No need for tweed here, Andrew’s 29er MTB, one of the latest bikes to emerge from the Sheffield workshop of Field Cycles, is quite possibly the most dapper fat tyre flyer that has ever hit the UK trails.
Field Cycles are famous for the arresting graphics that cover their frames. Originally drawing inspiration from dazzle camouflage, their designs have evolved into a completely individual style that varies with each new creation.
Each work of art is applied, without the use of decals, mind you, by Cromaworks, Field’s paint department. It’s an understated title, held by designer Tom Smith, who works with the customer and also photographs each bike for posterity’s sake.
Utterly unique paintwork aside, their frames are built well too. Field Cycles’ chief frame builder, Harry Harrison, is a man with a deep-seated passion for steel and the legendary Sheffield industry of his home city.
Harry fillet brazed the rear triangle from Dedacciai tubes and the front from Reynolds 853. The geometry is tight and nimble: designed to fluidly rip around single trail. Paragon Polydrop dropouts were used at the rear, with a 142/12mm axle.
Field Cycles are an ENVE-preferred builder, and Andrew’s 29er provides a fine frame for their tapered 29er Mountain Fork, rotating through an oversized 44mm head tube. That’s one stocky — but agile — front end.
The new ovalised 94BCD chainring for SRAM X1 by Absolute Black powers the drivetrain, kept in check by HOPE disc brakes and piloted by a 3T cockpit. It’s a fast machine whose speed is reflected by a distinctively dashing mantle.