Guru Photon R

Cyclist takes a look at the Québécois export

Always on the hunt for interesting products for our Leadout and Bike Test pages, the team at Cyclist took temporary ownership of a Photon R equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 to see just if the immaculately finished product rode as well as it looked. Shipped direct from Guru HQ in Montreal, Quebec, what is apparent is the attention to detail regarding the entire surface both inside and out of the Photon.


Handcrafted, hand painted and high-tech – these are the key points of difference when looking at one of the six stock geometry sizes or fully customised ensemble. Design, production and painting is all completed in-house by the skilled Guru craftspeople, and it’s this level of control throughout the entire process that leads to an extremely precise finished product. The bottom bracket threads, seat tube internal walls and head tube are given one last prep and check before the all-clear is given to ship out.

Akin to a number of the major top-end brands, Guru frames are built using
size-specific tubing to create a ride that is equal across the range. This also helps to achieve a claimed sub-800g frame in 54cm while not sacrificing stiffness or ride qualities. For those wanting something more personal, there are alternative layup options.

Running your palms along each section of tubing does little to reveal any shortcomings in the finish, the people at Guru remaining tight-lipped on the process behind its ‘true monocoque carbon construction.’


Our chosen model was fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical but there’s a host of build options to choose from along with a number of standard colour combinations. We were however, pleasantly surprised to find the Photon R kitted out with the innovative range of Enve Composites controls. The long-time favourite has to be the road bar with simple yet functional integrated rubber bar end plugs, which no other brand seems to offer.

Reynolds Assault wheels assist in looking the part and the clincher model fitted to our test bike is more convenient, but for the most part they could be saved for race day or high-speed weekend bunches – of which we will hopefully take part in plenty over the coming months.


Full review in the latest issue of Cyclist. Grab your copy from all good newsstands or iTunes now