The new Bokeh frame sets and bikes have been in development for over a year, they are AdventureSport machines for fast 'Continent Crushing', Multi-Terrain rides and they can use either 650b x 50mm or 700c x 41mm tyres. AdventureSport is about doing it fast. That's what our original Mason bikes do well, and that is what we're continuing here with Bokeh.
The unique brief: A modern, Italian made, Columbus steel, performance bike that excels across all seasons, surfaces and many disciplines. Disc brakes, adaptable internal routing, Di2 and clearance for larger tyres and mudguards. The buttery smooth ride of steel but with a stiff kick when you accelerate. It’s all here.
A premium, Italian crafted, Dedacciai Aluminium framed bike with many of the advanced features of modern carbon bikes, but offering way more. Disc brakes, adaptable internal routing, Di2 options and clearance for larger tyres and mudguards mean our bikes are perfect for getting your head down and knocking off the miles in all seasons and across all surfaces.
JOSH LEADS THE ITALY DIVIDE RACE
1 day, 16 hours in and Josh Ibbett is still leading the Italy Divide race by about 50km as he reaches Bologna.
His Bokeh 650b SRAM Force 1x with Panaracer Comet 50mm tyres is the ideal machine for this unsupported 900km race, starting at the Colosseum in Rome and finishing at the tip of Lake Garda.
ROAD CYCLING UK: 'Starting From Scratch'.
RCUK takes a look at the men behind three start-up British bike brands, including Dom Mason the designer and owner of Mason Cycles, on innovation, forging an identity and realising a dream.
"The excellent reviews garnered by Mason Cycles proves that his decision to follow his instinct has been the right one. Mason is a man with his finger on the pulse of British riders."
BikeBiz Awards: 'Bike Brand of The Year' finalist.
Fantastic news that we have again made it to the finals in a very strong lineup for 'Bike Brand of the Year' in the BikeBiz Awards this year.
Thanks for your nominations which put us in the finals and we'll keep you updated to how we get on!
AlwaysRiding: The (not so) Winter Hack Bike.
Tracing the evolution of the 'winter hack bike' leads to the door of Dominic Mason, founder of Mason Cycles and early Kinesis designer. Here Dominic recounts his early days designing what would become the new standard for off-season steel:.
"I think I had a little hand in changing the concept of the 'winter hack' when I designed the first 'Racelight T' bikes for Kinesis. At that point you were supposed to suffer on an awful, heavy, dull, steel hack through winter and sling all your shredded old components at it...So I did the Racelight Tk out of some decent tubing and people started putting Ultegra on it........I called them '4Season' bikes [up to then only used on sleeping bags] and they sold amazingly well. After that the all season bike became more and more popular and now I think my ultimate expression of that is the Columbus steel Mason Resolution"
road.cc: Conversation Mason.
Dom from Mason Cycles talks about his new alloy and Ti Bokeh framesets, and more: Most of these features and decisions he makes are the ones that most won’t see or even bother about, but they’re the ones that make all the difference between normal and special, the little detail that you might spot once you’ve owned a Mason for a month or two and it gives you a little smile.
“...It’s much much harder, but now I know the people that make the frames, I met them earlier and they gave me a hug, I get my hands dirty in their factory and we talk about things, and they try quite hard to get things right for me."
road.cc: First painted Bokeh AdventureSport bikes unveiled!
"so good do they look that we just had to share them with you...The wait looks to be worth it."
Road.cc have been covering the development of Bokeh over the last year and they've now released the studio shots from the new Mason barn HQ!
We are 'Mason Progressive Cycles’ so we have developed the V2 version of our award winning Aperture fork. The V2 Aperture is completely new tooling and features Ø12mm Thru-axle, flat-mount, a little more tyre clearance as bigger tyres are becoming very popular, sealed internal routing, and of course all the mudguard mounts and fittings of the V1. The fork also features our unique Mason 'F-Stop' axle system, with Mason developed axle and replaceable fork inserts.
We've just finished ride testing the new fork and it really is excellent, it'll certainly be worth the wait.
The whole package is pretty advanced.
DEVELOPMENT OF BOKEH
“…to us, ‘AdventureSport’ is when you’re out there underneath a mountain, riding fast. We’re not talking about gravel. The word ‘gravel’ sounds dull to me. AdventureSport is about doing it fast. That’s what our original Mason bikes do well, and that’s what we’re continuing here with BOKEH”. Dom Mason | Mason Cycles owner/designer.
The new ‘Bokeh’ [Alu] and ‘BokehTi’ frame sets and bikes have been in development for over a year, they are AdventureSport bikes for fast ‘Continent Crushing’ rides and they can use either 650b x 50mm or 700c x 41mm tyres. These new bikes are big news for us because they are the bikes to follow up our first ever models the Award Winning Definition and Resolution.
The first painted Bokeh frames are here, they will be available in Element Grey [see pic.] and Flare Orange. We aim to have Bokeh and BokehTi framesets and bikes available on the site by the end of September.
