Starting Points for a New Build – April 2020

A Functional and Fun adventure bike

Here is a sneaky peek of the next build. This is the first draft of Kelly-Ann’s adventure bike. When Kelly-Ann was a child she remembers with fondness two bicycles, a Dawes Kingpin and a Raleigh Wisp.

Dawes King Pin

Combining the memories of both these childhood bikes blasting around the local housing estate with the contemporary function of a back lane wandering adventure bike was the starting point for this wonderful new design. A modern specification such as disc brakes, 1x drivetrain and wound up carbon forks will inspire confidence on trickier road stretches. Typical of MOSS there are traditional trademarks of a classic custom built lugged frame using Reynolds 853 tubing, 1″ head tube and a limited edition Brooks saddle to complete the timeless aesthetic. Kelly-Ann remembers the Raleigh Wisp’s velvet saddle, we probably can’t match this but the Brooks saddle will certainly be special. Schwalbe G-One all round skinwall tyres provide the traction and the high bar position will aide Kelly-Ann revisiting drops after a long time with her recent bikes being flat bar. Two colour purple fade is a must – Purple is Kel’s favourite colour!

Raleigh Wisp

So it’s time to start frame building. key dimensional data will be taken from BikeCad to mitre the tubes ready for the jig. In the meantime the lugs will need to cleaned and prepared, angles tweaked before the assembly begins… be continued.

Preparing lugs prior to assembly

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AJ April 2020

Lets talk Schlumpf!

Close to the home of Moss Bikes there is a hill called Mow Cop. A favourite for Autumn adventures if you like mixing the Cheshire plains with a few interesting lumps out and about.  From Astbury near Congleton the climb to the top is very pleasant (if you like climbs!). It’s a mixture of steady slopes and the odd ramp to sprint up to the top where you will find the Folly, Mow Cop Castle. There is a more direct way – The Killer Mile. Famous for running up and more recently cycling up during the Cheshire Cat Sportive the Killer Mile is a nice little test of your early/late season fitness. The last section on Top Station Road is a standing-only slog to the summit. Actually the top is a little further-on on Castle Road and when doing the Cheshire Cat Sportive for the first time no-one ever bothers to tell you the slope down is not quite where you’re hoping it will be!

If you could choose any bike for this classic Mow Cop Killer what would it be? This is my answer – The Moss Montopoli.

So why is this bike so special? Well apart from the timeless looks, Reynolds 725 tubing and Wound Up forks there is a very funky gear system hidden away. The Moss Montopoli is a two speed fixed gear road bike. Oh yes, but how? Well checkout the chainset. It’s a Schlumpf  Mountain Drive – it’s a chainset with a built-in planetary gearbox. In normal use the chainset offers a normal 1:1 drive. Press the chrome button with your heal in the middle of the chainset where the crank bolt cap should be. What happens next (immediately) feels like magic. The ratio drops 2.5 times and the cranks move at a different speed to the chainrings. The Moss Montopli can now climb walls, like our cat the bike is named after. Imagine passing a Dogma 10 with ease on 25% ramp on machine that looks like an old school track bike in full-on Chris Froome style – Such fun! …..I’ve done it.

Want to know more about the Schlumpf Mountain Drive? or maybe about those wonderful  Wound Up Carbon Forks?

AJ & Monti

Moss Bikes

October 2017



Back by popular demand……but we only have three Ambassador places available for 2018 as there is currently a 3 year waiting list for a MOSS frame.

When they’re gone they’re gone!

Are you looking to purchase a new custom British steel frame or bike for next season?

Are you looking to complete 3 or more cycling events during 2018? A challenge ride, race, LEJOG or an all-road adventure?

………if so read on, we are looking for someone like you to ride one of our bikes.


You purchase from MOSS BIKES a custom steel frame and receive an amazing 50% discount off the full price ready for your first race or adventure (It’s your’s for life!)

For Example

The MOSS Leeuw. Reynolds 953 stainless steel throughout.

Original frame price £2400 plus forks and headset.

MOSS Leeuw ambassador offer is only £1200 plus forks and headset!


The MOSS Gnaphosa Track Frame. Reynolds lugged 853 throughout.

Original frame price £1500 plus forks and headset.

MOSS Gnaphosa ambassador offer is only £750 plus forks and headset!



It will be a ‘made to measure’ steel road, track, CX, gravel, touring or MTB bike, you name it! The hand-finished frame will be available with your choice of two colours.

The bike can be based on a current MOSS BIKE model or something completely new we design together.

Using exclusively Reynolds tubing you will have something totally unique.

When you order your frame you will also receive…..

