Posted by Miles Arbour
This past weekend at The Cycle Show in Birmingham, UK, Mason Cycles revealed two unique additions to their growing lineup, the InSearchOf (ISO) and the Aspect. Mason Cycles first stepped into the off-road scene back in 2016 with the introduction of their Bokeh line of gravel bikes. The Bokeh was designed around getting off pavement and moving fast – something Mason calls “AdventureSport”. The new InSearchOf was created with even more utility. Here’s an overview of both of the bikes, including links to learn more.
Mason InSearchOf (ISO)
29/27.5+ Steel Hardtail
In InSearchOf is designed around custom formed Dedacciai ‘Zero’ Steel tubing and a Reynolds 853 steel seat tube. InSearchOf can be shod with 29 x 2.4″ wheels and tires or 27.5 x 2.8″ rubber for a more versatile dirt touring setup. The frame features dropper post compatibility and plenty of mounts, including triple-cage mounts on and under the down tube. Exclusive to the ISO, the Mason Hot Shoe Fork features triple-cage mounts, internal routing for dynamo light systems, and eyelets for racks and mudguards.
InSearchOf has an optional bespoke load-bearing mudguard or specific rack system unique. The Shutter mudguard provides ample coverage from dirt and debris and also doubles as a small front rack when using the integrated strap loops. The ISO is also compatible with a 100m suspension fork and has 160/180 flat-mount brakes. Both the Force 1 and Rival builds come stock with a Mason x Hunt ‘The Search’ Dynamo front wheel and HUNT 27.5 TrailWide Boost rear, with WTB Ranger tires on both the 27.5 and 29er models.
The SRAM Force 1X Hydro build is priced at £3500. The SRAM Rival 1x Hydro build is priced at £3195. It also looks like frame sets will be available for £1495 and rolling chassis starting at £2000.
Mason Cycles describes the new Aspect as “super-smooth, fast, ultra-distance rocket ship for long rides on harder surfaces.” With a newly developed Ti tube set and 3D printed Ti dropouts, the Aspect’s geometry is based on the Mason Resolution, but tweaked for more rider comfort on super long rides. As the Aspect is part of Mason’s custom build program, the full build details aren’t readily available, but we do know the Aspect can be built up around Rival 1x, 105, Force 1x, Ultegra, Di2 and ETAP. Full build prices start at £4845, the frameset is £3250, and rolling chassis start at £3574.
For more information on both of these bikes, head over to the Mason Cycles blog here.