Pre-orders for the first small batch are available now. Please contact us below for more information and to secure your Bokeh or Bokeh Ti.
PRODUCT UPDATE: CAMPAGNOLO BB SLEEVES IN STOCK.
Can you build your Italian-made framesets with Italian transmission? You can now!!
We've secured stock of original Campagnolo BB sleeves. This means that you can build your Definition/Resolution with all 24mm Campagnolo disc groupsets.
These will be available for sale on our webshop very soon.
PRESS & CUSTOMER REVIEWS
Without doubt, the most valuable information for us is the feedback that we get from the very customers who ride our bikes and make up the growing community. We've been trying our best to make this as visible as possible through our 'MASONbuilt' gallery and 'MASONcite' blog posts, but for us this wasn't enough.
So, we now have AN ENTIRE SECTION of our website developed to clearly display the MASONbuilt/cite archives. This will be kept fully up to date with your latest comments.
This new section also includes access to the full archive of press literature & awards that the Resolution and Definition bikes have accumulated.
THANK YOU! to everyone for your comments, reviews, and for staying in touch.
MASONbuilt | Flyweight.
Probably the world's lightest Definition build, barely tipping the scales at 8kgs...
As comfortable as it is just cruising along, you end up attacking climbs and sprinting for signs just because it's so much fun. I'm not altogether sure what I expected, but what I got was one of the most enjoyable bikes I've ever ridden.
CYCLING WEEKLY: 9/10 RESOLUTION REVIEW.
CYCLING WEEKLY | MARCH 2016.
MASONcite: THE RIGHT BIKE FOR THE JOB.
" It's what I bought the bike for. There aren't many bikes out there that I would be as happy riding the gravel roads through the forests and along the rivers then heading out for some big climbs around the Verdon/Nice/Liguria. It's an amazing achievement to get so much into one bike. It felt like I was always on the right bike for the job whatever the job may be.
Thanks again. Ed "
Ed Robins | Definition 105/Hydro.
RCUK: 9 OF THE BEST STEEL BIKES FOR 2016
'Mason is committed to the idea of the four-seasons bike – a jack of all trades if you will – and the Resolution fits the billing perfectly.'
'...there’s a performance edge to the Resolution, too, and the frame is made from Columbus Spirit and Life tubing, with a wide, ovalised toptube and oversized downtube to boost stiffness, as well as a tapered headtube.'
'Above all else, it’s a beautiful frame.'
THE GUARDIAN: ADVENTURE BIKES
The Guardian recently featured an 'Adventure Bike' article and we qualified for inclusion due to the ability of our bikes to take long distances and varied road surface and terrain in their stride. Oh and of course the ability to carry a rider to the winning spot in one of the most epic of cycling adventures, The Transcontinental Race.
"Mason has integrated many of the features of modern carbon bikes, such as internal cable routing and a large D-section downtube, into a frame made from top-of-the line Columbus steel."
MASON FORMAT KIT AND CLOTHING: SPRING OFFER
Spring is here and we are celebrating by giving you 20% off every full kit order [as modelled here by TCR 2015 Winner Josh Ibbett] before 31st May, and FREE SHIPPING on all all items of clothing to UK destinations.
Enter 'RideMason' at the checkout to get your discount.
The latest and greatest news is that our next batch of forks are in Italy and being painted now and we hope to have them in the UK and available for your framesets and bike builds by the end of May.
Our framesets and bikes are marked as 'Pre-order' at the moment, frame stock is good but we were a little behind with fork manufacture, we can now get back up to speed.
We are very different from many small bike brands and one major difference is that we don't settle for 'off the shelf' components if they don't suit our ideals. Because of this we designed and tooled up for our very own fork, the Mason 'Aperture'. Our unique fork has allowed us to design bikes with superb award winning ride qualities and our success has meant that demand has outstripped fork supply and we have been playing catchup!
Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered, we will be emailing you all personally with details and will keep you updated.
Thanks for your support,
RCUK100: MASON RESOLUTION.
"The Resolution is dripping in clever design features. It has eyelets for mudguards and a rack but you wouldn’t see them at a glance as they’re hidden discreetly inside the stays"
"...Mason has pinned his colours to the mast by making both the Resolution and Definition disc-specific. It makes complete sense for a progressive, do-it-all, British-designed bike like this."
"It is, quite simply, a beautiful frame – that rare combination of understated but captivating."
road.cc: AWARDS 2015/16
We were hoping to feature in the road.cc awards this year but could not have dreamed that we would bag a rosette in not just one but THREE categories!
'Sportive Bike of the Year' - #3 with our Resolution 105/Hydro bike.
'Bike of the Year' - #6 with the Resolution 105/Hydro.
road.cc: WINNER 'Frameset Of The Year'
"This was a very strong category and picking a winner was no easy task."
And so to the winner of the frameset of the year award, and it’s the Resolution, the steel frame version of Mason’s Definition earlier in this list. There’s little to match the sublime ride quality of a really good steel frame, and the Resolution is a really good steel frame.
