Dom Mason made his name at Kinesis Bikes, designing very good bikes, a couple of which became RoadCyclingUK favourites, so when he flew the nest to start his own brand, Mason Cycles, we knew the result would be something special.
In truth, it was almost impossible for us to pick between Mason’s two debut bikes, the Resolution and Definition, for inclusion in the RCUK100. They are beautiful frames and both handmade, the Resolution from steel and the Definition from aluminium.
Mason is a man of metal and painstakingly handpicked the tubesets for the two frames, and the two Italian frame builders to bring his vision to life.
Steel may be a frame material associated with a bygone era, but while carbon fibre is now de rigueur, the qualities of steel – its ride quality and durability – have endured
But we’ll focus on the Resolution. Mason is committed to the concept of ‘the four season bike’ – not the winter bike or the summer bike, nor the touring bike or the sportive bike. It’s one bike to rule them all and that’s where the Resolution comes in. Pitched as a jack of all trades, and a master of all. ‘4Season Dominance’ is Mason’s tagline for these bikes – see what he did there? Whether you can ride a bike this beautiful through winter is a matter for only your conscience.
Steel may be a frame material associated with a bygone era, but while carbon fibre is now de rigueur, the qualities of steel – its ride quality and durability – have endured and 21st Century steel tubesets can now offer plenty in the performance stakes.
Mason has opted for a combination of Columbus Spirit and Life tubing for the Resolution and each tube has been chosen and crafted with a specific job in mind.