What really matters on a road bike is the ride feel. Yes, bike weight and aerodynamics matter if you are a top pro, but high-strung disposable race bikes are not designed to be enjoyable to ride. The Goodship takes a step back from the delicate, high-strung race machines and instead is designed to be something you will love to ride every day, and for year after year too!
Still a fully capable race-bike, the Goodship is primarily focused on the feeling that comes from riding it. The Goodship’s ultra high-end steel Drawnright tubeset is designed to work perfectly with a matching ENVE carbon fiber fork. You’ll recognize the Goodship’s unique road feel immediately whenever you hit the road. Built with a full Shimano Ultegra groupset, FSA components and Continental tires to give you a parts build that is both lightweight and reliable.
Custom Drawnright tubing, butted per size.
When we sat down to create the Goodship, we had a long-running relationship with one of the world’s best high-end titanium, chromoly and aluminum frame manufacturing facilities on our side. With the ability to create custom tube sets at our fingertips, we started with a blank sheet of paper and designed the frame exactly how we wanted it, and then we designed our own butting and tube shaping to get the precise weight and ride-feel that we were looking for. Fairdale’s Drawnright tube sets start with seamless, superior-grade Japanese chromoly, and they are then drawn and butted to our exact specifications. Having the freedom to fully design the frame inside and out is an advantage and an option that most frame makers never come across, and it is a choice that is usually totally out reach for a custom small-batch frame builder. After butting and forming the tube, Drawnright tube sets are then heat-treated prior to assembly to further improve the frame’s strength and ride quality.
While it would undoubtedly be easier for Fairdale to pick a tube set off-the-shelf and be able to simply say that the tubing comes from a respected brand name, it wouldn’t be the “best” way for us to make a frame. By doing all of the extra work ourselves, creating our own custom seamless tube sets, and taking advantage of features like the Goodship’s oversized downtube, we ended up with a frame and fork set that is light and strong with an outstanding ride quality.
Trusted Enve carbon fiber fork.
When working on the Goodship and its Drawnright tube sets, we were confident that we could pair an exceptional steel frame to a high-end carbon fork with great results.