by Marc Basiliere
March 28, 2014
Inspired by early pioneers, built for urban expeditions…
Inspired, it is said, by Richard and Nicholas Crane’s bicycle-enable 1985 conquest of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Stanforth Kibo “designed as much for the daily commute as for all terrain global touring.” The young brand is helmed by Simon Stanforth, son and nephew of Paul and Rick Stanforth- early owners of Saracen. Hand built in the UK by Lee Cooper, the Kibo is a Reynolds 631 frame with an appearance (check those chainstays!) that recalls the early days of mountain biking. A full compliment of bosses allows for for three bottle cages, front and rear racks, and mudguards.
The Shimano Deore drivetrain, Sturmey Archer thumb shifters, Nitto quill stem, MKS pedals, and Genetic cantis are hardly affectations- all are durable and readily-serviced. Eyeletted Rigida Sputnik rims are laced in the UK, using 36 spokes apiece, to serviceable Deore hubs. A leather Brooks B17 really was the only possible saddle choice.
An altogether unique machine, the Stanforth Kilo comes in a durable black powder coat. Despite its UK manufacture and high-end spec, complete bikes sell for a reasonable £1,395. More at stanforthbikes.co.uk.