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.

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
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

All of the cable fixtures and fittings are removable depending on what you build with
All of the cable fixtures and fittings are removable depending on what you build with

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
Bowman has applied the same style of heavily machined dropout and disc mount to the prototype Palace disc

Threaded BB shells are the only way to go for Bowman
Threaded BB shells are the only way to go for Bowman

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.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
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