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Bikes & Frames - NERVE 600sl
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

 

NERVE 600sl Preview

 

by Mark Tearle

 

The full custom carbon fibre, Nerve 600sl

 

Fully custom. Check! Build to your specification. Check. Custom carbon. PHWOAR! Rubs thighs!

 
We introduced NERVE bikes in July and had an extended opportunity of having a play on the carbon flagship bike, the NERVE 600sl, in the dying embers of summer.
 
NERVE 600sl
 
As we reported, Mark Reilly and his team at NERVE are offering fully custom bikes on a commission only basis in a number of materials, from traditional Columbus and Reynolds steel, the mystical Reynolds 953 stainless steel, titanium and carbon, all hand crafted from the NERVE facility in Newhaven, Sussex.
 
NERVE 600sl
 
Fully custom means that you get a bike to fit you, your riding style, your build preference and any colour way combination that your imagination and bank balance will allow.
 
NERVE 600sl
 
The demo 600sl that I’ve been riding boasts an incredible light weight, at 679g for a medium size 54cm frame and the full build – 3T bars and stem, NERVE branded carbon seatpost, Reynolds Attack carbon wheels shod with 25mm Continental GP 4000 tyres, Columbus Grammy fork, compass headset, Prologo saddle and bar tape, and full Campagnolo Super Record grupo – weighing in at just a pip over 6kg.

 
NERVE 600sl
 
The first impression of the bike is of restrained and understated cool; traditional round tubing shapes with internal cabling, EPS/Di2 ready. Without wanting to get overly romantic it’s a thing of pure beauty.
 
NERVE 600sl
 
The stylised rounded tube shapes in the front triangle are brought into the 21st century with a fatter down tube joined to a tapered head tube and a beefy BB86 bottom bracket junction, the rear triangle has tapered squared chain-stays with pencil thin seat stays and 27.2mm seat post.
 
NERVE 600sl
 
NERVE 600sl
 
NERVE 600sl
 
I’ll report back in a few weeks with my thoughts and impressions of riding this truly enigmatic wonder-bike.
 
NERVE 600sl
 
NERVE 600sl Frame, fork and headset – £2999
 

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