One of the many aspects of our lives which has been changed by the Covid virus is the way in which we move. The bicycle has once again become the prefered way of getting around town in a safe, healthy and fun way.

At Nuabikes we’ve noticed a definite increase in the demand for urban bicycles, so we thought we’d publish this post as a little overview of our urban bikes. And what better way to do that than to show you some of our most recent commuter builds.


If you live in a flat city and you’re pretty certain you’re not going to venture beyond its bounds on your bike, then a single speed is always the best option. Your bike will be lighter, cheaper, and require less maintenance. And not having to think about gear changes leaves your mind free to experience the ride.

Our single speed range is based on the Nua Minima, a bike which combines top-of-the-line quality with elegant simplicity. Here’s an example of a build we did for Andrew, in Washington.

But, as you know, we love to break the established mould (aka “special project”). Take for example this “Bullhorn” single speed we built for Julian in London.

Or this “Urban Racer” we made for Thomas in Austria. With those extra-wide tyres it looks both fun and ready for anything, don’t you think?


Another model which has been very successful lately is the Nua Kensho. With its Pinion gearbox, it’s a capable commuter in any city, but it’s also comfortable on weekend rides and even on gravel.
For example this sporty build for Gilbert in Zürich. In this case a 6-speed Pinion was more than sufficient (and kept the weight down).

Sometimes though, we give the model a classier and more practical touch, as with this build for Christian in Boston, which sports wheels laced in-house using a pair of Pinion hubs and top quality DT rims, a Berthoud saddle, Brooks Ergon leather grips, and a practical set of mudguards. In this case, we installed a 12-speed Pinion, making this build ready for anything you can throw at it, although we still consider it an urban bike.


Last but not least, we offer the option of constructing your bike with a fantastic and totally bomb-proof Rohloff 14-speed rear hub. This gearbox may be designed for round-the-world bike trekking, but it’s not at all out of place on an urban bike, especially if the build is done with style, something we think we’ve achieved in this minimal and classy bike made for Markus in Basel.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this selection, and that these examples will serve as inspiration for your own unique and personal Nua build.

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Visit to look at more of our bikes and to have a play with our bicycle builder and configure your perfect machine.

We hope you’re keeping safe and healthy in these interesting times.

The Nua Team


I was lucky enough to test the Nua Bikes La bestia while crossing the breath-taking landscapes of Iceland’s highlands last summer.

This epic journey was part of the development process of this world-tour ready bike. Here are my thoughts about “La bestia”, some words about my journey and my photographical report of the adventure.

The playground

My bike and I have experienced the harshest Icelandic meteorological conditions: windstorms, pouring rain, snow and below 0°C temperatures during one month and a half.

This journey was both a test of the Nua La Bestia and a personal inner quest coupled with a photographic report. Like every bike journey, this led me to live a lot of amazing moments and meet truly inspiring people that I can not thank enough for sharing the way they see life. On the human side, this journey is an ode to freedom and spontaneity.

My pace was quite irregular, with days with up to 120Km of off-road riding and days of made of just hike and photography. Sometimes, the awful bad weather forced me to ride only 30km of road before seeking shelter. Finally the whole journey in the wild was about 1500Km.

Abrasive volcanic sands, rocks cutting like razor edges and numerous river crossings have also challenged me, my bike and my kit. The wind was always pretty strong, blowing the abrasive sand on each and every components of the bike.

Even if the first ten days where pretty sunny with average 15°C temperature, I also experienced mostly around 5 to 0°C temperatures and lots of rain – plus eventually some snow.

Unlike my undefeated “La Bestia”, the ukulele I decided to bring with me as great way of making new friends – and part of my kit – did not made it to the end of this adventure.

The bike

Primarily to this memorable expedition, Roberto, Marcos and I have developed and assembled  this bespoke La Bestia as the ultimate bikepacking machine with especially this trip in mind.

