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The Mason Definition has a beautifully crafted frame that helps it stand out from the crowd. It offers a supremely comfortable ride and feels unstoppable, especially on downhills.

Overall  9/10

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Road.CC Definition Review

Production bike with bespoke feel and wonderful, inspiring, addictive ride

Rating  9/10

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Adrian Delaney

The finish is second to none…the cable routing is perfect…definitely a 4 season bike.

Hi Dom thanks very much for the bike. I must say its the nicest bike I've seen in a very long time The finish is second to none, I really like the tube profile and the way the decals are placed all around the frame, so subtle especially on the Fork. It really has a lovely shape complementing the frame. The cable routing is perfect. I thought there might be cable rub off the frame with the euro setup for the brakes but no. It just works. The Frame badge, very nice. The finish kit works superbly, especially the front mech. The new Shimano front mech’s are normally tricky to get right in my experience, this bike is spot on. I really like the placement of all the bosses for carrier and mudguards, definitely a 4 season bike. Perfect for Ireland.
The wheels are lovely.

Now to the ride, My partner, Niamh is comparing the Mason to a Carbon Cannondale Synapse. She is very comfortable on that bike. From the first spin she complemented the planted feel and She flew around the bends which goes to show the confidence she had in it straight away. On the club spin today, everyone was in admiration of it. It’s her favourite bike.

Ben Wardil

...an eminently capable bike that just gets on a does it job with no fuss whatsoever.

The bike excelled at everything. Long days in the flat lands chatting to my mates and I kind of forgot about the bike, no niggles, no twitchy-ness, just there, doing it's thing. Same can be said of climbing, until you decide to race your mates for the summit, then suddenly, it accelerates like stink, gone is the steady long distance feel, it just wants to go! As for descending, I am quite a confident descender, but this thing corners beautifully, pick a line and it holds it, get it wrong and overcook it, the bike seems to forgive.

I am truly impressed with the bike.

Not every day in Mallorca was hot and sunny, the photo attached was taken on a day of torrential rain, a day when I gave up riding after an hour or so when I realised that the streams I appeared to be riding in were covering not just the tyre but the rim as well. I can have that pretty much any day at home! It was however a nice chance to test the brakes, again, nothing exciting, they just get on a do the job as well as they do in the dry.

My thoughts thus far on the bike are that it is an eminently capable bike that just gets on a does it job with no fuss whatsoever. I barely notice it a lot of the time. It's comfy and efficient, it stops as well in the wet as the dry. Only when you want to turn the wick up does it suddenly let you know that deep down it wants to (as you say) make progress.

David Peel

.. seeing a Mason in the flesh also added it to their list of bikes they'd like, complementing it's understated-ness yet lovely finish and again, the wheels.

It's rides great by the way. Initially the saddle was too far back but once sorted it's perfection. So accurate around the bends even in the wet - that was something I noticed today hanging on the wheel! everyone on the ride today was complementing the bike which I have to say is unusual in my cycling circles - often cynical race face types (and a cat 1 whippet which always livens the rides!) when it comes to others bikes, especially non carbon ;-) The wheels were remarked upon as well. I took the bike to my LBS (Stonehenge cycles) and the mechanics there who were very interested in finally seeing a Mason in the flesh also added it to their list of bikes they'd like, complementing it's understated-ness yet lovely finish and again, the wheels.

John Mills

Anyone who wants a do-it-all bike shop really look no further than a Definition.

well 2 days of commuting (104 miles) and it's become my reason go to work :)
Without exception a superb ride. I really didn't notice the bike all that much which says just how good it is at doing what it was designed to do. Our route took in local city streets, some A and B roads, some cycle path and some unpaved tow path. Fitted with 30mm Strada Bianca's i just sailed along not really noticing anything other than the company, contry side and views. Happy to troll along at 30kph or stomp along at 50kph made no differnece - balanced poised, stable but quick to change direction if needed. Anyone who wants a do-it-all bike should really look no further than a Definition.

The only thing I think it needs is an "anti dust coating" :).

Jonathan Calow

Bike was just amazingly comfy…sharp and confidence-inspiring handling.

A bit more feedback for you on the bike. Did a 60 mile loop yesterday from Sheffield to Holmfirth, then back along the TdF stage 2 route from last year. Real mix of road surfaces from super-smooth-resurfaced-for-the-tour to crappy Yorkshire back roads, and gradients from 50mph descents (complete with longboards - goodness knows how fast it would have been without!) to the 30% corner on Jenkin Rd which just about broke some of the pros on the tour. Bike was just amazingly comfy with tyres at 80psi, with sharp and confidence-inspiring handling. Holme Moss into a raging headwind, both up and the hairy descent were interesting. Brakes are truly amazing - always a bit of spare power and the modulation is just great.

No doubt you’re still shifting them as fast as the Italians can make them,

Mark Gladwyn

I built up a Definition frameset with the Tour of Flanders in mind... I’m delighted to say that the bike was all that I had hoped it would be.

Last summer, I built up a Definition frameset with the Tour of Flanders in mind. I rode the sportive on Saturday (just the short one, but with all of the famous cobbled bergs) and I’m delighted to say that the bike was all that I had hoped it would be.

