Our flagship model, the bike that started it all, ridden to two victories of the Trans Continental Race. The Strael is our four seasons road bike. A bike designed with as little compromise as possible; the tube set and handling of a steel race bike with the function, utility and practicality of an audax bike. If riding on tarmac is your thing, then this could be the only bike you need. Fast and efficient with incredible comfort. It has confidence inspiring handling when descending and cornering at speed, with the tube forming and geometry working in harmony. We felt it would be difficult to improve on the Strael 2.0, so it has taken two years of development to further push the design forward; requiring new factories, new tooling, new tubing and new process. It’s a fantastic product that showcases what is possible with the material, while offering unrivaled functionality and detailing.
Here is what is new on the Strael 3.0:
Clearance for 36mm (width as measured) slick tyres.
Reynolds 853 downtube with revised butting profile.
Reynolds 725 chainstays with custom forming and shaping that is unlike anything you’ve seen on a steel frame.
Size specific top tube and seat stays for sizes 61R and 61T. Designed for bigger, stronger riders.
Bentley x Fairlight Mk.2 dropouts.
Anraed 3.0 fork with internal dynamo routing and improved tyre clearance.
3rd bottle mount for endurance riding and full frame bags.
Full dynamo integration for running rear lights.
Solar pattern graphics.
Colour matched fork as standard.
STRAEL 3.0 AWARDS:
READ THE REVIEWS:
Cycling News – 5 STARS – “the Fairlight Strael 3.0 is a true forever bike worthy of every accolade…If i was in the market for a new bike this is what I’d be buying” CLICK HERE TO READ
Bike Radar – 5 STARS – “the Fairlight Strael 3.0 would be my pick of the steel disc brake road bikes on the market today..I simply cannot imagine wanting more from a steel road bike” CLICK HERE TO READ
Road.cc – 5 STARS – “I didn’t think the Strael 2.0 could be improved on, but Dom and the team at Fairlight have achieved it! The Strael 3.0 is a beautiful bike to ride, just simply stunning.” CLICK HERE TO READ
Cycling Weekly – 5 STARS – “With much reflection it’s still hard to imagine where it could be improved; as a modern steel road bike it delivers all I could need or want. It’s lively enough, insanely comfy and ready to adapt to varying roles across different seasons. Certainly a bike for the long haul. Quite possibly one for the ages too.” CLICK HERE TO READ
Cyclist Magazine – 5 STARS – “The third generation of British manufacturer Fairlight’s Strael steel road bike, is all-season, all-distance and all conquering!”” CLICK HERE TO READ
Cycling News Awards – Road Bike Group Test – EDITORS CHOICE – “The closest we could get to choosing an overall winner was when we all agreed that if we all had to buy one of the bikes from not only these tests, which comprised nearly two dozen bikes but all the bikes we’ve each tested over the past year, we’d all willingly buy the Fairlight Strael 3.0.” CLICK HERE TO READ
Road.cc – OVERALL BIKE OF THE YEAR 2021/22 – “Our overall ‘Bike of the Year 2021/22’ award was a tough decision because we’ve reviewed so many excellent bikes across all categories. We debated it at length among our team of reviewers before concluding that the Fairlight Strael 3.0 should come out on top.” CLICK HERE TO READ
Bike Radar Podcast – DREAM BIKE – Bike Radar ‘Senior Technical Editor’ Ashley Quinlan picks his personal Strael 3.0 as one of his three money-no-object dream bikes – “It’s turned out to be an absolutely fantastic all-rounder and better than I could ever have imagined it being. It’s so versatile and it’s quick, it’s fast!” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Just Ride Bikes – “The BEST steel road bike I’ve ever ridden!” :
Front triangle measurements and safe strap zones for frame bags can be found here
FRAMESET SPEC, TECH & COMPATIBILITY:
Tubes made in Birmingham, England. Frames hand-built in Taiwan.
Full Reynolds frame including a custom butted and formed Reynolds 853 front triangle and Reynolds 725 rear triangle.
