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Sabbath Mondays Child: First look

23 Jan 2017
Verdict:

Titanium specialists Sabbath give the Monday's Child frame a redesign

Self-described touring bike specialist Spa Cycles bought up UK brand Sabbath Bicycles in January of last year to offer its burgeoning titanium portfolio ‘that top-end racing edge’, in the words of Spa Cycle’s Sam Husby. ‘The Mondays Child has long been the top shelf bike from Sabbath, and now it’s undergone a redesign.’

Gone is the swoopy down tube, one of the recognisable features of the previous Mondays Child, but the change has helped the frame shed nearly 50g from the original, making an XL 1.83kg. The frame is now 3/2.5 titanium throughout, losing the 6/4 head tube and dropouts. It now has a 44mm tapered head tube (easier to manufacture from softer 3/2.5), which contributes to a £300 reduction of the overall price.

Stiffness, however, is claimed to be improved by 23% at the front and 17% at the rear, with the pedalling platform now built around a PF30 bottom bracket, which together with the bigger diameter head tube provides a larger contact area for joining wider, and therefore stiffer, tubes. 

Internal cable routing is now standard, and frames can be set up to be Di2-specific upon application, but Husby says there are no current plans to make a disc brake version. Although for those concerned about the future, the Mondays Child is backed up by a lifetime warranty.

Sabbath Mondays Child frameset, £1,499, spacycles.co.uk

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