We like to feature a wide range of bikes in YCS. We haven’t featured anything like this before though – it’s an exotic WyndyMilla time trial bike ridden by talented 16-year-old all-rounder Harry Paine. It’s a pretty special bike, with a made-to-measure carbon frame, Shimano Di2 electric gears, Reynolds wheels, Rotor Q-Ring chainrings, and many other top components. WyndyMilla co-founder & designer Henry Furniss told us the story of the bike.
Harry’s Saw Doctor is our fifth-generation composite time trial bike – made to measure. Our mission on the TT bike side of things on the face of it has been simple: develop a TT bike with all the latest wind-cheating innovations that is 100% custom – rare!
The main challenge is building a handmade TT frame without it being too heavy. We started with a 2kg prototype and have been working to reduce the weight from there. Since we built Harry’s frame we’ve improved the design even further. We’ve integrated the down-tube & head-tube into a single mould which is lighter. We changed the chainstays to be lighter & stiffer too. The rear dropouts have been machined in order, once again, to reduce the weight. We’ve also removed the third wrap of carbon that creates a uniform aesthetic in the carbon wave. This is a new option which saves 70 to 100g too.
The result is a marginally stiffer frame but a whopping 400g weight loss from the frame & fork. Our custom composite Saw Doctor frame & fork costs £3550, while the custom aluminium version costs £1550.