Donhou Bikes: The New DSS3 Steel Cyclocross Bike is Here!
June 22nd, 2017
June 22nd, 2017
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Having walked away earlier in the year with the coveted 'Best Cyclocross Bike' award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, things are really gathering pace for the DSS3, the forthcoming new frame set in Donhou's Signature Steel series.
Just like the two bikes that came before it, the DSS3 was built with a clear purpose in mind; to make riding cyclocross as fun and fast as possible. "We don't want to give too much of the details away while we finalise this bike, but this is one we haven't been able to leave alone, hence it being a year behind release!" says Tom Donhou, "All the extra work means this is going to be one awesome machine". We don't doubt that for a minute, knowing Tom's work.
What we can talk about is the key distinguishing feature; the seat lug. It is 3D printed and is central to the bikes design, allowing Donhou to work in multiple features, which Tom insists makes racing cyclocross both faster and easier. As well as Tom's own influence on the design of the bike, prototypes were put into the hands of Neil Phillips; a Kibosh rider, Trans-Con racer, cyclocross thrasher and all-round rad dude. Neil really put the prototype through its paces, with appearances and podiums at events including Yorkshire's epic Three Peaks Cyclocross race, the National Cyclocross Championships and the fiercely competitive London League. From the sounds of things, he had a blast riding the DSS3 and his feedback has been invaluable in fine-tuning it. “Whether it was the steps and rocks of the 3 Peaks or hucking it through the trees, the bike carried its speed, stayed planted and never faltered" said Neil, "We made some tweaks through the season and now the bike rips!”
Thanks to Jim Holland for the awesome photos.