The last Field Cycle we saw on The Spoken was the Sheffield team’s Fixed Road. Since then, there’s been a few more sightings of their colorful frames, most recently at the 2013 Bespoked Bristol show. Their latest offering, a 29er MTB prototype, is less tall and slender, but actually does belong in a field.
Sheffield, with its history of steel production, was the perfect location to nurture an operation like Field Cycles, and the trails that wend through the surrounding Peak District proved to be an ideal testing ground for their 29er. It’s refreshing to see a girder fork make an appearance on a modern machine.
Harry Harrison is the frame builder of the four-man team and constructed the frame from Reynolds 853 for the top and down tubes and Columbus S for the chain stays. The seat stays, seat tube and fork were assembled from 4130 Chromoly, not to mention the stem and custom-made dropouts.
The elegant Field Cycles head badge, investment cast in bronze, is already beginning to show evidence of verdigris patina. It yields a stark contrast of textures with the swatches of color, designed by Tom, another partner, and applied without stickers or decals by Sheffield’s own Cromaworks.
See more on the Field Cycles website.