Seems each year, TwinSix releases a limited edition colorway for their steel Standard Rando touring road bike, and this year it’s a seasonally appropriate crimson red. In the past, we’ve seen hi-vis yellow, blazing orange and sky blue. The frame itself carries over unchanged, which means you get regular QR dropouts, disc brakes, fender mounts with a couple extra attachment points for racks, and a matching steel fork.

2018 twinsix standard rando steel touring road bike limited edition crimson red color

Sold as a frameset for $600 (or $640 with paint-matched metal fenders), it’s the same price now as it has been for years, which is refreshing.

2018 twinsix standard rando steel touring road bike limited edition crimson red color

The complete bikes start at $1,725 and max out at $1,865 with options like fenders, and the choice between SRAM Rival 1×11 or 2×11 groups. It’ll fit up to 700×43 tires, or 650Bx47. Their bike builder is simple and lets you choose wheel size, stem size and other options to get it just the way you want it.

Moving fast are these new long-sleeve merino wool cycling jerseys for $160, available in olive, black and grey. Hurry though, some sizes and colors are already very limited or sold out.

Or get a jump on spring with two of their latest jersey designs, the Victor (black) and the Peloton. Each retails for $135, or check out the rest of their collection, most of which is on sale as of this post going live.


  1. I love this bike EXCEPT the fact that it has a straight steer tube. With tapered forks being standard, its almost impossible to upgrade to a carbon fork that includes tabs for disc brakes with this bike (unless you want to spend $500 for an Envy fork) Hell just upgrade this to a bike with a carbon fork.

  2. That is a hot looking bike. However, the fenders need to extend down further to enable attaching flaps that would ideally hang nearly to the tarmac. They’re a little short as pictured here.

  3. I’ve always admired these Std Randos for being a helluva bargain for what you get. The head scratcher though is the the mix of standards… Still with QR, post mount, and PF30bb. Seems like T6 is one of the last hold outs to go thru axle. Don’t really mind what the brake mount is,… but a PF30bb shell?

    • Why not? It’s meant to be an economical utility road bike. T/A adds cost, weight, and really nothing else. Ditto the tapered fork.

  4. I have one of these and while I’d normally agree on things like the steer tube and QRs, I think for this bike its good as is. I use mine as a commuter and its nice to have the easy simplicity/convenience of QRs. As for the lack of Carbon fork – I don’t think this bike is really made to be a performance ride….mine’s heavy as a boat anchor…. there are carbon forks available, but for this bike the steel fork is comfy and fit-for-purpose.

    • I don’t see how QR is any more simple or convenient than a thru axle. Can you elaborate? A tapered head tube would be nice as mentioned above, or a 44. Aside from the weight of this frame it pretty much has race geo. Tapered carbon fork adaptability would be nice, like a Rodeo spork. Shave weight off the front end and gain eyelets for more gear.

        • Ok, fair enough. I like thru axle for disc brake because I get the same rotor alignment every time mounting a wheel, lateral flex causing brake rub eliminated. Thru axles perform better under braking than QR because of the greater forces disc brakes produce on the axle. Thru axle makes for a more secure and stable connection for disc brakes than QR, on all points.

            • This industry isn’t defined by people hanging on to old tech, it has to keep moving forward like a shark, or it dies. The QR/disc brake combo will eventually get phased out as well because it makes no sense. Check the dustbins. Full of examples.

  5. Just an FYI Fyxation makes a carbon fork that you can mount stuff too and is a straight steerer and has disc brake mounts for not a ton of money. Yes it is an alloy steerer but there are worse things in the world. Sure the Rodeo Labs Spork is a cool fork and ticks a ton of boxes but there are still some straight steerer options.

    There are also tons of options for steel bikes and ti bikes that can take tapered forks and have mounting nipples for all the cages and pumps and co2 and whatnot that you could want!

    However there is just no pleasing some people. We all want a bike that weighs nothing and can carry everything including the kitchen sink and can do the Tour Divide but also climb Alpe D’Huez but let’s face it, that ain’t happening. But if it did I will be the first in line at the shop for it.

  6. Why anyone keen on a steel frame would want to fit a carbon fork is beyond me. And for those wanting a bike like this to have a tapered, or 44mm headtube, you’ve missed the point, thanks for stopping by, kindly move along. The sensible comments above are those wanting slightly longer genders and questioning the use of the PF bb shell.

      • “I’d like to know the benefit of a straight steer tube.”

        Simplicity and lower cost (could you imagine how heavy a steel fork with a tapered steel steerer would be?). Tapered steerers exist mainly so that larger diameter carbon and alloy downtubes can be employed to gain stiffness without gaining weight. Can’t do that with steel.

    • “you’ve missed the point, thanks for stopping by, kindly move along. The sensible comments above”…..

      Insanity, it’s a thing.

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