The usual Pinion C1.12 gearbox and Gates carbon belt drive duo was no question as we were aiming for the most durable and maintenance-free bike. For drop bar compatibility, we chose to use the Cinq innovations road Shift:R for Pinion.

As both security and comfort requirements, we decided that the bike might be able to produce it’s own electricity to feed a powerful set of lights and a USB plug enabling me to charge my GPS and my phone on the go. This was achieved thanks to a Shutter precision dynamo hub and a Cinq innovations The Plug III USB device.

For the cargo, I decided to use a Topeak Super tourist DX rear rack on which we mounted my Supernova rear light and my Ortlieb gravel edition front panniers. The rest of the kit was made of two Salsa dry bags mounted on two anything cages on the fork and an Apidura frame pack.

More info about this particularly capable bike can be found on a former blog post available here.

The journey

I did not really planned the route, just knew that I wanted to cross Iceland South to North “off the beaten path” and meet a mountain-passionate friend in a town of the far north Iceland called Siglufjörður. Eventually I also knew I would love to ride to the Askja crater lake which is located just north of the Vatnajökull glacier and possibly reach Rifstangi cape, the northernmost point of the island.

I started my journey in Reykjavik – the capital city – with the objective of reaching the F35 road – one of the most common but still demanding routes to cross the island. Prevailing winds are normally blowing from North to South, so most people decide to ride this way, but I decided to go South to North and risk myself to struggle a bit with headwinds – fortunately, it did not happened.

The paved road 35 becomes the mountain road F35 near the touristy yet beautiful Gullfoss waterfall – located in the Golden circle region –  that I decided to reach using as much unpaved roads as possible. This famous route would cross the Kjölur sand desert with both the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glacier on its sides.

This idea led me to reach the Þingvellir lake by the Nesjavellir valley – where the last stage of the icelandic Enduro MTB championship took place at the end of my trip.

After a nice sunset next to Þingvellir, I decided to head to Geysir by riding north and avoid a paved road section. This would lead me to reach the south of the Langjökull glacier and some glacial lakes then finally drop to Geysir and Gulfoss through a beautiful forest – which is quite rare in Iceland -in order to buy some food.

I properly started to ride in the wilderness of Iceland in the mountains north of the lake. I spent two days in the mountains to avoid those 15 km of paved road. It was a brilliant decision regarding the  scenery and the chosen solitude I experienced!

I remember a 120km stage of unnamed road in the immensity of Iceland that led me to sleep in the entrance of a closed mountain hut. This saved  both unpacking/packing time and money. I had not seen any other human being – or car – for two days.

Pure joy and feeling of freedom started to become my travel companions as fresh icelandic air was circulating in my lungs!

This first section of mountain roads – called “F-roads” in Iceland –  is also when I released the potential of my plus wheeled drop bar Nua “La Bestia”. Low pressure allowed me to maintain a solid 20-25 km/h average speed on really rough terrain with about 30kg of load on the bike and a photography backpack. Impressive, as this is the same average speed I had on paved roads!

When riding South to North, the F35  starts with a long climb leading you to a splendid plateau where you can start  feeling the solitude. The feelings of happiness and freedom  became even stronger here considering the epic landscapes that Iceland was offering to me. The road finally becomes more wobbly and leads you to Abrudir mountain hut and its magnificent views on both the Langjökull glacier and the Kerlingjarfjöll mountain range.

After a contemplating night in Abrudir, a one day detour led me to the great geothermal and volcanic area of Kerlingjarfjöll – that offered me a relaxing moment in a warm river. The ascension – particularly with a heavy cargo – is quite hard and a good test for the gearing ratio of the bike.  Fortunately, Roberto and Marcos decided to opt for the smallest admissible ratio for  the Pinion gearbox which made my ascension easy.

Last stop on the F35, Hveravellir is another mountain hut and geothermal spot that I reached struggling with one of the strongest headwind of my tip. It was my last stop before reaching the 1 road and the “capital of the North”of Iceland called Akureyri. This particular riding day was happily shared with two German riders – Stefan and Sami.

