You'll find us in sunny rural Sussex for this week's Something for the Weekend, where we've got a rather special bike from Mason Cycles. We headed down to the Mason headquarters, affectionately known as 'The Barn', to take a look at the Resolution2 steel road bike, an evolution of the original Resolution that kicked things off for the brand in 2014.
The Resolution was a forward thinking bike when it was first released. With a sorted geometry for all-round road riding, a disc-specific Columbus steel frame, and featuring large tyre clearances from the offset, it's a bike that we featured in the RCUK 100 in 2016, along with the Bokeh gravel bike bike in 2017 and then the Definition2 in 2018. We certainly can't fault the brand for consistency.
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Always in search of perfection, Dom Mason, the brand's founder and bike designer, decided it was time to revisit the original platform to update a few features and bring the bike in line with the modern standards that it helped to establish in the first place.
Most noticeable is the 12x142mm thru-axle at the rear of the frame, where previously a quick release was used. Developed in collaboration with Bear Frame Supplies especially for the Resolution2, the 'dropout' is the result of many different 3D printed prototypes and the need for a component that delivers performance to match the rest of the bike. It features both a replaceable hanger and a replaceable axle thread; together they employ a unique system to suspend the forces subjected to the axle independently of the hanger itself.
With Mason, customers can choose the componentry fitted to their new bike relatively freely and as a result we spotted a SRAM Force 1x11 complete build ready for dispatch, perhaps an interesting look at where the future of road bikes is heading next?
The build on show in the video comes with SRAM's line-topping Red eTap groupset, which has helped to keep the weight down to a very respectable 8.5kg - not bad at all considering the Resolution2 is a steel frame. Also featured are the new and updated Mason x Hunt 4Seasons wheels, now featuring a 19mm internal width (previously 17mm) and 3M reflective graphics for those riders that stay out after dark.
Other updates include reinforced downtube bottle cage bosses, in response to the way that customers are using their bikes to carry heavier loads over greater distances, and slightly realigned cable routing to better suit the disc brake calipers of 2018 and beyond. The fork crown also receives an update for dynamo light compatibility, so riders may have a clean year-round solution for their lighting.
You can buy this bike for £5,340 but, as well as offering a range of alternative builds, Mason also sell the Resolution2 as a frameset only for £1,495 if you want to put together your own dream machine. We walked away from The Barn on this very bike and will let you know how it rides in the coming weeks.
Otherwise, take a closer look because we think the Resolution2 is a real looker and the gloss black paint scheme looks particularly good in the summer sun. To check out more of the details, take a look at the gallery below.
Website: Mason Cycles