Introducing Fairdale’s High End Steel Roadbike: the Goodship

When Austin, Texas based Fairdale first came onto the cycling market, it all began with the Skate Rack. Soon, ex-pro BMXr Taj Mihelich and his team at OTX began designing commuter bikes and other around-town / get outta-town rides.

From there, Fairdale grew and in my opinion, it wasn’t until the Weekender OG that the company reached its full potential. A 1×9 disc, townie bar cruiser quickly took over. Now just about every city has fleets of Weekenders rolling around, all built up differently, as per the customer’s specific needs. Even the production models have options now: a drop bar with disc and a canti version.

For 2014, Fairdale is set to release their most ambitious project yet: the Goodship road bike. A race-inspired geometry, paired with Fairdale sensibilities. Utilizing the Odyssey integrated head tube, scaled for a road bike, an ENVE road fork and a custom pulled Japanese Drawnright tubeset. This tubeset is custom butted, heat treated, custom shaped and tuned to Fairdale’s specifications.

The Goodship has all the aesthetics of a custom road bike with the price and availability of a production model.

Austin-native and longtime friend of Odyssey, Hanson Little was given a prototype frame a few weeks ago and has been putting in miles on it around Texas Hill Country. While Hanson’s build it not to Fairdale’s complete build spec, his bike gives you a good idea of what the Goodship will look like.

Hanson built this bike with a mix of old and new parts – like we all do. Thomson post, stem, HED bars, Chris King hubs to Stans tubeless rims with Hutchinson tires and a mix of SRAM Red and Force. When I say a mix, I mean a mix – even the shifters have been built from replacement parts.

The Goodship fits a 28c tire and the production model will have a little more room in the rear triangle. There are talks about adding more length to the head tube, but personally, I hope it stays as is. Right now, the stance of this bike is so unlike anything else in Fairdale’s lineup that it really sets itself apart. In a good way.

Because this is such an ambitious undertaking for the brand, they’re making sure every detail is dialed before they go into production. Right now, they’re planning on having the Goodship at Interbike, with availability before the end of the year. You can expect the Goodship to have an MSRP of under $3,000 for the complete kit, built with higher-end SRAM and Fairdale’s own wheels. The initial run of 50 Goodship frame kits (Frame, Fork, Headset) will retail for $999.99.

The Goodship’s initial run will be limited to 4 sizes: 54, 56, 58, 60

54 FRAME:
ST Length (BB center to top) – 51cm
TT Length (Horizontal, effective) – 55.2 cm
BB Drop – 70mm
CS Length – 405mm
ST Angle – 74
HT Angle – 73
Fork Rake – 43mm
HT Length – 150mm (integrated head tube)

*56 FRAME:
ST Length (BB center to top) – 53cm
TT Length (Horizontal, effective) – 56.5cm
BB Drop – 70mm
CS Length – 405mm
ST Angle – 73
HT Angle – 73.5
Fork Rake – 43mm
HT Length – 170mm (integrated head tube)

58 FRAME:
ST Length (BB center to top) – 55cm
TT Length (Horizontal, effective) – 58cm
BB Drop – 70mm
CS Length – 407mm
ST Angle – 73
HT Angle – 73.5
Fork Rake – 43mm
HT Length – 190mm (integrated head tube)

60 FRAME:
ST Length (BB center to top) – 57 cm
TT Length (Horizontal, effective) – 58.5 cm
BB Drop – 68mm
CS Length – 410mm
ST Angle – 73
HT Angle – 73.5
Fork Rake – 43mm
HT Length – 210mm (integrated head tube)

*Approximate 56cm frame weight is 1800g / 3.96lbs (Fully painted with inner rustproofing) – The bike photographed is a 56cm.

  • http://evilsockmonkeysinc.com CyclingNerd

    After seeing this, I feel like the bike shop I work at needs to become a Fairdale dealer! The hand-drawn looking lettering does it for me…well, the whole bike does actually.

    • James Moore

      I agree, the whimsical hand drawn look of the graphics are just beautiful. I really, really love that touch of uniqueness.

      • Richard Smith

        Absolutely – refreshing to see! Much cooler than all the macho-futuristic typefaces we usually see on bicycles

  • PedalFaster

    This is really well done and I think it really fills a void in the production steel market with o/s tubing and a replaceable derailleur hanger. But why no small sizes? The 54 is going to be to long for me otherwise I’d snap up the frameset in a heartbeat.

