Rather like Marmite, the bikes made by Sabbath Cycles tend to elicit strong reaction. When we spoke to the founder Greg Roche, who, along with his brother and materials engineer Dr Iain, has been designing and building titanium bikes only since 2007, he was at pains to point out that the characteristic ‘s’ shaped tubes aren’t there just to be different.

According to Roche, “The question we ask is how to increase the weld surface without decreasing the strength of the join.” And he points to the junction of the downtube and headtube of the flagship Silk Emperor model to show how by joining together at a less acute angle there is more metal-to-metal contact. Something that would only be of limited value, bearing in mind the crazy-thin gauge of material used, if they didn’t heat-treat the frame after welding.

“It adds another very expensive process but builds a better frame, all things considered,” says Roche.

Having started out with just himself and his brother as engineering consultant, the little company has doubled its sales every year and now has eight staff who perform all duties down to hand-building the wheels that go out on complete bikes.

The latest development is the Silk Route tourer to complement the existing September Audax model, what Roche sees as an important category as the market for these utilitarian bikes grows. Price is £2,199.

Plus, the new SRAM ‘Apex’ component set has opened the opportunity to offer a couple of lower priced bikes based on the existing ‘September’ Audax and ‘Silk Road’ road race frames. Price is £1,750 for either.   


  • Nick Rearden

    Hi Matt, it would be news if you were looking for a titanium touring bike but the problem is we don’t have a separate section for product news and the sort of racing news that you’re used to seeing on the CW website. The good news is that there this a bit of a redesign in the works so you can distinguish better between your areas of interest. The bad, possibly for you, is that in the meantime we will be doing more webs stories of all kinds in the build up to having some news to populate these new areas when it happens. The idea of the little preview area is to help you decide if the news item is something that interests you and you can always pass on. One thing for sure, and something we’re always told when we ask our readers what they want to see on the website, is that there should be more product and technical coverage but we do acknowledge we have to do a better job of clearly showing the ‘departments’ on the homepage.

  • Hadyn Bosher @ 77in Thailand

    Last week i recall,the “advert’ was for jerseys!!

  • Matt

    Not really a news item is it? More like an advert.