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OUR FRAMES

The frames are hand-built using the proven tube-to-tube design.  The carbon fiber tubes and other carbon fiber components are sourced primarily from Enve Composites, but some tubes and other components are sourced from suppliers around the globe.

The tubes are cut and coped to fit and then glued together using a high strength structural adhesive which can withstand the higher temperatures required to cure the pre-impregnated (pre-preg) carbon panels which are then applied over the joints.  The pre-preg unidirectional carbon fiber “stratification” panels are custom cut for each frame.  Some are cut by hand, based on the exact alignment of the tubes, but I do have access to an Eastman 9000 cutter if needed.  This insures 100% accuracy of the layup schedule and the size and shape of the stratification layers.  The frames are vacuum-bagged and cured in a custom-built, programmable oven capable of curing 3 frames simultaneously at a temperature up to 400 degrees.

Each frame is custom-built for the new owner.  Tube-to-tube construction allows the greatest flexibility in customizing each frame as each tube is cut and fitted to meet the custom geometry required by each design.  Each owner is consulted on the exact frame design that they are looking for.  Whether the customer wants to duplicate the geometry of a frame they’ve ridden for years…or they’re not quite sure…exact measurements of the owner can be obtained to build the proper fitting bike.

The frames are constructed using differing modulus fibers and with slightly varying layup schedules to provide the proper levels of stiffness for each area of the frame.  Each frame will be designed and constructed based on structural requirements and customer feedback and input.

The frames use carbon fiber PF30 bottom bracket shells which are very stiff and offer excellent flexibility for many different crankset options and eliminate bonding issues with aluminum shells, and the high cost of titanium shells.  Just in case…Titanium shells are offered (optional) in Standard English thread and the new T47 BB Standard (essentially a PF30 with threads) will be available soon.

 

FRAME WEIGHTS

Because each frame is completely custom, there’s no exact weight for our frames. As an example, a recently finished (painted with graphics) 50cm frame weighed 1,000 grams.

My frames aren’t the lightest in the world.  I don’t want to build a frame that is so fragile that you have to handle it with kid gloves.  Bicycles get knocked around sometimes and I don’t want to be doing a carbon repair on one of our frames because I used a tube that was too thin for reality.   Because I also have a busy carbon repair business, I see broken frames every day.  From this experience I know that sometimes a slightly (a few ounces) more robust build would have saved the frame from damage that cost hundreds to repair.

DELIVERY TIME

The typical timeframe for having a frame completed is 6 weeks.  There are times when that timeframe can’t be met, but please contact me and I’ll give you an accurate estimate.

COST

Face it…custom carbon frames are not inexpensive.  There’s no way around that when you are purchasing a hand-built, custom geometry carbon fiber bicycle frame.  Due to the fact that I do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in custom tooling, ultra-high tech molding equipment, and a huge facility, I believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you compare our prices to others in the industry.  Please see our ORDERING (link) page for more detailed pricing information.

 

A set of 3K Weave Components for a Frame

Coping a 3K Weave Seat Tube on the Mill

An In-Process Frame prior to Pre-Preg Application

Pre-Preg Carbon Stratification Panels

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Our Frames

The frames are hand-built using the proven tube-to-tube design.  The carbon fiber tubes and other carbon fiber components are sourced primarily from Enve Composites, but some tubes and other components are sourced from suppliers around the globe.

The tubes are cut and coped to fit and then glued together using a high strength structural adhesive which can withstand the higher temperatures required to cure the pre-impregnated (pre-preg) carbon panels which are then applied over the joints.  The pre-preg unidirectional carbon fiber “stratification” panels are custom cut for each frame.  Some are cut by hand, based on the exact alignment of the tubes, but I do have access to an Eastman 9000 cutter if needed.  This insures 100% accuracy of the layup schedule and the size and shape of the stratification layers.  The frames are vacuum-bagged and cured in a custom-built, programmable oven capable of curing 3 frames simultaneously at a temperature up to 400 degrees.

 

Each frame is custom-built for the new owner.  Tube-to-tube construction allows the greatest flexibility in customizing each frame as each tube is cut and fitted to meet the custom geometry required by each design.  Each owner is consulted on the exact frame design that they are looking for.  Whether the customer wants to duplicate the geometry of a frame they’ve ridden for years…or they’re not quite sure…exact measurements of the owner can be obtained to build the proper fitting bike.

The frames are constructed using differing modulus fibers and with slightly varying layup schedules to provide the proper levels of stiffness for each area of the frame.  Each frame will be designed and constructed based on structural requirements and customer feedback and input.

The frames use carbon fiber PF30 bottom bracket shells which are very stiff and offer excellent flexibility for many different crankset options and eliminate bonding issues with aluminum shells, and the high cost of titanium shells.  Just in case…Titanium shells are offered (optional) in Standard English thread and the new T47 BB Standard (essentially a PF30 with threads) will be available soon.

FRAME WEIGHTS

Because each frame is completely custom, there’s no exact weight for our frames. As an example, a recently finished (painted with graphics) 50cm frame weighed 1,000 grams.

My frames aren’t the lightest in the world.  I don’t want to build a frame that is so fragile that you have to handle it with kid gloves.  Bicycles get knocked around sometimes and I don’t want to be doing a carbon repair on one of our frames because I used a tube that was too thin for reality.   Because I also have a busy carbon repair business, I see broken frames every day.  From this experience I know that sometimes a slightly (a few ounces) more robust build would have saved the frame from damage that cost hundreds to repair.

An In-Process Frame prior to
 Pre-Preg Application
Pre-Preg Carbon Stratification PanelsDELIVERY TIME

The typical timeframe for having a frame completed is 6 weeks.  There are times when that timeframe can’t be met, but please contact me and I’ll give you an accurate estimate.

COST

Face it…custom carbon frames are not inexpensive.  There’s no way around that when you are purchasing a hand-built, custom geometry carbon fiber bicycle frame.  Due to the fact that I do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in custom tooling, ultra-high tech molding equipment, and a huge facility, I believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you compare our prices to others in the industry.  Please see our ORDERING (link) page for more detailed pricing information.

A set of 3K Weave Components for a Frame

A set of 3K Weave Components
for a Frame

Coping a 3K Weave Seat Tube
on the Mill