Over the weekend I was lucky enough to take the Brother Cycles prototype Mehtah out around the Purbeck region. For those that don’t know Brother Cycles based in Kent, UK, over the next year we’re sure you will. After a very successful funding campaign which has allowed them to move forward with plans to rival the likes of Surly, All-City and other steel cycling brands more commonly known with adventure cycling and bike packing.
The Mehtah is that first major step since updates to previous bikes earlier this year. With a Reynolds 725 main triangle, flat mount and thru axle frame it is on par with anything else that has been produced by other larger brands. Clearance for 650b x 56 or 700c x 45 tyre it gives you enough room to pack a punch out on the hardest of gravel rides and it really did while testing. As with a lot of gravel/adventure bikes they have also made allowances for a dropper post should you wish to go down that route.
“We’ve spent the last year developing and rigorously testing the Mehteh. Our aim was to evolve our classic steel all-road frame the Kepler; creating a Kepler “on steroids” that could take on the toughest gravel tracks yet still be light, responsive and lots of fun to ride”.
“The result was the Mehteh, a true gravel bike that perfectly straddles the divide between a mountain and all-road bike. The personality of the Mehteh is reflected in its name – a Himalayan word for the mountain dwelling Yeti which translates as “Man Beast”!
From the outset you can see that Brother Cycles have listened to feedback from previous bikes and have worked hard to build a frameset that is easy to ride and gives you confidence out on the trails. The geometry is snappy enough to push the Mehtah with ease and paired with the wider 650b tyre the grip cuts through
While this is a pre-production model, speaking to Will and James this is exactly how the frameset will be available once they are in stock. I can say that I wouldn’t be making any changes as for an out of the box bike it rides extremely well and handled anything that the Purbeck region could throw at it.
“The order has been places and we are looking forward to the bikes turning up in August. Once we have dealt with all the pre-sales we will be adding it to the website ready for the public to buy”.
The Mehteh is due for release in August 2019 and if you are interested in one get in contact with Brother Cycles.