Independent Fabrication XS

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Score

10/10

Pros

  • Perfect sportive ride
  • Light
  • Superb workmanship
  • Great looks

Price as reviewed:

£4,455

  • The Independent Fabrication XS is a mix of titanium and carbon and one of

    the company’s most sought-after frames. The Boston-based manufacturer

    makes high-end custom-builds (as well as bikes with standard geometry)

    and doesn’t have a traditional price-pointed range, but the XS still

    stands out.

    As first rides go, the Marmotte has to be right up there in terms of putting a bike through its paces. The 174-kilometre Alpine event throws everything at both man and machine, so I don’t recommended anyone following my example, even if I did come out of it (relatively) unscathed.

    Equipped with Campag Record and sporting a new set of Mavic R-SYS wheels the bike’s weight meant it was well suited to the challenge I had been set (the Marmotte was followed the next day by riding the Etape du Tour). But if the bike’s minimal weight can be matched by most other bike manufacturers out there, the quality of the ride cannot.

    I was sceptical when I heard the bike was a mix of carbon and titanium. It would be neither fish nor fowl, I thought, with each material cancelling out the other’s finer properties. I was wrong.

    INDEPENDENT FABRICATION XS: SPEC

    Distributor Mosquito Bikes 020 7226 8765

    Price £4455 (including painting

    Frame Carbon/titanium

    Fork Reynolds

    Size range Custom or 48-63cm

    Weight 15.7lb (7.13kg)

    Groupset Campagnolo Record

    Wheels Mavic R-SYS Size tested 54 (custom)

    Verdict

    The Independent Fabrication XS blends carbon and titanium to create a bike with the most sublime ride qualities. The bike purred along, giving my backside the most comfortable ride during two days of purgatory. It was light, it was stiff (enough), and it rode like a dream. A great sportive bike.