Werking cycles custom frame review

A custom bike is the ultimate N+1 – but does the hype around bespoke frames really stack up out on the road?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A springy and responsive frame which ticked the compliance v stiffness boxes expertly for the bike rider it was designed for. No real aero gains to speak of, but a low weight which certainly shone. A bit of geometry indecision still hanging around, and it could well be worth making sure you're settled into your co-ordinates before investing.

Reasons to buy
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    Perfect balance of compliance and stiffness

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    Expert handling

Reasons to avoid
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    No visible aero features

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Bikes are simpler than people - you tend to know if you like them straight away - and I certainly felt favourably towards my Werking custom bike from the very first ride.

There is something undeniably special about a custom frame. A bike that is designed to suit you, and only you - and might well cause someone else to spontaneously combust should they attempt to ride it (or at least, that's what I told them).

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Werking CC537379
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Canyon Ultimate XS522378

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