Maisie’s our first prototype, and foray into this zany world of bamboo and composites.


She likes to flaunt a cyclocross edge, with clearance for 35mm tyres and cantilever brakes up front. There’s a few misgivings thou, her rear end’s stuck in one gear and she thought brake bosses made her bum look fat; so she opted for some slimming single-pivot calipers instead. The rest of her is designed for the hard-knocks of the city, but change her tyres and she’ll rip through grass, mud and sand, like any CX bike should.

The shoot



  • Tubing: Bamboo
  • Joints:  Rear end: Sisal, The rest: fibreglass & carbon-fibre with steel inserts for BB shell, seat-tube and head-tube.
  • Frame weight is 2.6kg.


  • Handlebars: Truevativ
  • Stem: Ritchey Carbon
  • Headset: PRO RM-11
  • Fork: PRO Carbon CX
  • Seatpost: Ritchey Comp
  • Saddle: Ritchey WCS Carbon
  • Pedals: Shimano SPD


  • Cranks: P, 170mm, 42T
  • Cog: Surly 16T
  • Chain: Connex
  • Brake levers: Cane Creek SCR-5
  • Brakes front: Tektro Oryx Cantilever
  • Brakes Rear: Weinmann Type 750 Single-pivot caliper


  • Rims: Mavic A319
  • Tyres: Maxxis Detonator
  • Hubs: 2nd hand
  • Spokes: Straight-gauge steel.


Maisie was custom built for Mik. He’s a short 165cm, so she’s pretty little. Here’s her vital dimensions:

  • HT: 72°
  • ST: 74°
  • ST: 500mm
  • BB height: 278mm
  • CS:425mm
  • TT: 541mm