Whatever happened to the nice, normal hardtail?
With all of the ‘look at me’ bikes and (questionable) innovations that make their way across the newsdesk, sometimes we need a palate cleanser of sorts. Like Alastair’s Shand Bahookie singlespeed.
Granted, singlespeeds and 29ers were considered radical until relatively recently- but are beginning to feel like classic choices. Announced last winter, the Bahookie is handbuilt and painted in Scotland using custom-drawn Columbus steel. While fluoro and creative decal placement are all the rage, the sky blue and and understated graphics seen here are guaranteed to age far, far better.
Shand use an eccentric PF30 bottom bracket and Paragon interchangeable dropouts to connect the ferrous tubes while allowing for easy tensioning and even Rohloff and belt drive adaptations. Bahookies sport three (!) sets of bottle bosses and are rack-ready without clamps or bodges. Stealth dropper routing helps to keep the lines clean.
Frames start at £980 and complete bikes at £2,250 with a parts kit featuring Hope wheels, Middleburn cranks, XT brakes and Shand’s own 620g carbon rigid fork.