carbon short-drop rim-brake frames taking 28mm tyres


I’ve reached the point where I can no longer tolerate riding tyres narrower than 28mm on Britain’s decaying, appallingly maintained and ubiquitously coarse-chipsealed road network.

All my bikes except one are now fitted with tyres at least 28mm wide, so to get the final bike back into use I am looking for a new carbon fibre road frame that takes short-drop rim brakes but can accommodate 28mm tyres. Ideally this capability will be evidenced by real-world confirmation of such 28mm clearance.

As I’ll be transferring components from an existing 25mm-max bike (which irritatingly has brake shoes at the top of their slots and very narrow seatstay/chainstay gaps), the new frame needs to meet the following criteria. Any suggestions?

Essential criteria:
  • Available as frameset only
  • Standard-mount rim brakes (i.e. not direct-mount)
  • Standard short-drop brakes but able to accommodate 28mm tyres (mudguard clearance not required)
  • Standard 100mmF/130mmR q/r dropouts
  • Only interested in new unused frames
Desirable criteria:
  • BSA-threaded bottom bracket (preferred, but will reluctantly consider press-fit if can take Token/Hambini or similar type adapters)
  • Replacement gear hangers also available to buy
  • Below £1,000


Quite a lot of new rim brake bikes will take 28mm tyres,like these as an example:whistle:(both available as frame sets with custom paint!;

Some older ones can fit them too ;just put 28mm Vittoria Corsa Controls on the better half's ally Liv Avail which has previous gen Ultegra calipers with no issues.


Thanks for that.

Shame about Ridley's predilection for press-fit, though.


It's worth looking at Direct-Mount brakes, I've recently acquired a bike fitted with them, they are frankly superb. In fact in the dry I prefer them to my Disc braked road bikes.
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