UK bike maker Fairlight has updated its Faran, an all-steel bike designed for loaded touring, gravel, and anything else you might fancy. The Faran 2.0 comes in a choice of regular and tall geometries and it will be available as a frameset costing £899 or in a range of builds starting at £1,999 with Shimano RX600 GRX components. It features numerous practical touches including mounts for just about everything you could conceivably bolt to a bike. In anticipation of the Faran 2.0 shipping, Fairlight has supplied a gorgeous collection of photos of a raw, unpainted frame fitted with various components. Whether a bike like this is your sort of thing or not, I’m sure you’ll appreciate how lovely the Faran looks in the nude. Related reading Fairlight Secan vs. All-City Mr Pink — who has built the best winter bike? Fairlight Strael long term-review BikeRadar Builds | Matthew’s Genesis Croix de Fer 853 Best touring bikes: How to choose the right one for you Croix de Faran? The Faran will be available as a frameset or a complete bike. Fairlight The Faran accepts both 700c and 650b wheels. Fairlight The Faran is meant for load lugging. Fairlight The rear dropout assembly, made in collaboration with Bentley Components, is a work of art. Fairlight Have you ever seen a nicer flat-mount? Fairlight The bottom bracket is a standard threaded unit. Fairlight The modular cable routing adapts to all drivetrains. Fairlight Fairlight endorses dropout-mounted rear lights. Fairlight Of course there’s cable routing for a dynamo. Fairlight Have you ever seen a nicer photo of some frame hardware? Fairlight All manner of finishing kit upgrades such as this Hope seat clamp are available. Fairlight If the Faran seems strongly reminiscent of the evergreen Genesis Croix de Fer, that’s not a coincidence. Fairlight co-founder Dom Thomas designed the original CdF – a bike with a loyal fanbase – and the latest Faran ticks many of the same boxes in a very up-to-date package, offering a versatile steel frameset that can be specced up as a gravel bike, commuter, heavy-duty tourer, audaxer or any number of other things. The Faran 2.0 frameset accepts both 700c and 650b wheels and has an eminently practical spec list, with no unusual standards. The fork steerer is untapered and the cable routing will work with any drivetrain configuration. There’s a straightforward threaded bottom bracket, plus flat-mount disc brakes and 12mm thru-axles front and rear. The Faran has mounts to accept all manner of luggage racks at both ends, mudguards, up to three conventional bottle cages, cargo cages on the fork, lights and more. It will come in a choice of two geometries for each size, called regular and tall. As you might imagine, the regular option is longer and lower while the tall is shorter in reach and higher in stack. For example, a size 54R has reach and stack figures of 386mm and 559mm respectively, while the 54T’s numbers are 378mm and 590mm. According to Fairlight, the Faran 2.0’s geometry is designed to offer a fast and agile feel when unloaded (like the brand’s Strael road bike), and a more stable ride with a front load (like the Secan gravel bike). Fairlight has supplied images showing the Faran 2.0 wearing a variety of trendy bikepacking bags. These are from Gramm… Fairlight These are Apidura… Fairlight …Wizard Works… Fairlight …Straight Cut Design.. Fairlight …Road Runner Bags… Fairlight …and Restrap. Fairlight If you want to geek-out on every detail of the bike, Fairlight has put together a beautiful set of design notes, which you can view here (opens a .pdf). The Faran 2.0 will be available in a choice of two earthy colours called Winter Bracken and Woodland Green. Framesets will cost £899 (£749.17 outside the EU, minus VAT), while complete bikes start at £1,999 for a Shimano GRX RX600 build with WTB KOM Light I21 rims on 105 hubs. Even if you opt for a standard build, there’s huge scope for customisation, with numerous cost upgrades available including wheelsets, tyres, dynamo hubs, posh finishing kit and more. Fairlight is taking deposits for the Faran 2.0 now, with the first bikes expected to ship this month.
