In 1985 two cousins, Nicholas and Richard Crane, rode their Saracen mountain bikes to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Inspired by that epic adventure, Simon Stanforth has established the Stanforth Bikes brand and the first model is named after the highest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones: Kibo.
The Kibo is designed to follow in the steps of that first Saracen. Although it is perfectly capable of running neighbourhood errands, it can also tour the world. The lugged Reynolds 631 frames are built for Stanforth Bikes with bosses for three bottle cages and both front and rear pannier racks by one of the United Kingdom’s most legendary modern builders, Lee Cooper.
The component list matches the reliability of that used by the Cranes: Sturmey Archer thumb shifters, a Nitto FU82 riser stem, a Deore / XT transmission and, based on the experience of around-the-world cyclist Alastair Humphreys: a pair of handbuilt Rigida Sputnk wheels. It’s a retro adventure machine — who knows where it could take you?