What size frame should I ride?

We have a full page of sizing advice, you can check that out here

How are the top tube lengths measured?

The measurements are of an effective, horizontal top tube.

Do you do custom sizes?

We don't currently offer custom sizes on any of our frames, so far we have only had 3 customers who could not fit on one of six sizes.



What size and type of front derailleur do i need?

braze on front derailleur

What size tyres can I run?

The Palace:R was designed to give clearance around a 25mm tyre. We've tested a variety of tyre and rim combinations including 25c Schwalbe, Challenge, Panaracer and others.

On wheels with 15.5 - 18.9mm internal widths, we have had clearance around these tyres, but please be aware some 25c tyres are much larger than 25mm. It is always best to contact a tyre or wheel manufacturer directly if you wish to know about a specific combination we haven't 'in-house tested' yet.

We've written a blog post on tyre sizes which can be found here:



what headset do I need?

The Palace:R (and all Bowman Frames) come with a headset.

Once this has reached the end of its life, the following bearings will fit the headset parts and headtube

  • Top headset: IS41 45/45 degree "campy style" 41.0mm O.D
  • Bottom headset: IS52 36/45 51.8mm O.D

What size and type of bottom bracket do I need?

Threaded BSA BB

Do direct mount brakes fit the Palace:R?

No, the Palace:R frameset uses standard-drop caliper brakes.

what does the Palace:R frame weigh?

(includes carbon fork weight of 0.355kg)


What size and type of front derailleur do i need?

braze on front derailleur

What size tyres can I run?

The Pilgrims Disc is a road frame designed with bigger rubber in mind. On a modern wider set of rims with internal width upto around 20mm, the Pilgrims can comfortably take all 32c tyres, and some lightly treaded 33c tyres fit. Bigger 33c tread patterns and some tyres that measure a little bigger in real life, do not fit.

With mudguards, there are a couple of options. Using a stock 35mm mudguard you can run a 28c tyre with good clearance. A 30c tyre can be used if paired with a 45mm mudguard but a small modification needs to be made to give good clearance, it just requires 2 small cuts, we're happy to give advice on fitting this setup.

What size hubs / wheels can I fit?

The Pilgrims Disc uses bolt through axles front and rear, we supply both bolted and quick release bolt through axles with the frame. The front hub spacing is 12 x 100mm and the rear is 12 x 142mm. The Pilgrims Disc is designed to run 700c wheels but you can use 650b wheels aswell, the biggest tyre we have successfully tested is 38c with this setup.

What headset do I need?

The Pilgrims Disc (and all Bowman Frames) come with a headset. The Crown race supplied with the Pilgrims Disc is not required, we supply this headset with all of our frames but because of the integrated race on the fork the black split crown race is not needed.

What size and type of bottom bracket do I need?

Threaded BSA (English) bottom bracket

What brakes do I need?

The Pilgrims Disc uses the flat mount disc brake standard. We supply with the frame caliper mounts to use either 140mm or 160mm rotors. You can also use older post mount style calipers but you will need additional flat mount to post mount brake adapters.

What size rotors can I use?

The Pilgrims Disc uses a 140mm rotor compatible, flat-mount for the disc calipers. The maximum rotor size you can use on the frames is 160mm.

What is the weight of the pilgrims disc frameset?

The Pilgrims Disc weight is within 250grams of the Palace:R.

What size bolts do I need?

The mount holes on the Pilgrims Disc for bottle cages, and mudguards are the following sizes:

Bottle cage mounts - M5

Fork leg mudguard mounts - M5

Fork Crown mudguard and light mount - M4

Seat stay and bridge mudguard mounts - M5

Chain stay bridge mount - Unthreaded

Front Brake mounts - M5 (maximum thread length inside fork is 12mm)

Rear brake - M5, we recommend bolts with a thread length of 24-25mm for most manufacturers calipers, the bolts supplied with your brake caliper may not be the correct length as dropout depth and mount depth are not standardised and differ between manufacturers.


Can I purchase additional or replacement hangers?