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      I think the 58 and 60 should be combined and there should be a 52 for sure…

      • http://www.brokenandcoastal.com/ Broken and Coastal

        I hope so.

  • abelincoln

    Plans to sell frame/fork only too?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      “Frame and fork MSRP TBD”

      • http://www.neilbridge.co.uk/ Mr_Bridge

        This thing looks ace. Will be interesting to see how it stacks up detail for detail, dollar-for-dollar against framesets like the All-City Mr Pink and the Ritchey Road Logic.

        • http://theradavist.com John Watson

          It’s $999.99 and I think it’s completely different than AC and Ritchey. It’s oversized tubing for one and has an integrated headset, which allows for lower stack. To me, this is what is popular now with American framebuilding, in a more affordable production pricepoint.

  • btdubs

    This bike is dialed, yo!

  • http://www.brokenandcoastal.com/ Broken and Coastal

    Damn. Being short sucks.

    • cezeOne

      know those feels, bro.

      • Arturo

        being short do suck, but one of these HAS GOT to fit you all. long and low, get with the speed bros. stretch it out!

        • Rogan

          no way a 55 ETT would fit most people under 5’8

          • http://theradavist.com John Watson

            Agreed

    • hurricane_josh

      i’m not even that short (5’10) and the smallest size is 2cm too long in the TT

  • Ethan

    Might be my graduation present to myself if it’s coming in under $3k.

  • recurrecur

    Really nice looking bike –
    but at that price I think I’d go custom for a little $ more.

    • Ian Stone

      A little more? Most builders spec their custom frames at $1799 minus fork. That’s double.

      • http://theradavist.com John Watson

        Yeah I wish I could get custom pricing for $1k

  • http://theradavist.com John Watson

    Frame, fork and headset: $999.99

    • Ian Stone

      That’s a killer price

  • marty larson

    I’m like Broken and Coastal, but on the other end of the spectrum. They need to combine the 58 and the 60, and make a 62 with at least a 60cm tt. Gotta fit the tall folk out there too dammit. If you’ve got any pull John, let ‘em know that!

    • marty larson

      But yeah, that thing is freakin’ rad. Its exactly the kind of road bike I like. Versatile. Like my Surly Pacer, but nicer.

      • http://theradavist.com John Watson

        I think they’re testing the waters with this bike. If there’s a demand for bikes at either end of the sizing range, they’ll address those for sure.

        • Dan

          I hope this is a success for them. I’ve wanted one of these since they started teasing it on IG, but the expensive carbon fork kills my woody a bit. I was going to wait for this to come out with the idea of building a focused road bike, but I ended up getting a WeekenderOG frameset and shifting my vision to a slightly more comfort/commuting build.

          If they make the frame alone available, I’ll be in line to get one.

          • http://theradavist.com John Watson

            Why don’t you like the fork? I love carbon forks on modern steel road frames. Especially when you can fit a 28c in the ENVE carbon forks.

          • Dan

            The only problem I have with the ENVE fork, (Which is, by every account I’ve heard a wonderful item,) is the expense. I imagine the Goodship would be loads cheaper frame only, and there are plenty of chromo forks that are good forks for at least $300 less than the ENVE. The Goodship, Mr Pink, and Orange One Road represent attainable steel road bikes for those of us who can only drool over the likes of a Feather, Bishop or Independent. The ENVE isn’t a dealbreaker, but it makes it a more painful purchase for those of us on a budget.

          • http://theradavist.com John Watson

            Yeah, I totally get that. I thought it was about ride quality / fear of carbon.

  • JPspin

    This makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Breeze-in dropouts and oversize steel tubing in an affordable package. With bikes like this and the Macho King my faith in humanity has been restored.

  • saaaaaaaaaantiago

    i have never really desired a road specific bike till now

  • Stuart Hetherington

    Looks really nice. It’s a similar design/price point with the exact opposite aesthetic sensibilities as the Wraith Hustler on the site a couple weeks ago. I feel like both complains are responding well to the needs of the steel enthusiast that can’t really afford a custom-build
    while keeping loyal to their respective brand identity.

  • stefanrohner

    beautiful

  • Steve Benes

    I’d put money down on one today if it was available in a 52.

  • Hunter Garrison

    Love the look but no 52 cm is lame, few ladies could ride these, or myself being 5’7″. Lots of bike racers/riders are around this height..

    edit: it seems like I’m preaching to the choir.

  • mike.m.

    pacers came first, then the skaterack.