Singular Cycles is a relatively new UK-based company with a soft spot for 29in wheeled mountain bikes, but they’ve a penchant for drawing inspiration from the world of road bikes with drop bars and classic styling.
Its first model was the Swift, an interesting concoction of large wheels, drop bars and classic styling. Singular described it as “an absolutely no-compromise 29in wheeled mountain bike with an attention to geometry that makes for a fantastic handling bike, whether rigid or suspended”.
We think there’s quite a bit of appeal here for those cyclists wanting a multi-purpose do it all bike. With a growing interesting in cyclo-cross bikes for racing, commuting and looning around, the Singular looks to hit the right balance.
For 2010 Singular has been working on two new models. First is the Pegasus, a 29in frame based on the Swift with similar geometry but made from titanium. It’s made by Italian based frame builders Nevi and the construction quality is said to be “top notch”.
This will be a limited edition frame and is available to pre-order now. Due to the short production run Singular say there will be a degree of customisation available to customers. Expect to pay £1,500 if you want one, with a £500 deposit securing it. Delivery is slated for February.
Next up is the Gryphon. With this model we really think there’s a bike for the road cyclist looking for an interesting ‘cross bike for trail riding and commuting. Taking their fondness for drop bar off-road bikes a step further, the Gryphon is still based on the Swift but has been optimised for drop bar use. This means it’s got a short top tube and taller headtube. Elsewhere it’s familiar to the Swift genes. It’ll cost £420 for the frame and fork and depending on whether you like to swing with gears, singlespeed or hub gears, is compatible with all three.
Find out more at singularcycles.com