It uses Reynolds 853 tubes that are custom formed and shaped to arrive at the unique design of the frame – personally approved by frame build specialist Thomas – and have been specially selected to give a blend of stiffness and comfort that will feel at home on European cols, as well as on Flandrian cobbles and, most importantly, UK B-roads.
As you might expect from a premium road bike, the fork is a carbon number, but it’s no off-the-shelf model. Instead, Thomas and Reid have gone to the trouble of designing their own because they felt no brand could meet the exacting qualities they wanted in the frameset. So, the resulting Anraed fork weighs in at 365g, and is designed to have the stiffness of a top-level carbon prong with the compliance to match, with additional features including mudguard mounts, clearance for 32c tyres, or 28c with mudguards fitted, a dynamo-powered light mount and, of course, internal cable routing.
Look further back and you’ll spot an ovalised toptube, teamed with a slender 34.9mm diameter downtube that’s been ovalised in two planes. Up near the headtube it’s shaped longitudinally for maximum weld strength – ideal when Fairlight claims it’s one of the most stressed areas of the frame on any given ride – while down near the threaded bottom bracket it flares horizontally for improved stiffness when the power goes down.