Landrace is the brainchild of Phil Cavell and Julian Wall, two bike-fit pioneers who founded bike-fit studio Cyclefit back in the mid-1990s. In their 50-plus cumulative years of experience, the pair have performed fits for everyday amateurs through to Fabian Cancellera, Tom Pidcock and the EF Education- EasyPost team, and it’s this knowledge that has led them to develop the all-road Tupelo.
As you might imagine, correct fit is at the heart of the Tupelo’s mission, so every customer is offered an extensive bike-fit at Cyclefit’s London studio, along with options for pretty much any component imaginable to dial in said fit. So while frame sizes are stock, the Tupelo has a real sense of the custom about it.
Strength and weight
The Tupelo is built around a 3/2.5 titanium tubeset that combines double-butted and plain gauge
tubes, the idea being that while doublebutted tubes are lighter, plain-gauge tubes add strength in certain areas such as the chainstays.
‘Pushing titanium to the very brink of what is possible in terms of weight has its risks,’
‘We wanted a frame that would perform everywhere, for a long time.’
Landrace lets fit and personal preference govern component choices, so while this test bike has the semi-wireless bells and whistles, a Shimano 105 mechanical Tupelo can be had for £4,850 – which is very reasonable in the titanium market.
As per most metal bikes, cabling isn’t fully hidden, but that does make for easy front-end adjustability and maintenance.
Tyre clearance fits the ‘all-road’ billing, with the frameset accepting up to 38mm tyres, and practical
touches include mudguard mounts and an extra set of bottle bosses under the down tube.
Custom build also means custom Landrace wheels, which are handbuilt at Cyclefit and are offered with a variety of hub and carbon rim options. These wheels are designed for road – 35mm deep rims, 21mm internal width and laced to Hope Pro 5 hubs – but gravel versions are also available (38mm deep and 25mm wide).
Geometry is a predefined affair, if not without a few custom-esque quirks. Cyclefit advocates low bottom brackets, which allow riders to sit ‘deeper’ into the bike for greater confidence when descending and cornering.
Thus, while classic road bikes might have a 68mm BB drop, and endurance road bikes around 73mm, the Tupelo’s is 80mm – more akin to a gravel bike. This lowers the rider’s centre of gravity, which increases stability. Complementing this is a 63mm trail, which means the Tupelo sits at the well-mannered end of the handling spectrum on road or towards the sharper end off-road. Chainstays are 425mm, which is fairly long in one sense yet quite short given full-length mudguards can be fitted (this setup sees max tyre size drop to 32mm).
Stack is 605mm and reach 380mm (for reference this size large has a 56cm top tube), which produces a more upright position than some racier riders might like, albeit Cyclefit will argue sizing is purpose-dictated and based on fit data from thousands of clients.