With the seventh issue of The Bikepacking Journal on the horizon, we’ve teamed up with the crew at Fairlight Cycles (@fairlightcycles) in the UK for an extra special giveaway, and we’re thrilled to announce that one randomly selected member of our Bikepacking Collective will be receiving a Fairlight Faran 2.0 frameset in their choice of size and color and featuring a Hope headset and seatpost clamp upgrade, valued at £1,029 ($1,400).
In our opinion, the Faran 2.0 is one of the most thoughtfully designed framesets on the market today, and it’s packed with utilitarian touches and bikepacking-friendly features that set it apart from other off-the-shelf options. It caught my eye when it was announced last summer, and after reading Fairlight’s detailed 89-page design notes booklet and chatting with the Fairlight team, I ended up purchasing a frameset earlier this year as my do-everything rig. I recently took mine to France for its weeklong maiden voyage in the Alps (more on my Faran 2.0 build and that trip later this year), where it proved to be supremely comfortable and capable for long days of riding on mixed terrain.
Logan was also eager to test one, and he published an excellent in-depth Faran 2.0 review back in June. Unsurprisingly, he was impressed by its versatility, ride quality, and clever design, finding a whole lot to love about it and concluding, “Anyone looking for an all-road, utility-forward rig that’s equally at home as a randonneur, light touring bike, commuter, or gravel-bikepacker would likely love Fairlight’s Faran 2.0.”
Introduction to the Faran 2.0
Fairlight’s Faran 2.0 is a steel frameset built from carefully selected and custom-formed Reynolds 631 tubing. It has a low-mid trail geometry designed to balance unloaded agility and loaded stability, clearance for big tires, a spacious main triangle for mounting bags, and provisions for front and rear racks, full fenders, three sets of bottle mounts on the main triangle, four-pack mounts on the fork legs, and front and rear dynamo routing. Its ovalized top tube is an eye-catcher and is designed to flex under load while remaining laterally stiff. According to Fairlight, the flattened design is structurally superior to a traditional top tube too. Frames are made in Europe from tubes fabricated in the UK, and their proportional geometry lets riders pick between regular and tall versions of their full run of 51cm to 61cm sizes, for a total of 10 size options. The Faran 2.0 frameset is priced at £949 ($1,296) in the UK, £869.91 ($1,188) in the EU, and £790.83 ($1,080) elsewhere, subject to local VAT and duties, depending on the region.
Fairlight Faran 2.0 Features
There’s so much crammed into the Faran 2.0 that we’ll point you to Fairlight’s website to check out the full list of frameset specs, tech, and compatibility, as well as detailed geometry charts and a fit guide, but here’s a quick list of features worth highlighting:
- Three-pack mounts on fork
- Internal dynamo routing on frame/fork
- Three sets of bottle bosses
- Front and rear rack mounts
- Fender mounts
- Clearance for 650B x 58mm or 700c x 45mm tires (conservatively)
- Bentley x Fairlight 142x12mm flat-mount dropouts
- Front and rear Fairlight axles
- Fairlight 3D printed cable guide
- 68mm threaded BB shell
- 27.2mm seatpost
Want a Chance to Win?
Everyone who has joined our Bikepacking Collective by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, October 17th, will automatically be entered to win a Fairlight Faran 2.0 frameset (or one of several other prizes). By joining, you’ll also receive two issues of The Bikepacking Journal in the mail each year, plus have access to lots of other great member benefits, including tons of exclusive discounts from our favorite brands. We’re largely reader-supported and our members are essential to ensuring the future of BIKEPACKING.com. Thanks in advance for supporting our work!
You can learn more about the Faran 2.0 and Fairlight’s other models—the Secan and Strael—by visiting FairlightCycles.com.
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