They shared a 120km ride with 1500m of elevation gain, some food, some beers, the visit of a car wreck in the middle of nowhere,  and my misfortune when a car drove over my tent while packing for a small bus lift to avoid an unpleasant and dangerous section of the busy main road just before Akureyri.

Reaching Siglufjörður from Akureyri – and coming back to head to Rifstangi was a pleasant ride along the sea – and inside tunnels, which I am not sure I was allowed to cycle –  that showed me how capable the bike was on the road. Without headwind a 35km/h average speed could be reached easily! Hot tubs along the way in Hauganes and Hjalteyri were more than welcome.

After of few days resting and discovering Siglufjörður’s locals hospitality as well as exploring the mountains around the Fjord, I pedaled back to Akureyri and took a bus to Husavik. I then headed to Rifstangi cape – and its abandoned house –  through the Asbyrgi canyon and the small town of Kopasker.

The atmosphere of the north-east part of Iceland  was heavier and tougher . I could tell this region was probably wilder and that more people were leaving the town and farms I was crossing along my way. Most of the roads were gravel roads too – which was were the La Bestia was at its finest.

Finally, the northernmost point of the Iceland was a small cape, a abandoned house and thousands of trees brought there from Russia by a strong sea current.  This was clearly not what I expected and was not the most impressive scenery Iceland has to offer. The strange atmosphere in this ruin that you could only reach by riding in the fields for around 8 km starting from a small gravel road made this moment unrealistic and kind of out of time. This strong feeling – the one of discovering a very special place – is one of the great things that bikepacking has to offer!

My last and most breathtaking destination was the Askja crater lake and its twin – the small, warm and deep blue Viti lake. The twin lakes lie in the center of Iceland highlands just north from the Vatnajökull glacier. To reach them, I had to quit the east and get some supplies in the North. I came back to Asbyrgi, then reached Myvatn through the Dettifoss waterfall riding on an impressive mountain path. The fog made this moment quite unreal.

I started my ride from the Myvatn lake and headed south by the F88 – a demanding, wobbly and one of a kind fire road quite exposed to the wind. The fantastic Herðubreið mountain – “the queen of the mountains” – was my target through the first 60km of lava desert.

Quite deep rivers had to be crossed on the way, and I had to be quick as the weather was changing. Fortunately, two German tourists helped me to cross some rivers on the back of their pick up truck – I saved some precious time this way!

Dreki hut – literally meaning “dragon” and named after the nearby Dreki canyon- was my last stop . This impressive mountain hut is located next to the twin Askja and Viti lakes. Not far from there, you can reach a canyon where the astronaut who walked on the moon were trained back in the days. The impressive scenery was indeed quite similar to what I would expect from the moon.


This amazing place – where I finally reached the snowy mountains, met great people and discovered that the next days would be made of harsh winter weather – was the one where I realized that I had found what I came in Iceland for.

I had nourished my soul with amazing landscapes, new friendships, great adventures and the feeling that me and my bike were able to do much more.

I decided that this test and journey was complete after 1500 km and headed back to Reykjavik with a great feeling of satisfaction.

“Takk fyrir” Iceland, “Gracias” La Bestia!

What about the bike?

The general feeling resulting from this trip was that I was riding a very capable and sturdy bike – also well equipped – which let me ride confidently. I’ve always felt at ease – both on paved and unpaved roads – and knew I was far from reaching the limits of what the bike was capable of.

Surprisingly, I had not a single problem during my trip (including not a single puncture) apart from loosing a bolt from my Salsa anything cage (which hopefully has redundant mounts) and another one on my Ortlieb gravel pack (which ended up firmly tightened to my rear rack with a spare voilestrap). The bike really behaved perfectly and allowed me to fully enjoy the experience.

