This new adventure bike is still firmly in the #FastFar, #ContinentCrushing vein but a progressive new frameset and fork design allow it to use 29 x 2.4” or 650b x 2.8 wheels, meaning steeper, rougher and deeper terrain are well within its capabilities. Multiple mounting points, a bespoke load-bearing mudguard, specific rack systems, 160/180 flat-mount braking and 100mm suspension-ready geometry mean that the InSearchOf, once again, does not shy away from the ‘Progressive’ word in our title.
The Bokeh frame sets and bikes took over a year to develop and perfect, they are AdventureSport machines for fast 'Continent Crushing', Multi-Terrain rides and they can use either 650b x 50mm or 700c x 45mm 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.
"...never had a bike I could have ridden with for 15hrs a day for 11 days straight without pain". JobHendrickx | TransContinental Race 2019 | 3rd Finisher.
The unique brief: A thoroughly modern, Italian craftred, Columbus steel, Multi-Surface, performance bike that excels across all seasons and many disciplines. The latest Thru-Axle/Flat-Mount refinement, adaptable internal routing, electronic shifting options and clearance for large volume tyres and mudguards. The buttery smooth ride of steel but with a stiff kick when you accelerate. It’s all here.
Our multi award winning, Italian crafted, custom tubed, premium Dedacciai Aluminium framed bike with many of the advanced features of modern carbon bikes, but offering way more. Disc brakes, adaptable internal routing, electronic shifting and 1x gearing 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.
Rob Packham | Ultra Distance Biking | Tour Aotearoa, NZ.
Big adventures and ultra-distance bikepacking events were rendered almost impossible a few months into 2020 by the onset of Coronavirus.
By the time that Rob had the finish of Tour Aotearoa '20 in his sights and had ridden over 2,500km on his #MasonInSearchOf the situation with home flights had become urgent and he had to scratch and fly home.
This is the incredible story of his adventure.
BIKE RADAR | Resolution2 SRAM Force AXS Video Review
Jack at Bike Radar has been riding our Resolution2 SRAM eTap equipped bike for a few weeks and on Friday posted this excellent video, where he picks up on all the important design detailing and superb ride quality of our much loved steel bicycles.
"...a suitably versatile road bike...a joy to spend long days in the saddle...very comfortable...will serve you for many years to come..."
See the Resolution bicycles on our site HERE.
MASONtech | Aperture2.2 Is Here!
We've seen a steady increase in the demand for factory-fitted dynamo lighting and charging systems on our bikes, always popular on our Bokeh model and ever more so on our Resolution, Definition and Aspect models.
So, the big update here is a fully sealed, internally routed dynamo cable port, feeding the cable smoothly to the crown mounted light, fully integrating the dynamo lighting set-up on your Mason.
The Mason Aperture2.2 fork is available exclusively on Mason Cycles bikes and is designed by us to work perfectly with our Resolution, Definition and Aspect models.
We'll be fitting this fork as standard on all applicable models and there's no price change.
MASON BOKEH | FACEBOOK OWNERS GROUP
So cool to see the Mason Bokeh owners group really buzzing and sharing pics of bikes, info on tyres, rides, bikepacking kit, wheel sizes, gearing and cakes!
Well worth joining if you are a Bokeh owner, the community is growing!
road.cc | Mason Aspect | Frameset 10/10 | Overall 4.5/5
"Verdict: An exceptional balance of speed, comfort and handling backed up by exemplary handbuilt quality". "Extreme levels of craftsmanship; truly beautiful riding experience".
This is the new Mason titanium ultra-distance bicycle. We bill it as our 'super-smooth, fast, ultra-distance rocket ship for long rides on variable and unpredictable surfaces'. Stu Kertons long-term review results would seem to back this up!
"The Aspect is the latest titanium offering from Mason Cycles and it's a beauty, not only in the way it looks but also in the way it rides. The frameset offers so much depth in the way it behaves thanks to the tubeset, the fork and the geometry all working together to give a sublime ride quality and an excellent level of feedback no matter how rough the road surface is".
