Here’s the second of our British test fleet for August, a month in which home nation success at the Olympic Games (and, we’re confident, the Paralymypics), has left us swollen with pride at the status currently enjoyed by British cycling.
We built up Pearson’s steel Easy Come, Easy Go in June for the Dunwich Dynamo, and were impressed with its performance. We’re investigating one of their carbon offerings this month: the promisingly titled, Hammer and Tongs.
It’s billed as an all-rounder, and a glance at the specification sheet, a few taped measurements and a turn on the scales indicate that this might be the case. Our 54cm frame, equipped with almost a full Ultegra groupset, Shimano’s budget RS30 wheels, Pearson-branded stem, handlebars and seatpost, and a Fizik Arione CX saddle tipped our scales at a shade over 7.4kg; not bad, but could certainly be improved upon if you feel the need to spend more than the £2,500 price tag. A full custom build would be possible using the frameset-only option, which starts at a fraction under £1,400.
The monocoque carbon frame has a surprisingly large appearance: a substantial down tube, curved top tube, and robust, semi-triangulated seatstays give the chassis an impression of strength. The head tube is remarkably tall for a 54cm frame, measuring 19.5cm; compare this to the likes of the comfort-orientated Trek Domane, which in its 54cm incarnation has a 16cm headtube. A carbon fork with a slight curve but thick front profile holds up the front end; it looks able to handle heavy cornering loads and plenty of pressure. The monocoque fork is slotted into the headtube which is a 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” tapered oversized assembly.
It’s finished with something of a “Marmite” paint scheme. We rather like the bold graphics: for some reason they remind us of classic steel frames with soft shaped, sculpted lugs. However, opinions at the cafe stop on the first ride were divided.
We’ll be seeing if the Hammer and Tongs lives up to its name in the coming weeks. We have a small amount of local racing, a few chain gangs, and some solo training planned, and no doubt changeable weather will be on the cards. Check back soon for a full review.