Why it wins: Classic steel ride quality with modern details including disc brakes and space for wide tyres.
The Times Review:
"A triumph in cycle manufacturing"
It would be a very special machine indeed that could persuade the cycling devotee to stop his endless quest for “just one more bike,” but when it comes to a Mason you might instead find yourself looking to get in just one more ride instead.
A triumph in cycle manufacturing.
Summary: It would be difficult to find a better year round bike. Reassuringly stable even in extreme weather, with plenty of oomph should you need it and jaw dropping good looks
Mason Resolution Ultegra/Hydro | 4.8 / 5
CYCLIST: RESOLUTION REVIEW.
A huge amount of thought has gone into the Mason Resolution. Mudguard and pannier bosses (top and bottom of seatstay) are as neat as can be, leaving the Resolution’s lines resolutely ‘racy’. A chain-hanging tab is a blessed old-school touch to stop the chain dragging on the chainstays when the rear wheel is removed.
You don’t want to scar paint this good."
CYCLIST | November 2015.
STOCK UPDATE: NEW FRAMES HERE SOON.
Excellent recent reviews and strong demand as Autumn approaches has left us a little low on stock, but fear not, stock is on the way from Italy and you can secure a frame or bike with a pre-order.
Click the button below for full details.
BIKE RADAR: TOP RESOLUTION BIKE REVIEW.
"Beautiful blend of buoyantly responsive ride, surefooted control and next level detailing…an utterly practical all-rounder you’ll still be begging to ride all weekend"
"...get the gear turning and you still get steel’s signature surge of speed like the turbo kicking in on a diesel car."
Mason Resolution Ultegra Hydro is a suave-looking and impressive steel ride. 4.5/5 STARS
CYCLING WEEKLY Aug. 20th: 9/10 Review for Mason Resolution.
"Slick Stylish and addictively rideable"
"Mason has produced an on-trend endurance road bike with a quality feel, clever design and retro-appeal. Thanks to the disc brakes, internal cable routing, wide tyres and mudguard clearance, you could ride this bike through the worst a UK winter has to offer, making for a truly versatile machine."
Transcontinental Race 2015: Josh Ibbett wins!
Riding his race prepared Definition Ultegra Hydro/Di2 and covering an incredible 4239km at a moving average of 25.9kph in 9 Days / 23 Hours / 54 Minutes, Josh won the Transcontinental while the rest of the racers were in another country!
WELL DONE JOSH! WE ARE IN AWE.
BikeBiz Awards 2015: TWO nominations for Mason cycles
We are extremely proud to say that Mason Cycles has been nominated for TWO awards in the prestigious BikeBiz awards for 2015.
'BREAKTHROUGH BRAND' and 'BIKE BRAND OF THE YEAR'.
Cycling Plus: Steel Bikes Grouptest WINNER.
In a recent Cycling Plus magazine group test, the Mason Resolution Ultegra/Hydro came out on top against some of the most established brands of the steel bike world. Full story on the site soon.
"Beautiful blend of buoyantly responsive ride, sure footed control and next level detailing." "All weather confidence, all purpose utility and ultra detailed style."
4.5 stars. Mason Resolution, Ultegra Hydro. CYCLING PLUS. Aug 2015.
Transcontinental Race: Josh's Definition
Josh Ibett is currently lying in 2nd place during the gruelling Transcontinental Race in which competitors ride unsupported from Flanders to Istanbul.
He has chosen a Mason Definition Ultegra Hydro/Di2 to carry him on his journey.
"It’s a four-season bike that’s designed for long-distance riding so it’s actually perfect."
road.cc: Resolution Review
“Phenomenal steel ride from a bike that is fabulously put together and which brings the material bang up to date.”
"Owning a bike like this is a real experience rather than just something materialistic, the Resolution has a soul, it's more than just a form of transport or a tool for fitness it's something special."
"A truly amazing piece of engineering from the initial frame building right the way through to the overall finish."
FRAME/FORK: 10/10. PERFORMANCE: 10/10. OVERALL: 9/10. STARS: 4.5/5
road.cc: Definition Review
"Production bike with bespoke feel and wonderful, inspiring, addictive ride"
"The attention to detail, the finish, the welding - there isn't a fault to be found anywhere on the frame or fork."
“The ride is amazing, pure and simple. The tubes, the geometry, the finishing kit all come together to create a package that is hard to fault. The way it seems to come alive as you put more and more effort into becomes like a drug to the point where I was rarely taking it steady anymore. I needed that hit.”
FRAME/FORK: 10/10. PERFORMANCE: 9/10. OVERALL: 9/10. STARS: 4.5/5
Red Bull: How to start your own bike company
“As we sheltered from the cold in a cafe near Brighton’s famous seafront, it became impossible to ignore how impressive Dom’s achievement is. Both of his bikes, the Definition and the Resolution, offer a level of detail and finish that entire multi-national R&D departments might miss or neglect.”