Wyndymilla Lightning Seed review

Fully custom machine

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£2,375.00 RRP

Our review

Fast, solid, comfy and good value custom-built bike
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One thing’s for sure: there’s no mistaking the WyndyMilla ‘look’ for anything else in the bike world. We’re split on whether the inspiration was Danger Mouse or The Flintstones… Jokes aside, this is an intentionally attention-seeking example of the new, Italian-built Wyndymilla bike range, and the paint job is as customisable as the geometry.

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Thankfully, our Lightning Seed’s ride isn’t quite as extrovert as its looks – and for this mid-range model that’s got to be a good thing. We’d have no qualms jumping on this bike and riding an Etape du Tour or long-distance sportive straight out of the box.

It’s fast, comfortable and reassuringly stable, with pin-sharp handling. What it might lack in super-light sophistication – the kind of pedalling sprightliness that, to be fair, only a few full-carbon superbikes can manage – it makes up for with surefooted pace and great descending.

The sharp handling, smooth shifting and excellent braking of our test bike can’t have been hurt by its high-end build: full-carbon fork, full SRAM Force groupset, excellent SRAM S27 wheels, a skinny but comfortable Selle Italia SLR saddle and the same top-level Dedacciai Zero 100 bars and stem as Bradley Wiggins’ bike.

There are four models in the Wyndymilla range: two road bikes, a mountain bike and a time trial machine. Company co-owner and elite racer Henry Wyndham Furniss and his team-mates race the top-of-the-range all-carbon Big Geranium, while there are three different frame options for this next model down, the Lightning Seed.

You can choose from full-carbon, aluminium with a carbon fork, or aluminium with carbon rear stays and full-carbon fork, as tested here. All three come with full-custom geometry, a full bike fitting session, a choice of either integrated or standard seatposts, and can be painted in any single base colour with any colour (or amount) of WyndyMilla’s distinctive graphics – all at no extra cost.

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As with looks, pricing always has a degree of subjectivity. Certainly there are lighter, cheaper – and no doubt higher specced – bikes available. But you’re not just buying the bike with Wyndymilla, you’re buying a custom-built and fitted bike from a small company that has added bikes to its offerings of personal training, biomechanical assessments and testing.

Wyndymilla Lightning Seed
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Paul Smith - www.smithpic.co.uk

Product Specifications

Product

Name Lightning seed (custom build) (11)
Brand Wyndymilla

Available Sizes Custom
Brakes SRAM Force
Fork full carbon
Front Derailleur SRAM Force
Handlebar Dedacciai Zero 100
Rear Derailleur SRAM Force
Rims SRAM S27
Saddle Selle Italia SLR
Seatpost SRAM Force
Stem Dedacciai Zero 100