Trail killer Chris Harti has been blessed with a brand new USA made signature frame dubbed The Hartbreaker from Fitbikeco and it’s looking a little different from the usual cookie-cutter type frames. With a traditional, trail inspired design, Fit have opted for features little seen on frames these days like chain stay welded on AD990 mounts, welded down tube cable guides as well as seat tube cable routing and a lack of an integrated seat clamp; something I have personally missed. Geometry wise, this thing is long and super stable with a 74.5 degree head angle, a slammed 13.8 inch rear end and probably the lowest bottom bracket height available since the Hoffman Bama frame at 11.35 inches; perfect for keeping steady at high speeds.
This thing is ‘built like an ox’ for the trails with Supertherm 4130, wide tyre clearance, double head tube gussets and is available now from all good Fitbikeco dealers.
Top tube sizes: 21″, 21.125″, 21.5″ Chain stay length: 13.8″-14.5″ Head tube angle: 74.5° Seat tube angle: 71° Bottom bracket height: 11.35″ Stand over height: 9.15″ Integrated head set Mid bottom bracket 14mm dropouts, 3/16″ Thick, 4Q Baked Chain stay Welded 990s Traditional Slotted seat tube Seat post size: 25.4mm Colours: gloss black and clear Weights: 21” – 5.18 lb (2.35 kg) 21.125” – 5.235 lb (2.37 kg) 21.5” – 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
The guys at Fitbikeco dropped this photo of their new chrome colourway for Mike Aitken’s signature Motomike frame for all you chrome addicts out there. Hit up your local Fitbikeco dealer ASAP to catch one of these before they’re all snapped up.
Spotted on this Scott Ditchburn bike check via The Shadow Conspiracy‘s website, here is a sneak peek at Scott’s newest prototype of his Subrosa Thunderbeast 2 signature frame. No info on exactly what has been revised since the original was released but it sure looks pretty in this dark red. Watch this space for more info as it comes.
We’ve had a few US-based guys talk to us about the custom frames they put out, and so far we’ve loved what we’v seen. Hopefully it’s inspired some of you to go and purchase some of these frames yourselves and support the rider-owned and operated scene that these guys have created for the custom frame market. For this week’s interview, we go across the Atlantic to Patrick Banks, one of the UK’s finest custom frame builder. We hope this helps to cater to our audience from around the world, while showcasing another frame building legend. Click through to peep the full interview and some photos of the frames.
Over the next weeks we’ll be interviewing some of the guys behind the brands that are putting out custom frames. With all the available options out there for frames, it seems like there should be something out there for everyone, yet these guys say otherwise. So we shot out some emails, asked a few questions, and gave these guys a chance to explain things like what caused them to start doing custom frames, and why their frames are better than anything else on the market. Without any more of my rambling, first on the list is FBM Bike Co, with Steve Crandall giving us an insight to what goes on in their shops. Click through for the full interview…
The Union posted this great Insight piece featuring Dan Foley’s new signature Wethepeople Cadence frame and it’s looking pretty tidy. Subtle but all important details like the bullet tipped stays, double head tube gussetts, custom seat and chain stay bridges, WTP’s classic looking CNC head tubes and a neat little gussett that runs all the way under the top tube to stiffen it up are sure to make this frame a popular one.
Seamless 4130 Japanese chromoly tubing 75-degree head tube angle 71-degree seat tube angle 11.5″ bottom bracket height 9″ stand over height 13.5″ chain stay length 20.5″ and 21″ top tube lengths 5.4 lbs. (2.4kg) Available in Black Titan, Gloss Black, Dark Blue (shown) and Translucent Green.
Head over to The Union’s website to check out more photos and specs of the Cadence frame.
We’re straying away from the usual business of reporting on today’s more popular companies’ releases towards something a little more underground; here we have PiR’s Malo Tostivint‘s latest pop at a custom made street frame. With amazing details like the stylish built-in pivotal post, bullet capped stays, double open-ended head tube gussets and a custom seat stay bridge; this is a first rate frame and we can’t help but feel overwhelmed with jealousy towards the lucky owner.
Dig posted this first look into the specs of the new United Region street frame as well as an interview with Tom Sanders who designed the frame about his ideas behind the making of the Region. Here are the vital stats for all you number hungry bike nerds out there; Continue reading →
Randy Taylor was the first guy I’ve ever seen in a web video. Ever since, I’ve been hooked on bikes, and it’s all because of his Props bio from years ago. He will always be in my top 10 favorite riders of all time, and because of that, I am so stoked that Mutiny is re-issuing his Loosefer frame, with a few minor geometry adjustments. We don’t have any specifics yet, but based off of this bike check Mutiny posted with Mat Houck, we know that it’ll have a taller headtube and standover height than the original. Can’t wait for this to be available, and rest in peace Randy.
‘Investment casting’ is a term that seems to be popping up on the spec sheets of a whole ton of BMX parts right now… but what exactly is it? By all outward appearances you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a manufacturing process that, using some kind of witchcraft, turns your component (be it forks, frame or cranks) into one solid piece of metal. Right? Not quite. Walk with me;