 on a standard compact drivetrain with an 11-32 cassette and the same tyre size. A gear light enough for steady climbing duties, rather than alpine attacks.

Shand Leveret road bike uses a MicroSHIFT bar-end shifter
Old-school shifting using a MicroSHIFT bar-end shifter.
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At the other end, the 50/12 is ample for spirited speeds. Shifting is handled by a microSHIFT bar-end shifter that works seamlessly with the Shimano hub.

The compact drop of the bar means shifting in the drops is as easy as extending your right-hand little finger to pull or push the lever.

Shand Leveret frameset

The frameset is a thing of beauty boasting butted steel with impeccable welds and some nice details: the multi-purpose sliding rear dropouts are a particular highlight.

The all-carbon fork is a rare sight on a touring-style bike and unusual on a bike at this price too.

The frameset offers maximum versatility, featuring all the fixtures and fittings you’d expect from a globe-trotting tourer. It looks every inch a handmade steel beauty, and the metallic battleship-grey livery and reflective logos set it apart from the average circa £2k commuter.

Although designed and developed in Scotland, this Shand is actually produced in Taiwan. This isn’t to suggest that the quality is anything but excellent as Taiwan produces some of the best metal bikes in the business, and at a very competitive price.

The Shand Leveret road/commuter is well made from steel
The quality I’d expect from the Scottish steel masters
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

While the frame’s slender tubes might suggest a springy, lively ride, in fact, the Leveret is pretty stiff and pleasantly responsive.

Comfort comes from large-volume (tubeless) tyres, which allow you to run low pressures. The Leveret’s wheels are neatly put together with Shand-branded alloy rims (tubeless-ready) on a neat, forged-alloy front hub running smooth cartridge bearings and, of course, the aforementioned Shimano Alfine rear hub that incorporates the bike’s eight speeds.

The wheels roll smooth and have proved themselves to be more than tough enough for off-road, encouraged by the 35c Schwalbe G-One tyres.

8-speed hub gear provides ample range on the Shand Leveret road/commuter bike
The 8-speed hub gear provides ample range.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

A shapely, compact drop-alloy bar has a little flare while an unbranded saddle with a nice curvy profile proved comfortable, even though the padding was a little on the squishy side revealing the harder hull underneath after a few hours’ riding.

Shand Leveret geometry

Seat angle (degrees)72727272
Head angle (degrees)71.571.571.571.5
Chainstay (cm)43434343
Seat tube (cm)51545658
Top tube (cm)53.655.657.659.6
Head tube (cm)15.5182021.5
Fork offset (cm)5555
Bottom bracket drop (cm)
Wheelbase (mm)9961,0161,0371,057
Stack (cm)57.76061.963.4
Reach (cm)3536.339.239.2

Shand Leveret ride impressions

Handling-wise, the Leveret is built to knock out the miles at a sedate pace: taking in your surroundings, rather than speeding through them.

It’s this comfort-orientated outlook that makes the Leveret such a great choice for commuting. The taller stack (the vertical height between the centre of the bottom bracket and the top of the centre of the head tube) and shorter reach (the horizontal distance between the same points) puts you in a more upright position, and yet the stiffness in the steel frame and the full carbon fork mean that when you want to give it some beans the Shand responds in kind.

It won’t enable you to be a segment leader, it’s a much calmer ride than that. Let’s say, it’s more a mug of Horlicks than a double espresso.

Shand Leveret road bike uses a belt drive instead of a chain
Gates belt drive = no oily marks on your trousers
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Braking comes from TRP’s Hylex hydraulic disc brakes with their own dedicated levers. The lever action is lighter than either Shimano or SRAM’s offerings but the brake power ramps up progressively and I didn’t experience any annoying rubs, ticks or squeaks from the system.

Out-and-out power doesn’t feel quite as high as the best from Japan or the US, however, I certainly had no complaints when running them in the foulest of conditions and that’s recommendation enough.

The full-alloy SKS mudguards are a welcome addition in winter. My first ride out revealed rattling from the rear guard, but after a quick inspection I found a split seatstay bracket was causing the issue. A quick repair sandwiching the bracket between two washers cured it.

Shand Leveret bottom line

Cyclist riding the Shand Leveret road/commuter bike
As happy on gravel as it is riding to the office.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The Shand Leveret is a brilliant commuter that doubles up as a very capable weekend warrior. It’s smooth enough to eat up big miles and plenty versatile to venture off road – all while getting you around town during the week in stylish comfort and at a good price too.

Product Specifications


Price GBP £1995.00
Weight 12kg (L)
Brand Shand


Available sizes S, M, L, XL
Brakes TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes
Cranks Gates belt drive, 50t
Fork Full carbon
Frame Tig-welded custom-drawn triple-butted steel
Handlebar Alloy double-butted short-reach bar with 12-degree flare
Saddle Unbranded cro-mo rail
Seatpost 3D forged head alloy
Shifter MicroSHIFT bar-end / Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gear
Stem 3D forged alloy stem
Tyres Schwalbe G-One tubeless 35c
Wheels Shand anodised tubeless-ready rim on Shimano Alfine rear hub, forged alloy front