Serk Titanium Bikes
Serk was founded in Beijing by aussies Shannon Bufton and Zhao Liman.
Since 2014 they have been exploring the frontiers of Asia. From roads high in the Himalayas to the remote tracks of Kyrgyzstan they’ve ridden 1000’s of kilometres in search of new experiences and high altitude induced nirvana. Frontier outlook is their DNA and drives their design philosophy. Serk bikes incorporate the progressive trends in cycling while maintaining a reliability and sensibleness that is essential for the frontiers. They are proudly a small brand based in China. Being here not only affords them access to an amazing array of terrains in their extended backyard but also allows them to develop strong relationships with world class manufacturing partners to produce some kick arse bikes. The team behind the brand are recognised as one of the pioneers in the fledgling cycling scene in China. Their pioneering cycling expeditions have featured in Cyclingtips and the successful Everesting at Mount Everest attempt made global news in 2018
Bikes for life
Before we started our own bike brand we ran a bike shop for almost a decade. You learn a lot on the shop floor servicing and repairing bikes. Nothing irks us more than the tendency for me brands in the industry to develop proprietary parts with unique sizing and new gimmicks. After a few years it can be hard to source replacements and after a decade or so you can completely forget it. Sometimes something as simple as a worn out headset bearing with a non standard size or an odd shaped aero seatpost can render an older bike completely obsolete. What a waste in so many ways. Our bikes are designed for life. We chose titanium as a material for its longevity and we carefully consider the specs on our bikes with the same philosophy. Everything on our bike is standard size and commonly available. In a decade if you need a new headset, seatpost or bottom bracket for your Serk bike it will be easy to source. Even our forks have a number of different aftermarket options available with the same critical dimensions making them easy to come by wherever you are exploring.
This approach to bike design is not only smart but its also responsible. We've designed a timeless bike that will last and give back for decades to come. That's how it should be.
Fast and Comfortable
Our A10 and A30 bikes were designed with both speed and comfort in mind. The natural vibration dampening characteristics of titanium provide noticeable improvement in comfort over carbon frames. More comfort equals less fatigue and for us this reduced fatigue more than compensates for the weight gains inherent in a titanium frame. We also wanted to provide you with the best opportunity to ride fast by allowing for a more aggressive position than is typical of titanium bikes which which often have optimised geometry design for endurance riding. Our stack heights across the road range are reasonably low allowing you to still remain low on the bike to reduce your frontal area and help maximise speed.
Real World Testing
We put our bikes through rigorous testing out in the real world on the frontiers. There are no testing jigs, wind tunnels or computer simulations out there. Where the real pioneering adventure lies you need your rig to be 100% reliable and smartly designed so you can spend maximum time adventuring and minimum time fussing about with your bike. We’ve exhausted ourselves with a mini pump trying to seat a tubeless tyres on a tight rim at 4500 m in the Himalaya and we’ve scoured outpost vehicle repair shops for a broken seat binder bolt or a left behind quick release skewer nut at home. All of these experiences inform our bike design and component choices and inspire you with confidence that our bikes are ready for real adventure.