Endorfin Bikes is a relatively new German brand specialising in bespoke bikes and frames. They’re hand-made in Germany and carry a 10-year warranty. But perhaps most importantly you get a vast range of finishing options. There are four standard colours – black, grey, blue and yellow. But stump up another £50 and you can choose from over 200 RAL Classic colours (including intriguingly-named ones like 1027 – Curry or 7010 – Tarpaulin Grey). Once you’ve chosen a colour (which we suspect could take several months) then you can choose solid or outline decals in a choice of five different colours and also select from matt or gloss finish. Apparently that all comes to over 2,000 different frame colour/decal/finish combinations, so you should be able to come up with something a bit different.
But enough about colours, what about the bikes underneath? There’s essentially three platforms and a bunch of transmission-specific variants, all targeting the cross country/marathon market. The Speed II is described as a “do-it-all hardtail” while the Speed II SL is a race hardtail optimised for 80-100mm forks and with a longer top tube. Both of these are available in Rohloff Speedhub-specific versions called the Speed-R and Speed-R SL. Then there’s sliding-dropout versios of each, the Singlespeeder and Singlespeeder SL.
On the full suspension side, Endorfin has the VP-4 SL. It’s a 4in travel bike with pivots on the chainstays, double-sealed cartridge bearings and a DT Swiss 190L rear shock. There are a couple of other versions of this one, too – the VP-4-R SL for use with Rohloff hubs and the VP-4 Lady women’s specific model.
Endorfin will sell you just a frame or a complete bike, again with a big range of spec options and upgrade packages. Or they’ll build one up for you with pretty much anything you want.
One of the more interesting component options is the pimped-out Rohloff hub that’s only available with an Endorfin frame or as part of a complete Endorfin bike. Legendary lightweight component manufacturer Tune makes a new custom housing for the Speedhub, which is anodised, laser-etched and then sent to Rohloff to have the guts put in. The result is the “Tune’d for Endorfin” Speedhub, which is certainly an eye-catching bit of kit.
Prices look pretty reasonable – a Speed frame is £549 (complete bikes from £1,399), the Speed SL is £749 frame only (complete bikes from £1,599) with the Singlespeeder versions being £50 more and the Rohloff versions £100 more. VP-4 SL frames are £1,399 frame only (£1,499 for the Rohloff-ready model) with complete bikes from £1,999.
Have a look at www.endorfinbikes.co.uk for the complete range including models, specification, geometry and pricing. With any luck we’ll be getting a test bike in soon…