As most of you know, 14 Bike Co from London were one of the very first companies out there to build a hardcourt bike polo specific frame. They started with a 700c and eventually worked on a 26 inspired by old British grass polo frames. These frames are all handbuilt in England which remains true to their original ethos.
The 14 polo bikes with their zero rake forks and mega short wheelbase played a huge influence on London’s polo scene and helped take the game further. They ride like a dream and the maneuverability is like no other polo bike out there. However, things do change. The game is moving in all kinds of directions. Whilst some NA players out there are moving to 26, some Londoners et al are switching right back to 700! You gotta love development. And whilst zero rake is still cutting it for some, finding ‘that ‘holy trail’ has become a big priority.
14 Bike Co. (despite almost vanishing from the face of the Earth) have been busy plotting and planning their next venture. And things are picking right back up. I can’t give too much away right now but what I can tell you all is that some new polo frames are going to be emerging very soon. Whilst the current version (bendy ST) will still be available, a new style with a brand new geo (inc Holy Trail) is about to drop. Two 26ers and maybe, just maybe, a 700! Oh and they’re gonna be Cosmic! We’re hoping these will be available ‘off the peg’ in specific sizes. Stay tuned for more info.
In the meanwhile, keep up to date with all the happenings over at the 14 BIKE CO site. The blog is back up and running and a few new sections are about to be added. Might even see a few polo players in the ‘my14’ bit.
Also, check out Duncans new ESB 29er built by SuperTed. Very awesome!