Electrical autonomy

When heading to Siglufjörður, I had to ride a quite scary (regarding potential  accident with a car) 30km section in tunnels, and at that exact moment I appreciated the most my Supernova lights set and my Shutter precision dynamo hub: I did not had to worry about cars and trucks drivers not seeing me.

On the other hand, the capacity to charge my GPS on the made me feel safer especially when I was unsure of my direction, far away from the closest mountain hut.

Maintenance free transmission and shifting

Another brilliant feature of La Bestia was the Pinion gearbox and belt combo. I already rode in the Icelandic desert areas with the chain and derailleur equipped fat bikes I formerly built as a personal project. Well, I was constantly cleaning the chain or looking for oil: volcanic dust always made the shifting either noisy or simply less funcional.

This time thanks to the belt and the gearbox, I have not had to worry about anything (except my cable hosing being slightly too short with my new and bigger sleeping bag, not a big deal and easy to adapt to my needs for next trip). I simply have not had to clean the bike once or maintain the transmission or shifting during this Iceland crossing – which is quite amazing!

The shifting of the Cinq five Shift:R remained smooth all along the journey, no matter temperature or humidity conditions.

Grippy and fast rolling Schwalbe G-one tires

Schwalbe G-one tires proved to be great in various off-road conditions (including  downhill singletracks riding in quite rainy weather). They provided a really low rolling resistance on the road sections and good control on dry and wet off-road parts. Even in muddy sections – which I was quite worried about – I had no major problem of grip loss, either climbing up or braking downhill.

Off-road capacities of La Bestia

Another moment that showed the astonishing capacities of La Bestia was when I ended up riding the singletracks of Siglufjörður with “The Spades” a local and exceptionally welcoming group of Enduro mountain bike riders. Despite their advice of not riding the track with “this” bike, it all ended up pretty well, and even pretty fast considering the bike was a rigid drop bar gravel. Once again the plus tires and the high position of the handlebars – providing quite a high stack number – were useful.

Indeed, these bars were not only comfortable by providing a good rest position during long rides -they also provided with a remarkably good control of the bike on fast or technical off-road downhill sections and relatively technical singletracks.

The right bike for the “job”

It might sound slightly exaggerated, but the Nua La Bestia is simply the best travel bike I have ever owned.

This is much of a statement, especially because I am a former bicycle frame builder who designed Gravel bikes and Fat bikes that I also used to travel in Iceland a few years ago.

What makes me say so is the fact that the features of this bike are so well balanced and that I have not had to worry about anything during the whole trip – whatever the weather, whatever the terrain. The following points particularly stand out:

  • the duo of a high-end titanium frame and plus tires offer incomparable comfort (especially on wobbly F-roads)
  • the gearbox and the belt drive are truly problem free (no maintenance nor tension needed during the whole trip).
  • the TRP brakes are powerful with the cargo and provide a  nice feeling  even when braking with just one finger
  • The whole dynamo hub – lights – USB charger set up was bullet proof in the rain and provided me safety and autonomy (and worked perfectly even if I often forgot that I had a dynamo hub while crossing rivers and occasionally put it underwater)
  • the Gravel geometry makes the bike at ease everywhere (fast rolling on paved roads, nearly as fast on gravel roads and pretty agile on singletracks where the big tires make La Bestia way faster on the way down than classic gravel bikes)

We hope this trip report will inspire you to start you own journey into the bikepacking world

While preparing it, feel free to have a look at or stay tuned to the blog, follow us on social media (Instagram or Facebook) or sign up to our newsletter here to be sure to keep up with news about the Nua bikepacking and biketouring dedicated bikes.

For those feeling like riding their own Nua “La Bestia”, our bicycle builder is available  here.

The Nua Team

Words and pics by Antoine Daures / @folksongsandsingletracks



Moritz has been in love with titanium bikes since he bought a 1998 Serotta in 2008, although lately, he’s also been getting around on a fully-equipped steel-framed Rotor Comet with a Rohloff gearbox.




