'The idea for Goldhawk actually came about before Jiglok. Fed up with looking around for a good bike that delivered on performance, looks & affordability, nothing out there 'spoke to me', so I decided to create something myself.
Already a convert to hydraulic discs, I'd recently got back into steel frames, particularly if paired with a carbon fork, when I first noticed the 1x11 gearing setups. In my opinion, disc brakes & 1x11 are the best developments in recent years & knowing good frame design, set about defining the geometry to pull it all together.
And then my bike got stolen. Secured with a good 'Gold' lock, but still taken in minutes, it was a horrible experience. I ride a lot and appreciate a good bike, so didn't want to resort to riding something cheap & inferior or load up with even more locks.
I thought that if the best locks can still be broken, a different approach was needed. What if a good bike became a 'useless' bike by removing a vital & unique part from it when parked? No matter what happened to the conventional lock, the bike would be incomplete even if taken & so be unattractive to the vast majority of thieves. Jiglok was born.
I'd previously been the Engineering Director of a company producing high tech drilling equipment, so using my technical experience & working with one of the UK's best precision machining companies & a respected steel frame manufacturer, took Goldhawk & Jiglok from the drawing board to the road.
2016 has been spent refining the design, testing & planning for production, but 2017 will see the full launch of Goldhawk with Jiglok technology in every bike.
I've been pleasantly surprised by how popular the idea of the fold flat feature has been & I'm really pleased with the Goldhawk multi-tool. Originally designed to be simply the carry case for Jiglok, it now has as much functionality as Jiglok itself & really completes the package.'
Jeff Rutland - MD of Goldhawk Bikes & creator of Jiglok