TwinSix is, perhaps refreshingly, making the most of their development efforts by keeping a good thing interesting by simply offering new colors. Their Standard Rando debuted years back (and added a titanium model in 2016) and has since released in Blaze Orange and Sky Blue colorways, along with bib and jersey kits to match. Now, they’re offering it in Hi Vis Yellow, too.

2018 TwinSix Standard Rando steel touring road bike in hi vis yellow paint

The Standard Rando starts with a T6 853 standard steel frame and sticks with classic specs like a straight 1-1/8″ steerer steel fork, 135mm QR rear axle spacing, and external cable routing with bolt-on clips to organize it. It does use a PFBB30 bottom bracket shell, though, which allows for an eccentric BB if you want to set it up as a singlespeed. The big modern touch has always been disc brakes. Rack and fender mounts are ready for a fully loaded touring setup.

2018 TwinSix Standard Rando steel touring road bike in hi vis yellow paint

Add paint-matched fenders for $40, and upgrade from SRAM Rival 1x to a 2x system for $50. Already got a seat you love? Use that. Or add $50 for a Fizik Aliante R7. From there, choose handlebar width, stem length and angle, and they’ll throw in the Cyrano seatpost for a complete Fizik cockpit, including bar tape.

You can also choose from Stan’s Grail Comp 700c or Velocity Aileron 650b wheels, then pick from WTB or Panaracer tires in 700×32 or 34, or 650bx47. Pricing for the complete bike ranges from $1,900 to $2,040 depending on options. Or grab a frameset and build it up yourself for $600.


      • QR with disc brakes are so fiddly; not as much a problem for an XC bike but honestly I used to do grocery runs on my old CX bike with QR and discs and it had to be adjusted all the time to stop the brakes for clipping the rotor and god forbid you spun the rear wheel and used the brakes to stop the wheel in the air abruptly it would pull the wheel out of the dropout microscopically and the skewer had to be readjusted to avoid the dreaded noise. I switched to Thru-Axles and all of these problems went away.

      • I race a mass-produced disc cx bike with QR and have never experienced anything like you describe in two seasons. Never had those problems in 10 years of disc mtb (hardtails and full suspension) ownership prior to thru-axle, either.

        Why would it be any less of a problem on an MTB?

  1. I couldn’t believe it when I read it, so I checked out the website. Nowhere does T6 say their frames are made with Reynolds 853. All the specs say is “T6 Standard Steel tubing.” If they actually used 853, they would brag about it. Tyler, you should clarify.

  2. Don’t forget the limited edition pink from last year. That’s the only color better than this yellow.

    This bike is due for an upgrade though. It could use new dropouts and a 44mm head tube like their CX bike has and a touch more tire clearance. 650b x 48s fit but are rather tight.

  3. Lost me at two of the biggest pains in the butt in modern cycling…PF bottom bracket and QR w/Disc brakes. The first being completely unnecessary on a Steel/Ti bike.

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