If you were assigned with the task of checking out Grinduro courses around the globe, what bike would you choose? We catch up with James from the Grinduro Planning Squad to see what he chose for the job.
Putting on a Grinduro event takes planning, sometimes years, to make sure that the location, venue and most importantly, the courses feature that all important, perfect party to race ratio that makes a Grinduro… well, a GRINDURO! James is part of our planning squad and has what he describes as “the perfect party to work ratio” when it comes to day jobs. But enough about him, tell us about the bike.
Shand Cycles have been working out of their workshop at the foot of the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Scotland since 2003, building custom steel bikes which span the spectrum of cycling from road to mountain and everything in-between. This particular frame borrows heavily from Shand’s gravel/adventure bike, the Stooshie, but with tweaked geometry to make it more nimble in the singletrack. A Stoosh-duro if you will.
While Shand typically adorn their frames with practical niceties such as fender eyelets and rack mounts, this Stoosh omits these from its Columbus Life tubes. While it may be less versatile, it sure as heck looks sleek. Especially with the oh-so Grinduro purple candy paint finish. We had to ask about the white scripture on the top tube, what is that all about? “The paint job was done by Euan, Shand’s former bike painter” explains James “and a football (soccer) fan with a memory for obscure away kits – the sleeve of 1994’s Clydebank FC kit lends itself to the toptube – google it.”
Finishing off the Columbus theme, the build uses the Italian brand’s Futura Cross+ fork which incorporates a bunch of anything-cage ‘pimples’ to load up with gear, and multi-rake adjustability to tweak the fork offset based on tire width and adjustability. “I’ve yet to try it out, but in theory I can slacken off the rake and make the bike extra rowdy” comments James.
So, if you spot a distinctively purple Shand out on the trails near you, chances are you’ve stumbled upon a secret Grinduro planning mission! We just love riding bikes as much as everyone else, so why not say hi and you might get the inside scoop!