Dr S wrote:
I've spoken to Geoff Apps and he has confirmed that he is working with Brant and designing this frame. This puts a different light on things. Provided that they make a good job of building it and Geoff gets the credit and hopefully a big bag of royalties then all is cool and groovy. His bikes really deserve to get some success after all these years.
Ha ha! An ironic twist which means that if it doesn't meet your specific criteria...
I am afraid to disappoint those people who want a Highpath.
"But when you start cashing in on the current Retro Cool* without respecting the quality and craftsmanship of those original designs to make a fast buck then it gets a little close to the bone."
...then I trust you'll give Geoff Apps the same treatment as you give Brant. Or if it does meet your criteria then I trust you'll praise both Geoff AND Brant for doing a good job. But I wouldn't be surprised if you sit on the fence so you don't have to make that decision.
Looking forward to seeing the new Highpath.
The Highpath was a highly engineered hand made bike built to the requirements of its owner. Even at 1980's prices they cost £2000 and took a long time to build. They were killed off by inexpensive highly engineered bikes from the far east. I am also afraid to disappoint those who want a reproduction Cleland or Highpath. Geoff and I did consider the retro option, and though we believe that such a bike would find a market, we are more interested in creating an alternative to the mountain bike than a retro-styled fashion statement.
The new bike is a Cleland. A practical and functional machine exactly as Geoff intended with his 1970's and 80's bikes. Well engineered but built in the far east in order to reduce the costs. The only link to Highpath is that we intend, if feasible it will have some highly engineered and innovative components not found on other bikes.
I must sign off now and go and do some preparation for tomorrows 28th annual Cleland reunion ride at Wendover.
I will leave you with this link to the Cleland Website. At the bottom of the page are some video links of Geoff riding a prototype bike.