THE BEAUTIFUL NEW MASON ASPECT
offroad.cc | Mason ISO 5 STAR Review
Our new Ultimate Adventure bike continues to win top reviews with this latest test from offroad.cc.
"Sometimes a bike comes along that completely delivers in its capabilities, looks and build quality. The Mason ISO - InSearchOf - is one of those bikes. With an Italian hand-built frame, a superb level of finish and detail it nonchalantly comes along and redefines what a drop-bar bike is assumed to be capable of being."
Superbly capable handling and ride
Happy on a wide spectrum of terrain
Attention to detail
Nothing I found
The Incredible Mason InSearchOf
Ride with MASON | Tuscany Adventure | Mason X RPM90
Unique travel experiences exclusively for the Mason community, beginning with our Tuscany Adventure trip.
The Mason X RPM90 Tuscany weekend is available exclusively to Mason bike riders and company founder Dom Mason will be joining the trip with brand manager Cal Nicklin. We can't wait to ride with you, sharing stories from the roads over delicious food and geting excited for every next day's guided adventures.
You’ll have the chance to chat with them both about the bikes, the brand and what’s going on at Mason HQ as well as getting an insight into Dom’s long history with bike design and predicting future trends.
Take a look at full adventure details in the link to our blog below.
Pinkbike | 7 Bikes of the Tour Divide
Mason Cycles supported rider Josh Ibbett recently finished the 2,750 mile Tour Divide adventure race, taking 16 days and arriving at the Mexico border 6th out of 164 riders.
Pinkbike picked 7 of the most notable bikes, including Josh's Mason InSearchOf "...his Mason Cycles steel InSearchOf frame utilizes a heap of forward thinking and some of the newest technology available for a do-it-all approach that far surpasses the abilities of any popular gravel grinder or groad bikes being heralded today."
Cycling Weekly | InSearchOf | 10/10
We've had a few 'Best Of Test' results but I'm pretty sure this Cycling Weekly test result for the new Mason InSearchOf is our first ever 10/10!
VERY pleased to receive this ultimate test result for our new Ultimate Adventure machine.
"...The astonishing thing about the ISO is just what you can tackle when riding it. So wet, muddy or compacted chalk uphills which would have defeated me on just about anything else I could just roll up on the Mason ISO. Likewise, you float through deep sand and all but the deepest, sloppiest mud holes."
Click the button below to read the full Cycling Weekly test.
Fiets Magazine | InSearchOf | Grouptest WINNER
Fiets Magazine were the first in the world to run a grouptest featuring our new Mason InSearchOf and it was up against some hard hitters - Ventus GRD, J.Guillem Atalaya, Bombtrack The Hook ADV.
"Testing works out great. We did a big loop yesterday on de ISO here in Finale. Including some real rocky mtb decents. The ISO is made for much more than 'normal' gravel and fast stretches of strade bianche looking roads. It's an adventurebike made to do whatever you want. Fun mtb sections, long bikepack days and gravel rides with a bit more bite. I love it."
Take a look at full grouptest highlights in the link to our blog below.
ADVNTR.CC: Go Far Fast
The best recommendations come from our customers and it's even better when they write a great review too.
" The Bokeh slips in at the sublime end of the spectrum. If this bike is on your wish list then don’t hesitate. I doubt you will regret it. If you can accept what this bike is, and what it is for, then you are in for a real treat.".
ADVNTR.CC | OCTOBER 2017.
#FastFar | Tales from Oman
An update from Daria and Thomas, they've just returned from a successful adventure in Oman, following some of the trails taken by Bikingman Oman earlier this year.
"It was an unforgettable adventure for us. We also think that having such a great bike motivates to go out, to do something outstanding, therefore we’re already planning with excitement our next cycling journey!!!"
Daria and Thomas | Jan 2019
EDITOR'S CHOICE 2018 | CyclingWeekly | Resolution2 RED eTap Review
"Proving that life can exist without carbon, the Mason Resolution 2 showcases all that a modern steel bike can offer, with an excellent ride that just keeps you coming back for more...So it’s collected one of our coveted Editor’s Choice 2018 awards for the best rides we’ve had in 2018."
