Hampshire based Dassi, is laying claim to be the first bike manufacturer, to have a carbon bike fully designed engineered and assembled in the UK, using carbon fibre techniques taken from F1

Although there are some exceptions, most carbon bikes are manufactured entirely or partly in Asia. Breaking that trend, Hampshire based Dassi is claiming to be producing the the first fully British made carbon road bike.

The indvidual carbon pieces are cut out with a laser

The indvidual carbon pieces are cut out with a laser

Dassi is led by Stuart Abbot, who is a former Rolls Royce Aerospace engineer with close links to Formula One. Abbot explains: “Here at Dassi we have aimed to innovate not just the production of the bike but the entire way a bike is brought to the end customer. The current industry model is broken with manufacturers too often left focussed on an accountancy driven production and distribution process. They start with a price point, margin and cost limit and build with that.”

The individual pieces are then assembled and placed in a special carbon mould

The individual pieces are then assembled and placed in a special carbon mould

Dassi claims to have established an engineering advantage by using engineering techniques developed in Formula One. According to Dassi this allows for “very little post production processing, so less room for human variance as the sandpaper, dremel and grinders come out. Formula One requires these exacting standards every time – this is what we now utilise at Dassi too.”

A nice close up of Dassi's Carbon fibre

A nice close up of Dassi’s Carbon fibre

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The company states that it is using carbon fibre moulds, which is in contrast to the alloy moulds used by most manufacturers. Dassi explains that: “Carbon and alloys expand at different rates. Relative to the precision of the Formula One carbon on carbon method Dassi employ, this makes for a relatively messy moulding process and again the post production work is left to human endeavour.”

The Dassi road bike

The Dassi road bike

Pitched firmly at the high end market, Dassi is also offering paint customisation, similar to that done by American brand Parlee. Dassi states that the paint options are “limited only by the customer’s own imagination.”

The bare carbon finish is impressive

The bare carbon finish is impressive

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With the higher overhead costs associated with producing in the UK and sophisticated manufacturing techniques, a new Dassi bike will not be cheap, costing around £5750 – £11,000 depending on your choice of build.

Dassi offers exotic compoment builds

Dassi offers exotic compoment builds

If you are lucky enough to be in the market for a superbike, but fancy riding something different to all your friends on Pinarello Dogmas, then the Dassi, could be a good alternative.

Pippa Middleton seems to think so, as among a collection pro athletes, she is a brand ambassador. For more information, head over to Dassi.

  • barry davies

    and they are paying Miss Middleton £??????? as she is a great cyclist with loads of technical feed back for the road tests of the bikes !!!

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Correct

  • Gustar Mono

    yup, Nigel Mansell had one

  • RobTM

    I did go on a ride like that once. I was on a winter bike with discs, they were pretty fast on the flat. Different story on the hills, afterwards we had a beer and one of the many Dogma’s actually kind of told me off for coming out on a “heavy bike” .. I was just thinking how long I waited after summit of every climb! lolol

  • cahern1968

    If I remember correctly there was a carbon mountain bike frame builder in the UK called “Formula One” back in the 90’s.

  • Stu B

    No, afraid not. Bf1 Systems’ (or rather their bike subsidiary, Factor Bikes) One-77 bike was designed, manufactured and built in the UK using F1 technology and happened 3yrs ago. Best revise your claims Dassi

  • Steve S

    >>>but fancy riding something different to all your friends on Pinarello Dogmas,

    Lol, yeah, that’s what they all ride… in their dreams 🙂

    Nice article though, would love one of these.