So having experienced the benefits of both a good-quality titanium frame and a Rohloff internal gear hub, Moritz dreamed of combining both these elements in the perfect bicycle, which he described to us as a “lifetime road enduro tank”. After six months of fruitless searching, he found Nua, the perfect partner to help bring his dream to life. After dozens of emails and quite a few months of work, this was the result:



A bicycle for intensive use (Moritz rides a minimum of 5000 km a year); capable of riding on any terrain and under any conditions; useful as a daily commuter, but also up for weekend adventures, cycle tourism, or just doing a sporty lap of a local trail on a Sunday morning.



The heart of this bike is a Gr9 Ti-3Al-2,5V titanium frame, tailor-made to fit Moritz’s own big frame (192cm). In designing the geometry, we were looking for great stability when descending trails at high speeds, although a bike with a front rack is also going to need agile steering to compensate for the extra weight on the front wheel.

A big bike, to be nicely proportioned, needs big wheels, not only aesthetically speaking, but also for ride-feel. So we designed the frame to accommodate some generous 29er, 55mm-wide tires (Compass Antelope Hill Extralight). Their slick profile provides extremely low rolling resistance on the road, but as a tire specifically developed for gravel riding they provide exceptional grip, even on sandy trails. Their generous dimensions make the bike very comfortable thanks to the huge air volume. We chose them as the best compromise for on-road/light off-road use.



For great nighttime visibility, and vision to boot – and without having to worry about charging batteries – the Nua Moritz is equipped with Supernova lights (E3 Pure front light and taillight) fed by a Shutter Precision dynamo hub. Rather than on the racks, they are mounted on the handlebar and the seatpost, so that the racks can be removed independently of the lights.



The brakes and transmission of the bike are controlled by Sram Force Brake levers. We’ve modified the shifters to be compatible with a Gebla Rohbox and a Rohloff speedhub in a drop bar configuration. They also control powerful Sram force hydraulic brake callipers with 180mm rotors. The out-sized rotors were chosen to take into account the size of the rider and the potential amount of extra load carried on the racks.





A Chris King i7 headset, in navy blue, matches perfectly with the Brooks blue bar tape, wrapped around a dirt road bar from Ritchey (WCS VentureMax).




The pedals are these beautiful Hope F20 CNC machined platforms. They provide good grip even when bare so we left their pins off to make the bike more appropriate for commuting. They can easily be installed for off-road rides as needed. The pedals are mounted on a sturdy yet light Race Face Aeffect Cinch MTB crankset, providing an ideal chainline for the gates CDX belt drive/Rolhoff Speedhub system.



A highly ergonomic SQ-Lab 610 Ergolux saddle provides ultimate comfort during long rides.



One of our beautiful titanium bottle cages, always a good choice both because they’re so light, and because thanks to the titanium’s inherent flexibility, they hold a bottle like no other.



Adding considerable value to this bike are the racks, custom-designed and fillet brazed with stainless tube. The idea was to make the bike capable of carrying four panniers (front and rear) with or without the front top platform, which is attached to the front rack by four screws (custom-machined titanium) for quick and easy removal.






The rear rack has eyelet mounts to simplify and improve the attachment of the rear mudguard.




Designing and constructing custom racks like these ones requires an extraordinary amount of time, although we have to admit we enjoy the process.















And of course, we also enjoy testing the bikes we make. We’re very lucky to have these beautiful trails a stone’s throw from our workshop in Arbúcies.




To sum up, we’ve invested a huge amount of time and effort in this bike, in order to realise the dream of a discerning client with a very clear vision of what he wanted. A process which has helped us to raise the bar on our already exacting standards.

