The Aspect is the latest titanium offering from Mason Cycles and it’s a beauty, not only in the way it looks but also in the way it rides. The frameset offers so much depth in the way it behaves thanks to the tubeset, the fork and the geometry all working together to give a sublime ride quality and an excellent level of feedback no matter how rough the road surface is. Titanium frames often have a very specific feel about them, offering that smoothness of a quality steel frame yet with a firmness edging towards that of an aluminium alloy one. Mason has exploited this very cleverly indeed. My first ride was a quick blast around the lanes for just over an hour to test the setup and my position. Mason says that the Aspect is ‘designed to be a super-smooth, fast, ultra-distance rocket ship for long distance rides’ so that was how I treated it: stamping on the pedals and giving it a damn good thrashing. I was definitely impressed with the stiffness around the bottom bracket under acceleration, and the tautness of the front gives a very direct feeling to the steering. I did have a few reservations, though, about long-distance comfort from such a firm ride, especiall...