Back in August, Ridley launched a new gravel bike, the Kanzo Fast, with a truly unique selling point in the form of its gearing, which combines a 1× drivetrain with a new 2-speed rear hub. It’s a setup that claims to offer the advantages of a front derailleur without the downsides. It’s also weird as hell, and I love it. I like strange and original bikes. I’m glad they exist and I think designs that challenge accepted dogma about the right way to do things should be celebrated, even if ultimately the cycling world doesn’t buy into the idea. Related reading Madone, Domane, Emonda… Daemon? Meet the 4th anagram bike that Trek has yet to make So what’s the deal with Canyon’s unique new Hover bar? Campagnolo Ekar is a 13-speed gravel groupset with a tiny 9-tooth cog While there’s certainly considerable convergence over certain concepts in bike design – I’m looking at you, dropped seatstays – I don’t buy the idea that all road bikes look the same. If anything, there’s more diversity than ever these days. Back in the days of steel, road bikes really did all look virtually identical to one another, the odd bit of fancy lugwork notwithstanding. Let’s be real, every road bike looked more or less like this for a good 40 years or more. Raleigh These days, advanced construction techniques with varied materials (carbon, aluminium, steel, titanium…), and ever-more impressive drivetrain and suspension tech let designers and engineers exercise their creativity far more – it really is possible to come up with something new. To give some examples, I applaud designs such as the Trek Domane and Specialized Roubaix for stretching the limits of what we consider a road bike, by using clever comfort-adding tech. I thank Cannondale for blurring the line between mountain and gravel bikes with the unique Slate back in 2015, and doing it again with the Topstone Lefty in 2020. I’m also so glad 3T launched the then-outlandish Exploro in 2016, introducing us to the idea of the aero gravel bike, and then went off-piste again the following year with the 1×-only, fat-tyred Strada aero bike. The 3T Exploro was downright unusual when it first launched, but seems less so now. Campagnolo Equally, I think it’s glorious that Surly flew in the face of industry trends and launched a bike with 26in wheels this year, that Basso made a ‘semi-suspension’ graveller with a carbon back-end and an aluminium front, that Lauf has seemingly made a success of its slightly wacky leaf-spring suspension forks, and that Canyon is somehow persisting with its frankly ridiculous double-decker handlebar. On the component front, I was delighted to try out Rotor’s original and bonkers Uno hydraulic shifting groupset, while SRAM really deserves praise for making wireless electronic groupsets viable. Of course, it’s easy to be blasé about the pitfalls of new tech when you don’t have skin in the game. Working in cycling media means I get to try out new things and marvel at weird tech without risking my own coin. It’s the early adopters who get burned when new ideas don’t succeed, whether that’s because the design itself turns out to be flawed or the brand goes belly-up and the product is orphaned. Remember this? Oh well. Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media When I’m covering new bikes and tech, I’m always conscious that I need to put myself in the shoes of the consumer and ask whether it really makes sense. Have a bike’s designers made something different because there’s a valid reason for taking a new approach or are they just trying to be different for difference’s sake? I am absolutely for technological innovation as long as it’s justified, but it’s fair to say that sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like it is. Anyway, I don’t know how good the Ridley Kanzo Fast and its unusual hub are yet, but I’m very glad both exist – cycling would be terribly dull if no one dared to be different. What are your favourite weird bikes and tech? Let us know in the comments.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety gave the Arizona State University Police Department a grant of $46,871.08 for the purchase of two Zero DSR electric motorcycles. This will be added to their first DSR, purchased last year. “The Zeros are an ideal mode of transportation for our officers to navigate our busy campuses and large crowds during events,” ASU Police Commander John Thompson said. “The electric engines also allow us to move through campus without producing fuel emissions or engine noise.” According to Zero Motorcycles, the DSR provides comparable power and driving range to gas powered motorcycles, but weighs less than 500 pounds. This allows patrol officers to easily maneuver the motorcycle through the tight turns and narrow roads across campus. They have a range of up to 176 miles, a top speed of 102 mph, a maintenance-free drivetrain and a battery that Zero claims will last the life of the bike. “We are happy to see our use of electric motorcycles growing,” Commander Thompson said. “We are part of the most innovative school in the country, and we are proud to do our part to innovate in our field.” The bikes allow officers to interact with the public easier than officers on motorcycles with internal combustion engines. The Zeros will be used by designated patrol officers who will be trained specifically on the vehicle’s functionality. The post ASU POLICE GETTING ZERO ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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