Minor changes from what you might call a ‘standard’ spec are a Middleburn 46/30 chainset, which, paired with an 11/32 cassette gives an epically low bottom gear, which turned out to be ideal for the slippery cobbled hills. It also has a set of Hunt ‘Gravel Disc’ wheels shod with Schwalbe S-One tyres. I thought the wheels would be a little bit tougher, but more or less the same weight, and Schwalbe say that the S-Ones are designed for the Tour of Flanders. I ran them at 60 psi and they definitely gripped where others did not.

So, a great ride on a great bike. Di2 was impeccable, no problems, no punctures and the bike is still running like a watch.

Peter Marshall

My Definition ...What a superb combination of handling, ride, and performance

My Definition is on the road at last. What a superb combination of handling, ride, and performance! Comfort is excellent even on Berkshire’s extensive network of potholes (linked by gravel, skog, and the occasional ribbon of tarmac). It’s built up with SRAM Force 1...

Just a quick update on what my Definition and I have been up to…

Somehow the Definition, which was supposed to be a quickish bike for winter audax events, became the bike I go to for, well, pretty much everything, really.  We toured in France with a mahoosive saddlebag.  We rode audaxes up to 400km.  We pootled round the local lanes.

My big event this year was the Wild Atlantic Way, a very hilly 2100km audax with a time limit of 7 days and 7 hours.  I’d been intending to ride my carbon bike on this.  After all, I’d used it on the 1400km London-Edinburgh-London and many 600km events.  I rode the carbon bike on a 600km audax in late May, but it left me feeling seriously beaten up, compared with my rides on the Definition.  So the Definition was my mount for the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest event I’ve ever attempted.

It performed brilliantly.  The relatively fat tubeless tyres gave a plush ride on Ireland’s lunar roads, the disc brakes allowed confident descending, and the handling inspired confidence, even when I was totally shattered.  And it was totally reliable.  My slightly peculiar SRAM 1x11 build also proved its worth — making decisionmaking on gears easier on the road and eliminating a potential mechanical snag.

I’ve really bonded with this bike…

Roland Karthaus

The bike is extraordinary - I've not ridden anything like it before, or rather I have, but never in one bike.

Its an unusual situation to be able to give direct feedback to the designer of your bike, so I'm taking the opportunity. sorry if its long-winded - ignore at will. please feel free to use anything as a testimonial, providing it reflects the gist of the feedback, or if you want a quote I'm happy to give one.

The bike is extraordinary - I've not ridden anything like it before, or rather I have, but never in one bike. Up to 20mph its stiff and responsive. I climb out of the saddle and it seems to encourage that. The wheels are the perfect match, with the whole setup being stiff, without ever being harsh. I'm heavy for a cyclist, but I didn't get any flex from the wheels and the telltale skimming of the disc brakes never happened even at full pressure. But on the flat or low incline, when you press on to 25 mph and up to 40 downhill, the forks take over - the bike wasn't set up right for me and I've never ridden it before and yet I've never felt so secure on a bike. Its a weird feeling - it doesn't feel like its on rails, just utterly stable and very fast. You expect it to feel sluggish because of the way it looks and the stability but it never does - you could take a nap at high speed and yet if you see a pothole, swerve without ever losing your cool. In fact I hit some big potholes at high speed down the hill in Redhill - I thought I was in trouble but the bike just carried on.

Its all down to the forks and then the geometry that lets them take the lead at the right point. I guess its all intentional but it is a strange and remarkable experience, nonetheless.

Garmin way-finding is very random and it always throws in a bit of unpaved road. I did a mile of rough track, with huge potholes and even some small dropoffs and the bike soaked it up like it was nothing. Yet on the flat tarmac, it goes like a rocket. Maybe it was the tailwind but there were sections it felt like I was being pushed along. I could genuinely sell both my race bike and cyclocross and be happy with just this bike.

Steve Main

it goes far beyond my expectations... the quality of the finish on the frame really is exceptional, from the paint finish to the choice/design of decal. The bike looks stunning and gets away from the awful 'stick on as many logos as possible' approach the big manufacturers go for.

Sorry, bit of a delay for this as we were away for the weekend but managed to get out for a short ride on Sunday afternoon.

As mentioned before my road bike experience is very limited but ultimately the bike is everything I hoped it would be from a ride perspective and in certain areas it goes far beyond my expectations.

Also, after going through a fair few very expensive mtb frames over the years, the quality of the finish on the frame really is exceptional, from the paint finish to the choice/design of decal. The bike looks stunning and gets away from the awful 'stick on as many logos as possible' approach the big manufacturers go for. The cable routing details are a masterstroke, as are the location of the guard mounts. It even attracted favourable comments from my wife which, for all the various mountain bikes that have rolled through the door over the years, is unheard of!

In short it is a joy to ride and a huge credit to the hours you've undoubtedly spent refining the design.

Anyway, looking forward to many more miles on the bike, that's for sure, just got to sort my dodgy calf muscle out first which I pulled towards the back of last week; sods law eh!?

