We’re seeing a growing number of butted steel, track-derived road frames, but the quality and ride of the Trinity set it apart. Unlike stiff and rigid track bikes, it’s as comfy as a couch.
The frameset has been created by Lloyd Townsend, owner of Ison Distribution and great grandson of JA Townsend who established The Light Blue brand in Cambridge back in 1895 . He named his company Light Blue after the local university’s famous sporting colours.
Hop on board and it’s immediately evident this frame has real class. With its classic lugged and brazed design, using limited edition, made-in-Birmingham Reynolds 531 butted steel and old school geometry of 73-degree head-tube and seat-tube angles, it’s comfortable for hours of cruising.
These relaxed frame angles are complemented by the butted CB6 steel fork (CB6 is the postcode of the original Light Blue shop, fact fans!), a classic curved, long trail shape with relaxed 45mm offset and a 1in steerer. It’s no sedate cruiser though: get out of the saddle and push the pedals hard and the frame springs to life, without any undue flex.
The finish of the Trinity is superb, with the lugs outlined by hand in gold, and the deep, semi-metallic dark blue paint with contrasting light blue panels and graphics all protected by the frame’s lacquer coating.
The frame is adaptable too, with threaded bolt holes on the top-tube and cable guides included, meaning it can be run with front and rear brakes.
At £550 for a frame and fork of this quality, the Trinity is very keenly priced, but when you add a genuine Nitto Dynamic quill stem (alone retailing for £40), a Genetic Heritage seatpost (£19.99) and headset (£10), it becomes a certified bargain.
If you’re looking for a high quality singlespeed/fixed frameset that not only performs, but will stand out from the crowd too, the Trinity should be on your shortlist. Be quick though, as there’s only a limited edition of 100 available. In fact, make that 99 – one of our testers has already bought the example you’re looking at here!
It’s available in dark blue or cream, in sizes 53, 56 and 59cm. The 59cm frame weighs 1.8kg, the fork 726g.