  • exclusive offers on MOSS BIKES clothing  – receive a MOSS race jersey and road bib shorts for only £95
  • exclusive discount codes including 10% of everything in the MOSS BIKES Shop
  • exclusive offers from great British brands such as Hope, Middleburn, Brooks and USE.
  • a monthly newsletter featuring new products and links to other ambassadors race reports and adventures
  • free technical advice on bike setup, maintenance and tuning via email, phone and txt.
  • have opportunities to race/ride together and meet other MOSS BIKES followers

The above offer lasts for 12 months following the purchase of your frame.

Your frame is guaranteed for life.



Drop us a line at or phone 07885 458627. We are waiting to hear from you. We can discuss your dream bike and give you an outline of the final cost based on your specification.

You will need to purchase an AMBASSADOR PASS from the MOSS BIKES SHOP. Only three will be available. The ambassador pass is your frame deposit.

You must pay the full balance of the frame up front once the final price is agreed before design and production starts. The 50% off offer only applies to your frame. If you want us to build your complete bike we will advise you and offer the best deals we can on the parts you need including forks, wheels, groupset and finishing kit.



We are a small company and it will take a little while to build your frame but not to worry it will take priority on a first come first served basis. The aim is complete the three Ambassador bikes by June 2018.

The 2018 AMBASSADOR PASS option will disappear from our shop at midnight Wednesday 4th October 2017 – so be quick.
The offer may end before Wednesday 4th October 2017 as and when three Ambassador passes have been purchased. If you need your frame for a specific event let us know.
Of course we will want you to light up your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with stories of heroic endeavours (on your own or not!) of endurance, speed and adventure. Good Luck!


Moss Bikes.

September 2017

P.S We may have some Team Moss Bikes places available for fixed criterium and track racing for 2018. Please get in touch at if you’re interested we would like to here from you.

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The Rolling Stone

Perfectly fit for purpose on British roads the Rolling Stone will brighten up your commute or set you up for the biggest of life’s adventures. Without doubt this is one of the most capable bikes carrying the award winning MOSS name. Individually selected Reynolds 853 tubes meticulously filleted and shaped by hand are joined combining angles to give the frame the ‘sweetspot’ of dynamic but stable riding over a range of conditions and surfaces.


As ever the best of British parts are used where possible and in this case I have really gone to town with the increasing range of Hope components including wheels, headset and the Barnoldswick manufactured carbon seat post.


Campagnolo provides the gear system and the Potenza group seamlessly integrates function and aesthetics. I am also pleased to offer this bike with a Middleburn 11s chainset, tough enough to hit the alternative route home.


Stopping power and the way you control it is a critical factor on any bike. With the Rolling Stone the tried and testing TRP Spyre brakes are fitted to the exquisite paragon dropouts at the rear featuring direct mount for the disc calipers. This gives the frame the cleanest of looks in the brake department and functions effortlessly. Excellent brake modulation is matched with the superb 30c Challenge Strada Bianca tyres. claim these tyres are “A brilliant all-rounder that’s fast enough for nearly any road use, but with hugely improved comfort”


Every decision on this bike has been a long one to cater for the huge possibilities it presents. Everything from the 44id headtube to the choice of QR dropouts over through axle has been deliberated over to maximise the experience of function, maintenance and durability for a ride 4 miles or a trans-global adventure of 4000 miles. For every road and highway and byway the Rolling Stone is the one.

The Rolling Stone is the first in the RS series of Moss Bikes designed for big adventures. Be the first to own this unique two wheeled companion.


ForkMason Aperture internal routed Carbon
HeadsetHope 44id internal
ShiftersCampagnolo Potenza
Rear DerailleurCampagnolo Potenza
Front DerailleurCampagnolo Potenza
ChainsetMiddleburn 11s Hardcoat 50/34 teeth
Bottom BracketCampagnolo Potenza
ChainKMC x11
CassetteCampagnolo Potenza 11-32T
RimsHope 25
HubsHope Pro4
SpokesHope straight pull
TyresChallenge Bianca Strada 30c
BrakesTRP Spyre 140 rotors
LeversCampagnolo Potenza
GripsBrooks Rubber Natural
StemUSE colour matched to frame
SaddleBrooks Cambium C15 Natural
SeatpostHope Carbon (Made in the UK)
Seatpost clampHope 28.6
Weight (Kg) TBC


Price and Shipping 

The MOSS RS is available for immediate global delivery. Please enquiry for additional shipping costs to your chosen country.

*NEW PRICE* Price £2450 plus delivery

Collection available upon request.

For further enquires please contact

Telephone 077885 458627


Moss Bikes

September 2017