Replacement hangers for current and past models can be found here: bowman-cycles.com/collections/spare-parts

more spare parts will be listed here as they become available.


Do you sell raw frames?

We do not sell anything but the shown colour options for our frames. We do a small number of limited edition custom colour runs throughout the year. We recommend signing up to our Bowman Bulletin newsletter and following our social media feeds where we announce any news on these.

Can you recommend any custom painters i can work with?

We work with a great painter on our stainless steel program, who we can put you in touch with for custom painted palaces with official graphics, that will not affect your original owner warranty. Email us on info@bowman-cycles.com for more details



We offer a five-year warranty against material or workmanship failure for the original owner. Your statutory rights are not affected by these terms.



If you have a problem with your frame set and the issue cannot be resolved via email (email is always the fastest way of getting in touch with us, so please do try this first) and your frame needs to be returned to us, you are responsible for the shipping cost. Once we have checked the frame over and determined the cause of the problem we will inform you how it can be resolved.

If the problem is deemed to be a material or workmanship issue we will then offer either repair, or wherever possible, a replacement. We will also refund the cost you as the customer paid to have the frame returned to us. Any warranty replacement will be shipped free of charge, even for international customers.  


If you paid via PayPal and we action a refund, please allow one working day for the funds to credit your account.

If you paid for your frame using a credit card and have been informed by us that we have actioned your refund, the refund can take 3-8 working days. We have no control over this timeframe. Once we release the funds the length of time the funds take to credit your account is determined by the relationship between your bank/card company and the secure 3rd party payment gateway we use (Stripe Payments). Times may vary, so please check with your bank/credit card company first. You should be able to see that a payment in due to your account, even if it has not shown on your statement

If the problem is deemed to be a material or workmanship issue we will then offer either repair, or wherever possible, a replacement. We will also refund the cost you as the customer paid to have the frame returned to us. Any warranty replacement will be shipped free of charge, even for international customers.  


Do you have dealers?

We currently only sell our frames direct via our website – this way you can ensure you get the best price.


Can I visit to see the bikes?

We have a range of demo bikes which are available to test if you are local to us - or would like to visit – at our headquarters in Brockley, South East London. We can promise great coffee (and tea is available if that’s your thing). We also occasionally meet customers in Central London if you are unable to get to us.

Do I pay VAT/ Taxes on an International sale?

For International orders outside of the E.U, tax is automatically removed from your sale at the checkout based on your billing and delivery address location, you will however be liable for import tax/duty based on your own country's laws when the item reaches your country, this is usually based on a percentage of the items total value. These charges are not included in the amount you pay to us for shipping and you are responsible for taxes and any import fees. Your order will be held by your local customs office or the courier until this is paid so it may delay your order.

How much is international shipping?

We ship worldwide on all products, shipping costs are:

Free - UK

£25 - Near Europe

£35 - Rest of Europe

£75 - America, Africa, Arabia

£85- Asia, Oceania, Rest of World

Customers in Malaysia and Singapore should contact our Malaysian distributor The Cyclist Wardrobe. We can't ship to these countries.




Why Just Frames?

With so many options available to you, we believe the exciting process of building a Bowman you love to ride that’s within your budget, with the most suitably sized components should be encouraged, not restricted. By supplying only a small range of complete bikes at certain price points with components you may end up wanting to upgrade parts almost as soon as you start riding it.


How Long Does it take?

All frame orders for in stock items are shipped the following day with UPS next day service in the UK, a 2-3 day service in Europe and 4-5 day service for the rest of the world. You will receive tracking info that allows for full tracking so you'll be able to see exactly where your new pride and joy is.

On pre-ordered frames, we will give a good indication of when the next drop of frames is due, if we don't already have a confirmed date. We will also offer email updates once production dates are confirmed etc. If you're not sure when a certain frame is due in stock just ask, we'd be happy to go through availability with you.

For small parts we ship almost daily with Royal Mail, this would usually arrive with you within 48 hours

If you have any queries beyond these,

or just want some want any clarification -

email: info@bowman-cycles.com


phone us: 01322800146