Readers’ Rides: James’ Temple Prototype Gravel Bike


Readers’ Rides: James’ Temple Prototype Gravel Bike

It’s not often you get photos like James’ in the Readers’ Rides email box. It’s not the bike shots I’m talking about either, check out that rider portrait! So good. Let’s let James describe his Temple prototype in his own words for this week’s Readers’ Rides…

I work in the workshop at Temple so I’m very lucky that I get to ride our prototype frames. This particular drawing will not make the final model, so it’s a little bit unique! This bike is bombproof and over the years I have made the build increasingly shred oriented. It’s a classy ripper.

The frame is a Temple Cycles prototype of our Adventure Disc model, with a Reynolds 725 main triangle. The colour was a special edition we like to call ‘dusty pink’. The fork is a more recent prototype and it didn’t make the batch, so I’ve left it raw for now.

Wheels are from Hunt. The 650b Adventure Sport model, shod with WTB Venture 47s.

TRP Spyres stop me with Ice tech rotors. Shimano GRX rear mech, 42t cassette with wolf tooth hacked 105 chainset, 38t for the tech climbs.

Up front I run the new silver Salsa Cowchipper bar with Shimano 105 levers, finished with Cambium natural rubber bar tape.

Brooks C17 finishes it off!

We’d like to thank all of you who have submitted Readers Rides builds to be shared over here. The response has been incredible and we have so many to share over the next few months. Feel free to submit your bike, listing details, components, and other information. You can also include a portrait of yourself with your bike! Please, shoot landscape-orientation photos, not portrait. Thanks!