The Brits continue to deliver the sportive style goods. This time we’re looking at Sabbath’s new September AR-1. If you are a lover of all-road riding, if rain never sent you scuttling for shelter, if you are a believer in titanium frames, super large tire clearances, discs, plus optional custom geometries, you’ll want to read on…
The industry has increasingly been talking about new niches within established genres, and the September AR-1 is just one more reason for all the chatter.
The soul of the AR-1 is 3AL/2.5V straight gauge seamless titanium tubing. It has been worked into five stock sizes, plus it can be crafted into a full custom build.
Sabbath has been working with titanium since their inception in 2006. As a small group of ex Pro and Cat-1 racers, they know exactly what they want out of each model they fabricate. The September AR-1 appears to be a true chameleon.
Up front is a 44mm headtube allowing for both tapered and non-tapered fork styles. Just pick the appropriate headset and you’ll be golden either way you choose.
This is Sabbath’s first foray into disc equipped steeds. With full length brake housing guides, it’s equipped to handle either mechanical or hydraulic brakes. Or, as shown, mechanical hydraulic disc brakes.
Among the most notable of the September’s attributes is its ridiculous tire clearance. Even slapping fenders on this thing still allows for 35mm rubber — most excellent news for anyone plagued by off-season mud (or for those who actually seek out a good mud-fest).
The AR-1 even makes possible the dream of multiple, purpose-built wheelsets. With the advent of discs, one could argue that adjusting a disc caliper is quicker than repositioning two pads and possibly changing pad compounds. That means wheel swaps are easier, accommodating not only different tire types, but also differing rim widths without the need to swap or adjust brake pads. Here we see it sporting Conti Cyclocross Race treads at 35mm — with clearance to spare.
Finally, for those who eschew the use of automobiles or who enjoy weeks of self-sustained touring, it’s equipped with rack-mounts. Combine with full fenders, throw in an extra water bottle, and the world is your oyster.
Sabbath states the September AR-1 frame can be yours for £1,349 (aprox. $2.3k). Or they can do a frame, fork and headset at £1,499.00. Customized geometry is a very reasonable £250 upcharge. Pay them a visit here.