CyclingWeekly | Resolution2 RED eTap Review
The Mason Resolution 2 adds new features to what was already an excellent bike. The ride quality just makes you want to keep riding and it’s got all the bolts and add-ons so that you could take on ultra-endurance and bike packing trips as well as just enjoying local rides, whatever the season.
Product News | Upgrades | The Luminance Upgrade
Road.cc | Definition2 | 9/10
Overall, I feel the Definition2 is a real triumph and represents the pinnacle of what can be done to date with an aluminium frame. A massively responsive ride, the latest disc brake standards accommodated successfully, and plenty of tyre clearance with no discernible disadvantage
Another fantastic result for our Definition model. Jack Sexty thoroughly reviewed our Definition2 Ultegra Hydro for ~2 months in all conditions, making for a comprehensive and realistic opinion on our premium Alu. road-machine.
Road.cc | Reader Awards | Winner!
We are incredibly happy to win the BIKE OF THE YEAR for our Bokeh AdventureSport bike in the 2017-18 road.cc 'Readers Choice Awards'.
We pride ourselves on high levels of customer service and a personal approach and for these reasons this award means way more to us than any of the other awards or test wins since we started in 2014, because we were nominated and voted for by YOU.
A HUGE thanks from all at Mason Cycles.
Road.cc | Six of the best Alu. road bikes.
The class-leading Definition leads out the six best Aluminium road bikes
"...If you want an aluminium bike with space for wide tyres and mudguards, then look no further than the beautiful MASON Definition. That's it. List done..."
Road.cc | Feb 2018
ADVNTR | THE BEGINNINGS AND FUTURE OF MASON
ADVNTR is a new website devoted to adventure cycling "Our goal is to connect the Adventure Cycle community and bring you information and resources to improve your experience".
We really like their style and approach and oh, two of them choose to ride the Mason Bokeh!
The guys from ADVNTR.cc recently visited the Mason Barn and spoke to Dom about the beginnings and future of Mason Cycles, they may have even grabbed a scoop or two!
Click the button below for the full article.
Test Ride a Mason
We have demo models of all bicycles in various sizes at the Mason Barn and it's well worth visiting to ride one on the country lanes or riverside gravel loop, straight from our doorstep!
Customers have come from all over Europe to take a bike out for a spin and it’s well worth the trip to put your mind at rest over sizing or which Mason model is exactly right for your riding requirements.
We are expanding the demo range as we grow and add new models and options so please contact us to see what is available.
For more information on Mason Cycles, our bicycle and frameset range and to enquire about a demo, click the button below.
Cycling Plus | A History of 'Best On Test'
"Dom Mason is the savant behind a decade of classic bikes released under another brand, but now he produces sublime riding and stunning detailed Italian-made frames and bikes with his own name on."
Cycling Plus | Jan 2018
BikesETC | ADVENTURE BIKE OF THE YEAR 2017
Mason Cycles Bokeh Rival 1X
“...We also looked at a lot of so-called adventure bikes that claim to be fit for this particular purpose. The one that really stood out for us, though, was the Mason Bokeh Rival 1X which is just perfect for the job.”
Everything you need to get thoroughly and splendidly lost."
CyclingPlus | BEST ON TEST
Mason Cycles Definition Rival 1X
“...Dedacciai tubing and new Aperture2 fork, plus single ring transmission, tubeless tyres and impeccable modular internal cable routing give the Definition a surefooted glide from Gran Fondo to gravel....
The SRAM Rival 1X is a new option but the sequential shift and 160mm discs suit its purposeful character brilliantly."
BikesETC: Bikepacking Adventure
Our Bokeh Rival1X grabs the top spot and BEST OF TEST in Bikes Etc Magazine November issue, up against very capable bikes from Specialized Bicycles and Kinesis UK .
"Supreme on and off-road ability...it's easy to see where the extra money goes. The whole bike has been extremely well thought out and is sensational to ride".
BikesEtc. | NOVEMBER 2017.
CYCLING WEEKLY: 9/10 BOKEH REVIEW.
CYCLING WEEKLY | JULY 2017.
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."
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.”