Shand Skinnymalinky - First look

Audax style road frame from Scottish builder

Shand Cycles started off as a small independent frame-builders in Scotland, in 2003. Steven Shand started as a one-man operation, producing handbuilt frames one at a time, but has since brought design and communications man Russell Stout onboard to help the empire grow.

While maintaining the fully customisable aspect of the business, Shand Cycles now offer stock, handbuilt production frames based around five sizes – without losing focus on the craft that has made the brand's name.

Since launching the Stooshie (cyclocross) and Stoater (road) at the Bespoked Bristol handmade bike show in March 2012, Shand unveiled the Skinnymalinky road frame at the Blenheim Palace Cycling Festival in August.

It’s their interpretation of the classic randonneur, or audax, bike. It comfortably accepts 28mm tyres, with mudguard mounts and bottle bosses built in as standard. 

Custom colours and graphics are possible for a small charge on top of the £960 standard frame price. A lugged crown fork comes separately, priced £140. Delivery times are approximately six to eight weeks from date of order. See the Shand Cycles website for more information.


  • Frame: Fillet brazed Reynolds 853, s-bend stays, semi-sloping top tube, size specific tubeset
  • Fork: Unicrown or lugged crown, straight blades
  • Head tube/headset: 1 1/8in standard, Hope or Chris King installed as options
  • Bottom bracket: 68mm shell, English thread
  • Seat tube: 27.2mm seatpost, integrated front derailleur boss
  • Rear dropouts: Polished stainless
  • Cable routing: Down tube, exposed inner
  • Braze-ons: Options for up to three bottle mounts, mudguard and rack mounts
  • Colour: Lichen Green, Aqua Blue, Sky Grey, Burnt Orange, Ivory White, Midnight Black
After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Discipline: Road

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