The Davies is a bespoke and thoroughly British creation from Cheshire-based brand Moss Bikes. It was originally called into BikeRadar towers for an article in Urban Cyclist magazine, but we couldn't resist taking the bike aside for a closer look.
Moss bikes are the brainchild of design engineer Andrew Martin Jones. Growing up with a workshop on his parents' farm, Jones used his younger years to hone his skills in brazing and paintwork. After building a few frames for friends, Jones decided to launch Moss Bikes, with the aim of designing and manufacturing the best bicycles that Britain has to offer.
The Davies was first thought up two years ago, but customer demand for other models has meant that it has only just been launched. The Reynolds 853 pro tubeset is beautifully lugged, like all of Moss' creations. Each Davies uses fully custom tube lengths and angles that are derived from the customer's measurements and preferences in a detailed and extensive fitting process.
Want rack and guard mounts? Not a problem. How about stainless dropouts? No sweat, in fact Moss will do what they can to get you exactly the bike you want. The frame doesn't use graphics, instead all the lettering and details are painted and masked by Andrew Jones himself.
This particular Davies is crammed with some of the finest parts Britain has to offer, from the classic Middleburn crankset to the Brooks saddle and tape, even the disc brake rotors are mountain bike models sourced from Hope in Barnoldswick. The fork on this build is a disc-ready carbon model from US firm Wound Up Composites.
With numbers of frames produced this year just tipping into double figures, these are seriously exclusive bikes. This build will set a customer back more than £5,000. The frame-only price is still to be announced. For more information or to check out the rest of the range, visit the Moss Bikes website.