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.
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;
BSD are hot on the colourway game with this ‘clear water’ addition to Tony Malouf’s popular signature BSD Beverage frame. While a clearcoat is nothing new, the graphics on this frame are spot on and compliment it nicely, be sure to click on the images for a better look. The Clear Water Beverage is being shipped now so get your local bike shop on to one of BSD’s distributors.
Head over to bsdforever.com to get your first look at the updated 2015 signature WZA frame which will be available in the next few weeks.
Check out what’s new with Fiend for 2015. Plenty of new products in their latest catalog including the Garrett Reynolds Frame, Bar, Stem and Seat as well as a freecoaster and tripod seats. All of these products should be out around Winter time.