Pearson HammerandTongs road bike review

A ride that perfectly blends pace and plushness

Pearson HammerandTongs
(Image credit: Phil Sowels/Cycling Weekly)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

This could be simultaneously the fastest and smoothest endurance bike I’ve ever ridden. The ride quality of the stiff, aero frame paired with the big 32mm tubeless GP5000s is just mouthwatering. At £5,650 its value for money is on a par with similar bikes from the big brands, though as a smaller company Pearson will never be able to undercut the likes of Giant. However, if you don’t want to follow the herd and are looking for something a bit different with a local name on the down tube that has a supreme ride, I can absolutely recommend the Pearson.

Reasons to buy
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    Lovely ride quality

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    Balanced geometry

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    Clearance for big tyres

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    Aero efficiency

Reasons to avoid
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    Relatively high price

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The Pearson HammerandTongs is the newest, aero-ised version of the London brand's endurance bike. It's named after the way it ought to be ridden but is also intended literally as a nod to the tools used by Pearson’s founder, Tom Pearson, who was a blacksmith by trade when he founded the business in 1860 making Pearson’s officially the world’s oldest bike shop. The current owners, Guy and Will Pearson, are the fifth generation of the family.

Pearson HammerandTongs: frame

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Pearson HammerandTongsHeader Cell - Column 1 Header Cell - Column 2
FrameHigh modulus carbonRow 0 - Cell 2
ForkAll carbon, tapered steererRow 1 - Cell 2
GroupsetShimano Ultegra Di2Row 2 - Cell 2
WheelsPearson Hoopdriver Tooth & NailRow 3 - Cell 2
TyresContinental Grand Prix 5000 TL 32mmRow 4 - Cell 2
BarPearson carbon integratedRow 5 - Cell 2
StemPearson carbon integratedRow 6 - Cell 2
SeatpostPearson carbon aeroRow 7 - Cell 2
SaddlePro TurnixRow 8 - Cell 2
Weight8.2kgRow 9 - Cell 2

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.