Mason Cycles Introduces New Bokeh AdventureSport Bike
Mason Cycles has recently unveiled their latest road bike, the Bokeh, which is designed to handle any road surface with speed and agility. While not strictly a gravel bike, the Bokeh is built to be ridden fast on rough terrains. The bike offers the option to go in the Road+ direction with wide, high-volume 650b rubber, making it ideal for adventurous riders. Let’s take a closer look at the features of this bike.
Two Variants: Aluminum and Titanium
The Bokeh is available in two variants: one with an aluminum frame and one with a titanium frame. Dom Mason, the founder of Mason Cycles, has years of experience designing bikes and believes that the ride quality of his alloy bikes surpasses what is typically expected from aluminum bikes. However, for those seeking an even better ride, the titanium option provides a buttery smooth experience.
Built for Adventure
Mason designed the Bokeh in response to the growing demand for bikes that can handle both road and off-road adventures. Many customers were using Mason’s previous models, the Resolution and Definition, off-road and with lightweight touring setups. With the addition of high volume 650b tires, the Bokeh allows riders to venture even further off-road while maintaining comfort during long rides. This is what Mason refers to as AdventureSport – the ability to ride fast and explore new places.
Fast, Stable, and Race-Oriented
While the Bokeh is still built for speed, it is specifically designed for off-road riding. It features slightly slackened angles and a longer wheelbase for more stable handling. The fork has a 50mm offset to ensure quick and responsive handling. Despite these changes, the Bokeh maintains similar stack and reach figures, providing a race-oriented fit rather than the more upright position of many gravel bikes.
Custom Tubing and D-Shaped Downtubes
Both the aluminum and titanium frames of the Bokeh are built using custom tubing sets shaped by Dedacciai in Italy. The frames also feature D-shaped downtubes, similar to Mason’s steel Resolution, to improve stiffness and provide a larger weld area at the tapered head tube and bottom bracket shell. The frames also have slightly dropped chainstays for better clearance and reduced chainslap.
Modular Internal Routing and High Tire Clearance
Both Bokeh frames are equipped with modular internal routing and adaptable cable ports. They also have braze-ons for three water bottles, as well as full-coverage fender mounts. The frames have clearance for 650b tires up to 50mm wide or 700c tires up to 41mm wide. Mason believes that anything larger than that is more suitable for mountain biking.
Availability and Pricing
A limited run of the aluminum Bokeh bikes will be available in September, with pre-orders opening soon. The framesets, including fork, headset, seat clamp, MultiPort inserts, F-Stop thru-axles, and all bolts, will sell for £1150. Mason will offer complete builds with various wheel size options and drivetrains. The titanium frameset will be priced at £2650, with a complete SRAM Force 1x 650b build expected to sell for £4300. More details on build kits and pricing will be released in the coming weeks.
Introducing the New Aperture2 Fork
In addition to the Bokeh, Mason Cycles has also unveiled the all-carbon Aperture2 fork. This fork features a unique solution for dealing with the thru-axle, using tapered and threaded inserts that press into the carbon fork legs. This ensures a creak-free interface and allows riders to choose their preferred axle lever position. The Aperture2 fork offers improved tire clearance and cleaner internal routing of the front brake hose. It will replace the current fork on the Resolution and Definition models and will be available from September.