This is Francis’ manly mixte. Hes not much of a poser, as you can see from the pics but his bike is looking hot. And despite the feminine tags which are often attached to mixtes this bike has some cool features that make it brutally male. For starters its made of lightweight tangaloy. No its not as light as carbon fibre or reynolds 531, but its lighter than much manlier 10 speed bikes like low-end Repco Travellers and Raleigh Rapides. Further most parts are alloy including the sporty Suntour ARX rear derailleur that will shift smoother than the standard shimano tourney derailleurs you find on a vintage ladies bike. Its a slant parallelogram derailleur, it doesnt get much better. On top of that I threw in my very own Suntour Power shifters which i was saving for one of my own project bikes. They sit on the downtube instead of the stem like most ladies bikes and well you need to be a bit more ballsy to take your hands of the bars and reach down between your legs to shift. They also shift better than most shifters on the planet. Francis is also rocking a fluted alloy seat stem, alloy rims, dropbars with safety levers topped off with vintage vinyl-like bar tape. And hows the ride? FAAAAAAAASSSSSSTTTTT. Very much, not your average ladies ten speed here, but rather a manly beast of a bike.