Gravel smasher and CX racer
The DSS3GR delivers geometry finely tuned for fast gravel riding and bike packing. A mix of Columbus and custom formed Reynolds 853 tubing combine with longer wheelbase, tweaked front end geometry and a lower bottom bracket. All adding up to give you the confidence and ride quality that only a finely crafted steel machine can.
The DSS3CX tune was tested and developed in the slop of the UK cyclocross scene, the CX tune delivers a thoroughbred CX offering that pushes the boundaries of what is achievable in steel. The DSS3 CX is designed to be pushed hard right the way out the other side of your comfort zone, all the while with features to make CX racing as pleasurable as possible (if thats even possible).
Whether its a hard thrash on your local loop, a long, hot and dusty 160km over testing Moroccan gravel, or a CX race on a frosty Sunday morning, the DSS3 will be right there smoothing the trail and carving the turns.
With each of our DSS bikes we like to push the envelope on whats achievable with custom steel. It allows us to invest time into design that full custom builds don’t and the DSS3 is a big push of the envelope. The lynch pin of the frame design is the 3D printed seat lug. There’s been over a years development in this single part alone and we’re really excited to be able to offer this bike featuring such innovative design and manufacturing.
Tyre clearance, mud shedding, shouldering comfort, ease of cleaning post race, are all key features for an outstanding CX machine. The 3D printed seat lug is the focal point of all these design considerations. It allows us to seamlessly use a heavily ovalized top tube for ride characteristics and comfortable shouldering, it sets the seat stays further apart for greater tire clearance and mud shedding. Finally it also allows us to route the rear derailleur cable fully internally, meaning less cable to rub on your frame and less hassle to clean, as well of course un-cluttering the pure lines of the frame.
The tube set is a mix of the finest steel tubes from Reynolds and Columbus, tuned for a responsive ride, balancing weight and durability. The frame also features thru axle technology and flat mount disc brakes. The final striking featuring is the lack of brake bridge (CX tune only), a key feature in reducing mud build up.
Finished with silver brazed, stainless braze on’s, including dead ended bottle bosses to reduce water ingress. Making sure your frame stands up to whatever the climate can throw at it.
Frame tubing Custom Reynolds 853/Columbus Zona/3D printed lug // Fork Columbus Futura CX or Gravel // Weight From 1800g // Headset 44mm // Bottom bracket 68mm BSA // Tyre clearance 700x42c // Seat tube 27.2mm seat post/28.6mm front mech band // Dropouts Thru axle with replaceable hanger
Geometry and fit
The DSS3 comes in two different tunes. The DSSGR is tuned for gravel riding and bike packing, with a lower bottom bracket for comfort and stability. The steering geometry is also designed around a shorter stem length, giving added confidence through rougher terrain. The DSS3CX is tuned for CX racing and the tight turns and extra clearance that is called for on a CX race course.
We offer 3 “stock” sizes; 54cm, 56cm and 58cm, alongside our custom size program. The stock sizes tend to cover most bases. If you have fit details already, then you can send these through to us and we can see which would be the most suitable. If you’re not fitting on one of the below sizes or you want that stance just so, custom is the way to go…
We love paint and for the DSS bikes you have several options:
Single Colour – If you like it simple you can choose from any of our base colours for a single colour with logo’s design. (Included in base frame price)
Signature – Of course one of the most fun parts of the DSS bikes for us is coming up with a Signature paint job for it. The DSS3 gets the splatter, tempting you to get out there and get dirty. This is the ultimate paint design if you're not much of a bike cleaner! (Additional cost involved)
Custom Signature – Still haven’t got you covered, then let us work up a special version of the Signature paint design for you. Let us know your chosen base colour from our awesome colour palette and we’ll cook you up something special!
Still want more
We can offer a selection of custom upgrades to tune your bike to your exacting requirements.
Custom sizing £100
Braze on front derailleur hanger £35
Di2 routing £65
3rd bottle cage mounts £35
Rack mounts £45
Mudguard eyes £55
Donhou Bridge £35
Chain hitch £25
Pump peg £25
Your personal specification sheet
We work closely with you in the realisation of you DSS bike and all builds get a personal specification sheet. This allows us to keep track of any custom extras you may require and allows you to see your custom sizing, so you know exactly what you are ordering. This also works as a great tool for us to discuss and finalise any custom paint designs.
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