Rollapaluza DJ Alec ( Pedeler) Briggs has been out and about testing the Malcolm Custom Bike and here is the outcome.
Recently I’ve had the honour of riding and racing the Malcolm Custom road frame. I’ve done my best to put it to the test on some of the toughest race circuits and training rides I’m local to, and it’s safe to say, I’m impressed!
First impressions…I was amazed by how comfortable it was on the road, even on the bumpy and uneven country tracks, I was enjoying long training rides for the first time in years. Also it may seem strange but the bike felt fast, all the power I was putting out was being directly transferred to the road.
After getting a feel for the bike on a couple of steady rides, and the fact that Philip Glowinski kept nagging me to start racing again ( Cheers I owe you for the encouragement) I decided it was time to put me and the bike through our paces in competition, where better to do this than in a critirium on a tight circuit with plenty of fast and tight bends.
I raced the bike at the narrow and technical Hove Park, the sweeping bends of Hillingdon and Velo Park, and pushed it too its limits on the corner riddled Crystal Palace possibly my Favourite circuit. Cornering is my favourite thing to do on a bike, and I would like to think I am one of the quicker riders at cornering in the bunch, and I found the front end very stable although the short wheelbase means the bike is very agile.
Out of the saddle the bike felt really stable, and the power transfer was nothing short of excellent when getting on the power out of corners and at the foot of climbs. The paint job is nothing less than outstanding with the blue paint work shining and sparkling making it very pleasing to the eye, a real head turner.
The weight of the frame definitely suits a smooth riding style with the bike handling smoothly when put under pressure. All in all I have been more than impressed with the ‘Malcolm Road Frame’ The comfort on long rides is exquisite despite the weight of the steel tubes, it came up to scratch in the crits with its handling and stability.
I’m feeling quiet upset to be giving this test bike back, and I can’t thank Ashley and Ian at ‘Malcolm Custom’ for giving me the opportunity to ride their bike and I hope I can pay them back and notch up a few wins on it in the new year.
Photos; Gavin Peacock