Lios is a new boutique bike company that we first came across at the Orbital Cycling Festival. Their mission is to bring a more personalised service to the bike buying process, helping their clients every step of the way.
The founder, Steve McCulley, built his first bike, with the help of his father, when he was just eight years old and was racing by the time he was thirteen. A sixteen year career in the Royal Marines saw Steve representing both the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines in triathlon and cycle racing… but that all came to an end in the summer of 2011 when he was severely injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
After three weeks in a coma and two years medical rehabilitation, Steve looked to his first love of cycling to give him the lift he needed. Spotting a possible gap in the market, Steve decided to focus on bike fitting aiming to offer a more personalised, bespoke tailoring service for people that want the best and need expert guidance. So with support from the Royal Marines and organisations like Help for Heroes and Heropreneurs, LIOS Bikes was born.
LIOS is an amalgam of Steve’s children’s names, whilst the bike model names come from the Royal Marines. Lios are Cytech Level 3 Bike Technicians and are certified Retül 3D motion analysis bike fitters. All good but Lios are also the first UK company to own and utilise the revolutionary BioBike dynamic fitting system to their clients. They combine the 3D Retul analysis with the BioBike and special torque measuring iCranks to give an extremely comprehensive bike fit. Prices for a bike fitting start at £200.
But having great bike fitting is no good without quality frames, so using Steve’s bike building experience, Lios have been able to offer their own range of carbon framesets made from the best TORAYCA carbon fibre. The frames are of proven design and though from ‘open moulds’ in the Far East, Steve is able to control the quality of the carbon fibre and thereby each frame to ensure that clients are getting the best bike possible.
The Bullet is Lios’ do it all frame, whether road racing or taking on a cyclosportive. The emphasis is on blending lateral stiffness with all day comfort. Prices start from £2500.
The Javelin is their appropriately named time-trial and triathlon bike. It can be fitted with either electronic or mechanical gears and prices start at £2750.