Born in Cape Town, where an outdoor lifestyle is interwoven with an urban backdrop, Rook has produced some killer single speed rides, ready to mash through your city circuit.
It all started a couple of years back where the guys were finding track bike frames and building / selling fixies on Bike Hub. “We saw there was an appetite for something like this” Says Lee one of the co-founders. “I’ve always loved bicycles. Especially track bikes and the fixed style of riding. South Africa needs some grit and attitude pumped back into street cycling and over the last couple years we’ve developed a brand and range that reflects our stance on that".
Starting with their steel frame series, the Rook One “We’re super obsessive with build quality vs bang for buck and it shows in every bike that we ship. We’d like to see a Rook frame still shredding in 20 years!”. Hi-ten steel with geometry that gives you the go’s. This is not driving miss daisy - it’s an urban mash machine.
The guys have also developed a light build; The Rook Race. An aluminium frame with a carbon fiber fork. “The Race series is all about light weight agility. Inspired by events such as Red Hook Crit, the Rook Race is nimble through a city circuit. A track bike designed for the road”.
Rook Cycles strive to bring the thrill and challenge of fixed gear riding to South Africa. Skiddies, track stands, fixie tricks – a few of the fun elements riding a fixed gear brings to your ride. Each Rook bicycle ships with a flip-flop rear hub so you can start off in freewheel mode and switch to fixed when you’re comfortable.
“There’s a time and place for geared, expensive, high maintenance road bikes… And we respect that. But there’s so much fun to be had on a fixed gear and so much less hassle. We’re not just selling bikes, we’re riding hard, and having a blast doing it.”
You can customize your ride too, they’ve curated an in-house accessories range so you can make your ride unique to you.
Rook is based in Cape Town but like to see themselves as a South African brand. Shipping is included to any address in SA – check out their online store at rookcycles.com
The Rook One Starts at R5650 for a complete, and the Rook Race at R8650 complete.