Moritz sent us this fun macro photo, and this review:

“The Bike is unbelievably beautiful and the best thing is that it rides even better than it looks.
Never in my life before I had a bike with these ride characteristics.
The Frame fits like a good glove, the absorption of the titanium is reference class and nevertheless it is very stiff at the same time.
The wheels are running very well and interact perfect with the Compass tires.
The Bike is very stiff even on higher speeds ( Downhill about 70 Km/h ).
I was a bit afraid that the Bike is too big for the city and small curves and streets, but in fact it is very easy to use and perfectly manoeuvrable
Even on small off road tracks.
The racks are perfectly crafted and very lightweight but strong.
The gear ratio in interaction with the belt is fantastic.
The Rohloff in combination with the Gebla Box and Sram Force STI is very cool and intuitive.
The Bike is very lightweight (round 13 Kilos with lights, mudguards and racks) and fu……ing fast.
I think together we create a Monster which is absolutely unique.
So again thank you for putting your heart and soul into this Bike”



That’s all for now.

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Safe and happy riding, and a very happy 2020!

The Nua Team
















For a long time now, we’ve been dreaming of assembling an extremely capable “monster gravel” concept bike, the Nua La Bestia. Here is the final masterpiece:



It is an exciting titanium machine designed for the most adventurous cyclists.



A perfect hybrid between a drop-bar gravel, a dirt tourer and a plus-wheeled mountain bike, this “monster gravel” is designed to take riders further than any other bike.

It was also designed to be a great companion for your bikepacking adventures, thanks to the possibility of adding a full lighting and USB charging kit.



The original idea was to transcend a normal gravel bike in order to make it limitless off-road, thanks to bigger tires and the possibility of mounting front suspension on a bike still designed around a gravel geometry.



To do so, the pedalling position is kept highly efficient thanks to a Salsa Cowchipper dirt drop bar. and Wide 27,5×3.0” Schwalbe G-One Allround tires provide extra off-road comfort, grip, and low rolling resistance.

If further suspension is needed, a Lauf TR Boost fork or a regular telescopic one can be mounted instead of the rigid Cinq Adventure fork or the rigid Nua Titanium fork.



As always at Nua, the drivetrain is based on high-technology solutions. For a central centre of gravity, a Pinion C1.12 central gearbox was used on this prototype. This is, in fact, the big deal of the Nua La Bestia, opening the doors to a world in which highly efficient Pinion gearboxes can be used on extremely capable drop bar gravel bikes!



Coupled to a Gates Carbon belt drive, it provides an extremely durable gearing and transmission system. This combination is extremely silent, maintenance-free and particularly suitable for long-distance and adventure rides as a worry-free solution.








Long story short, we first had the idea of this bike a few years ago for Peter – an Australian customer – and engineered the first prototype of La Bestia. The name still remains from this first attempt. For those interested in this bike, you can read more here.


Old vs new shifting system.



As you might have noticed, back in those days we had to adapt the Pinion (flat bar oriented) rotary shifter with a specially in-house-designed part on the drop bar. Like other bicycle manufacturers, we were waiting for a proper drop bar compatible shifting system compatible with Pinion gearboxes so as to be able to achieve our goal a bit more elegantly.

We heard about Cinq Innovations’  intention to produce the Pinion  Shift:R Road system, and we waited impatiently for the first production versions to appear, so we could make a more refined version of our first La Bestia.








The Cinq Innovations Shift:R Road uses a special shifting system assembled on your Pinion C.Line gearbox (shown above) and modified TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brake levers. They actuate both the powerful double piston TRP brake callipers and your Pinion gearbox precisely and rapidly. The left lever will downshift and the right lever will upshift. A great feature of the Shift:R road is the ability to change two gears at a time.









For energy autonomy – should it be to feed your GPS on you favorite gravel loop or during a long bikepacking trip in the wilderness –  this prototype of the Nua La Bestia is equipped with a highly efficient Shutter Precision PD-8X dynamo hub feeding a convenient Cinq Innovations Plug III USB charger and an extremely powerful Supernova E3 Triple2 front light.

All the wirings are internally routed in the fork and the frame. The production version will offer an upgraded option with a SON28 dynamo hub and a Supernova tail light.