Steve Ransom

I've done a short blast over the local hillclimb, and a long and slow all-night ride - you've somehow made a bike that seems equally at home doing both.

Just a quick note to say I've built up my Definition and done a couple of rides on it. What a machine! My list of requirements was pretty demanding: one bike to replace two: a steel audax bike (comfortable, practical but a bit heavy and flexy) the other a carbon fibre road bike (light and fun but no good for winter rides or touring). Well, so far I've done a short blast over the local hillclimb, and a long and slow all-night ride - you've somehow made a bike that seems equally at home doing both.

Creighton Varney

it just does exactly what you want.

It's no lightweight but it has a strange affect, you get to places without noticing, the buzz and stress from the road surface don't fatigue, they're not there. Every other bike has a sweet spot, this one doesn't demand you to do anything, it just does exactly what you want.

Despite this supple ride it has handling which surpasses anything I've got in the garage (s-works Venge, wilier zero 7, foil). It not only turns better it is rock solid over bumps. I don't know how that happens, it's fast turning but stable, you can pick a line and hold perfect arcs rather than having to adjust it.

Ed Robins

really puts some of the big bike companies to shame and makes you wonder why other bikes aren't better too

It handles so well. It really puts some of the big bike companies to shame and makes you wonder why other bikes aren't better too and why they all seem to make the same sort of bikes.

Matthew Clarke

...it didn’t have any quirks to the handling at all. In fact it just flew everywhere!

Morning Dom

Hope you are well
I finally got the Definition finished this weekend and can happily say that it was well worth the wait. I am well renowned at work for buying bikes that look to be perfect on paper and then selling them a week later when they come up short… Therefore swinging my leg over a new steed always fills me with a little trepidation lol.

I wasn’t feeling that great this weekend having had a sickness bug, but I was determined to get out for the Definitions maiden voyage and had signed up to a local Sportive ‘the Igloo’ by local events company Dark and White that we work with. What doesn’t kill you and all that…

From the off the Definition felt very familiar which is always reassuring. I think that may be partly due to me having had a few Racelights in my time but I think most other buyers will feel the same. Everything about it felt right and it didn’t have any quirks to the handling at all. In fact it just flew everywhere! It was held back slightly by my increasingly empty legs as I hadn’t really eaten anything for 2 days and hadn’t risked anything that morning or during the ride. I’m sure you wont mind me comparing it to the 4S which is probably my benchmark do it all Alloy framed bike. I was a little worried that I would miss the speed of the 4S but the Defintion didn’t disappoint on that front, offering similar blistering pace but with a much more comfortable ride (which was the only downfall of the 4S). Downhill it was confidence inspiring and uphill there wasn’t any flex to be felt. Matched with the HUNT Aerolite wheels with 28mm tubeless tyres the way it rolled on the flat and downhill was like nothing I have experienced before, I’m a large tyre, tubeless convert! So far then all round total ‘grail bike’!

Next I plan on going to see my mate at Alpkit to get some custom black and possibly pink stitch.. frame and bar luggage made. Then I am going to get myself off on some mini weekend adventures utilizing white roads and trails as I think it can easily handle some light off-road action.

Anyway cheers again for designing the bike I have been after for some time but nobody made until now! J

All best
Matt

Rene Wilke

You cant image what routes I had to ride. I never thought that would be possible with a roadbike. But this Mason is...

I have been on a over 3 week trip with my Mason and now I am back home.
First I want to thank Mason Cycles for that amazing bike! You cant image what routes I had to ride. I never thought that would be possible with a roadbike. But this Mason is like a roadbike, crossbike, mountainbike in one :-D and so comfortable that also after 3 weeks I have no problems with my body (besides the legs ;-)

Christopher P.

All the hype is real. What an amazing ride.

Hi Dom—Finally got to put a reasonable ride into the bike. All the hype is real. What an amazing ride. Granted, I’m coming from a nearly 30 year old steel bike—but a very nice and sporty one—but the Resolution is like a different kind of vehicle altogether. I can’t wait to take it up Baker—which has ramps of 17 or 18 percent, or so they say—but it was a joy to ride on shorter local hills today. I love having the slightly longer chainstays and the bigger tires are a revelation. I also see what your friend in the Rockies meant when he said the bike made him want to ride longer—there is something about it that really just feels good.

Hopefully the weather will change in the coming week to permit longer rides, but I’m glad to have gotten in one on the only nice day in a long time.

I’ve attached a pic—perhaps a Mason bike’s first glimpse of Pacific Ocean waters? Feel free to social media it!

Cheers, 

Chris

Jacob Moresco

It is a pleasure to ride

Hi Dominic and Callum,

I have finally finished my bike after making a 150 GBP mistake by destroying a thread in the lever by force fitting a wrongly sized brake hose. Anyway that's the price for learning :)

I'm really happy with the result and as you can see in the attached image I have used very much the same finishing as in your full bikes. I have installed sram rival 1 and the combination of 1x11 and hydraulic brakes are excellent for my commute.

I have done the first 100 km, and it is a pleasure to ride, extremely responsive and I can really feel the bike in the turns.

Thanks for your assistance during the build!

Enjoy the weekend,

Jacob