Last year London-based Donhou Bicycles launched the DSS1 – a handmade, off-the-shelf road machine from a firm which otherwise specialises in custom, made-to-measure frames. Now the Signature Series has expanded to include the DSS2.
The DSS2 is described as the DSS1’s ‘grown-up, older brother’, and while the first machine was geared towards road riding, the follow-up is all about versatility and adventure, pitched as a machine which can handle the road, gravel riding and going on tour.
And that’s what Tom Donhou, the man behind the DSS2, did, taking it to Iceland with photographer George Marshall, traversing the lifeless gravel roads which run though the country’s harsh interior for a final pre-production test run on a three-day ride.
“The DSS2 is the second in the Signature Steel series,” said Donhou. “We set the standard high with the DSS1 and the DSS2 needed to continue what we had started. We’re really pleased with where the DSS2 can take you, it’s a total pleasure to ride and truly takes the Signature Steel series onto new pages.”
The frame is made from Reynolds 853 steel – Donhou’s first choice tubeset – paired with a Wound Up Gravel carbon fibre fork. The chassis has clearance for 35mm tyres, or 28mm rubber with full mudguards, while you can also fit a rack. Donhou describes the geometry as a ‘relaxed road geometry tuned for gravel and touring’.