Another new ‘go anywhere’ machine, though pitched more at the road side of things, is the Bowman Pilgrims.
Bowman is a new British-based brand which launched with the Palace, an aluminium race frame, and the Pilgrims is the second frame off the production line.
It’s still a performance-focused frame and the geometry reflects that, with a 56cm frame sporting a 165mm headtube – the same as the equivalent-sized Palace frame. The bottom bracket has been dropped by 5mm to give the Pilgrims a bit more stability on unsurfaced roads.
The frame is made from 7005-series aluminium and is disc-specific. There’s plenty of tyre clearance, with the partially-built machine on display in London sporting 30mm rubber with a generous amount of space remaining. The frame will accept both mechanical and electronic groupsets, with internal cable routing and a neat cable guide under the bottom bracket for the former, while if you are running Shimano Di2 or Campagnolo EPS then the rear mech cable runs inside the chainstay, which all keeps the frame looking very clean.
There’s no brake bridge so, in order for the Pilgrims to accept mudguards, Bowman have developed a 3D-printed bridge which will be shipped with the bike to be attached if necessary. The bridge shown in our photo is a prototype.
The Pilgrims is available as a frameset for £750, or at an early bird price of £650 for the first ten customers.
Website: Bowman Cycles