Shand Cycles: Handbuilt Hoolie

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Scottish bike builders Shand Cycles will now build you a 27.5+ bike, should you be looking for a handbuilt-to-order bike to grace your shed.

Shand Hoolie

The Hoolie is a steel bike, modelled roughly on the 29er Bahookie, but designed specifically around 3 inch 27.5 tyres. You still fit 29er wheels if you want to.

Shand HoolieThe bike is available as a frame and fork package for £1,250 or as a full build with XT components at £2,350. It comes supplied as standard with their own rigid carbon fork but can also be supplied with a 100/120mm travel suspension fork if preferred.

Shand HoolieThere’s a huge array of colours and finishes to choose from, and you can even add Jeff Jones Loop H-Bars if you’re One Of Them.

Shand Hoolie

Shand Cycles says:

Snappy to ride, the big tyres provide stacks of grip on climbs as well as tech descents and the 68.5 head angle on a lightweight rigid setup provides grins on steeper trails with big volume tyres soaking up the rough stuff. Adding a 120mm suspension fork slackens the geometry a just tad further, only adding to the fun.

Shand Hoolie
Choose your colour and finish. We think this is Gloss Banana.

Flexibility comes built in with a 73mm PF30 bottom bracket shell that accepts a standard PF30 bottom bracket or EBB (eccentric bottom bracket) for singlespeed setups.

Although designed primarily around tech trails rather than out-and-out mile munching, Shand Cycles reckons this bike’s still good for long distance rides and multi-day tours.

Shand Hoolie

For those of you unfamiliar with Shand Cycles, the bikes take their names from Scots colloquialisms. A Bahookie is your um, bottom. A Hoolie is storm, or a strong wind (not the sort that might exit your bahookie). And a Tumshie is a turnip, and gave rise to possibly the greatest captions ever to grace Singletrackworld.com.

Shand Hoolie

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (2)

    Press fit bottom bracket?

    Like the look of this, Klien fade paint job…….?

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