Custom 0.7/0.4/0.7 Reynolds 853 top tube. 20 x 30mm oval. 25 x 32mm oval on sizes 61R & 61T.
Custom 0.75/0.45/0.75 Reynolds 853 down tube. 30 x 40mm bi-oval.
Reynolds 725 22.2mm custom formed chainstays @ 0.8/0.6mm butting.
Reynolds 725 14mm non-taper seat stays @ 0.6mm wall thickness. 16 X 0.7mm on sizes 61R & 61T.
Fairlight Anraed 3 100x12mm full carbon Fork with 1.1/2″-1.1/8″ tapered steerer. Internal dynamo routing. More info here
Bentley x Fairlight Mk.2 142x12mm flat-mount dropouts.
Front and rear Fairlight axles.
Fairlight 3D printed cable guide.
Internal routing for rear dynamo lamps. Drive and non-drive mounting options. See design notes.
Front and rear mudguard mounts.
Rear rack mounts
3 sets of bottle bosses.
Sizes 58R, 58T, 61R, 61T have a 3rd bottle boss on the seat tube for mounting the bottle cage higher.
Tyre clearance (based on actual width) – 700 x 36.
Tyre clearance with mudguards – 700 x 28 (with 35mm guards), 700 x 32 (with 45mm guards – modified).
Note: The Strael is only designed for slick tyres, use of narrow treaded tyres such as Vittoria Terreno Dry or Panaracer Gravel King SK could void your warranty. If you need to ride a treaded tyre the Secan is the frame to choose. Tyre heights can vary depending on tread pattern and brand. Rim widths can also have a significant effect on tyre height. As well as this front derailleurs can vary in size. So the above measurements are a guide only. They are based on CAD drawing information and actual physical tests with a range of tyres.
68mm threaded BB shell.
Compatible with all double road chainsets. 46T max single.
28.6mm band on front derailleur.
29.8mm or 30.0mm seat clamp.
Maximum 160mm disc rotors front and rear.
SHIS Headset specificaiton – ZS44/28.6 | EC44/40.
Frame is phosphate dipped and ED coated for anti-corrosion protection.
Iridescent Plum – Ltd Edition (+£100), Black and Copper, Monochrome
No Headset or seatclamp, FSA Orbit ITA headset & Black alloy seatclamp, Hope headset & seatclamp – Black, Hope headset & seatclamp – Silver, Hope headset & seatclamp – Orange, Hope headset & seatclamp – Purple, Hope headset & seatclamp – Red, Hope headset & seatclamp – Blue, Chris King – Black, Chris King – Black & Gold, Chris King – Silver, Chris King – Matte Mango, Chris King – Midnight, Chris King – 3D Violet
Frameset Build options
1X Mechanical Shifting (includes Di2 hole bungs and a 1x cable guide.), 2X Mechanical Shifting (includes Di2 hole bungs and a 2x cable guide.), 2X Di2 12 Speed Electronic Shifting (includes 2 grommets, 2 bungs, 1 bolt and a wire clip. No cable guides.), 2X Di2 11 Speed Electronic Shifting (includes 3 grommets and a wire clip. No cable guides.), 1X / 2X SRAM AXS Electronic Shifting (includes Di2 hole bungs. No cable guides.)
NO LIGHTS, SON Edelux 2 Front and SON Rear Light with Fairlight Mount – fitted Non-Drive Side – EU, US, Rest of the World, SON Edelux 2 Front and SON Rear Light with Fairlight Mount – fitted Drive Side – UK, AUS, NZ, JPN
Dynamo USB charger
NO DYNAMO USB CHARGER, Sinewave Cycles Revolution with male co-axial connector installed (+£120 inc VAT. +£100 exc VAT)
NO BOTTLE CAGES, King Cage Iris x 1, King Cage Iris x 2, King Cage Iris x 3
Mini Thing Cage
NO CAGE, King Cage Mini Thing Cage Ti x 1
Spare Rear Derailleur Hanger
NO SPARE HANGER, 1 x Spare Rear Derailleur Hanger (£30 incl. VAT, £25 excl. VAT)