Have a look at or stay tuned to the blog, follow us on social media (Instagram or Facebook) or sign up to our newsletter here to be sure to keep up with news about the Nua La Bestia a and be able to order your custom one.

Expect to see some pictures soon of this prototype Bestia being put to the test in the highlands of Iceland by our team member Antoine.

Feel free to play with our new La Bestia bicycle builder here or visit our website to find links to our other customizable bikes.

The Nua Team


James contacted us with some really special requirements that make the story of this bike a bit more curious than most. He was looking for a rugged titanium off-roader equipped with plus tires which corresponded to his vision of the ultimate expedition machine.

He wanted it to be agile, comfortable, long lasting and well equipped… but on top of all that, he wanted to be able to take his dog Socket with him on biking adventures in the Californian countryside. The bike would need to be trailer-compatible (yes, sometimes dogs need to rest too…). Here is the final build:

First of all, we fulfilled James’ comfort and durability requirements by taking a Nua Ti-Roure titanium frame and adding the full range of Nua titanium components we offer. The exceptional fatigue resistance and vibration-filtering properties of titanium, along with its lifetime corrosion resistance, made it the material of choice for this tough but light expedition machine.

James’ bike is equipped with Nua’s signature titanium fork, seatpost, stem, and handlebars. We care about all the little, geeky details, so the frame screws, axles and headset spacers are made out of titanium too. As on nearly all Nua bikes, we internally routed the cables in the frame and fork.







The maintenance-free transmission of this bicycle was achieved by pairing two jewels of American and German technology: a Gates CDX belt drive and a Pinion C1.12 gearbox. The advantage of the Pinion C-line lies in its lightness – compared to the higher-end P-line – thanks to a roughly 30% lighter casing constructed of magnesium rather than aluminium. It offers a well-indexed range of 600% – one third more than the range of a 1x single-chainring setup. This gearbox makes James’ Roure a capable tourer, ready to climb whatever slope, even when heavily loaded with bikepacking equipment.

To securely stop the bicycle and its rider (and dog), we chose Shimano XT four-piston calipers with oversized 180mm rotors, designed for the most aggressive mountain bikers. This may sound like an extreme choice if you only consider the bike, but it was a smart move if you consider a heavily loaded bike-and-trailer combination bombing down a long Californian descent.


The braking power is transmitted to the ground by grippy (and stylish) Schwalbe G-one 27,5”x2,8” tires in their “Allround” version, sporting a multitude of low-profile knobs. DT Swiss XM 481 rims hand-laced with DT Swiss Champion spokes on Pinion and Shutter Precision hubs are the core of these solid and lightweight handmade wheels.




For convenient and battery-free night rides, James’ Roure is equipped with a sturdy Shutter Precision dynamo front hub and a kit of Supernova Pure E3 front and rear lights, mounted on the handlebar and the seatpost. Looking to offer James maximum ease of maintenance, we welded connectors to the electrical cables so that he could quickly and easily disassemble the front wheel or even in the case of a puncture or even the fork to change a headset quickly. All our bikes are assembled with this same high standard of quality and attention to detail.



For the contact points between the rider and the bike, we carefully choose the best components available: Ergon GP2 grips (with integrated “mini horns”), Shimano XT pedals (clip and flat combo) and a vintage-look Gilles Berthoud Galibier leather saddle.


After riding his “Socket bike” for the first time, James described his Nua Roure as “poetry in motion”; a laconic turn of phrase which perfectly fits the Nua philosophy. Test riding it ourselves during our meticulous post-assembly quality control, we fell in love with this bike and decided that we should take the concept one step further and add our version of the Nua Roure to our upcoming off-road range.

We are designing a fully equipped version of the Nua Roure, including mudguards, lights, and custom made racks. The rear lights will be integrated into the rack, sport internally routed wiring, and be powered by a dynamo hub. A supremely comfortable Nua titanium bikepacking handlebar is also on its way and will equip this bike as well as being available as an option for custom builds in 2019.


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The Nua team