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THE PROCESS OF GETTING A FRAME
I make steel frames and bikes one at a time. Tig welded, or fillet-brazed, with fully customised geometry and braze-ons just for you.
Each frame is built to tight alignment tolerances through the welding process. The bottom bracket and headset mounting surfaces a carefully dressed (faced) with precision cutting tools, and the bottom bracket threads are prepared with a precision self-aligning thread tap tool (chased) before painting, i.e. "faced and chased". The frame is sand-blasted with garnet material to ensure cleanliness for optimum paint adhesion then sent to be painted. Orders are being completed in 10-14 weeks with that time-frame varying a little as each frame is totally unique, and I can get waves of orders, sometimes three in the same week.
You can think of a frame-order as a collaboration to make a cutting-edge steel frame to suit you out of carefully selected combinations of light-weight steel tubing; lightweight tubing combinations that aren't used on production frames because the heavy-for-their-height customers invariably break a good percentage of them. Because I get to know your requirements, I can make a design that will work just for you. The result will weigh 5-25% less than a production steel frame, which is also a good measure of the additional spring and desireable absortion I can offer as part of the design which lets you ride longer and arrive feeling less beaten-up.
All frames are priced 'faced and chased' and painted in two pack auto paint with a clear-coat.
With a few emails or discussions on the phone, we can establish the type of frame or complete bike that suits your needs.
I run and update this website myself to give you a glimpse into how it all comes together.
| We can arrive at a
frame design a number of ways;
Along with frame dimensions, we decide on frame tubing, frame parts and the method of constructing the frame.
If you're interested in going ahead, I use BikeCAD to display the proposed design and email it to you to check it out, along with a form to record the things you'd like. The BikeCAD drawing can also show fit-dimensions such as saddle to handlebar distance which you can use to compare with your current bike.
A deposit is required and I start the build process. As part of buying one of my frames, you're welcome to come out and meet me and see where it all happens.
Once you decide to go ahead with a frame order, I ask for:
Delivery of the frame to you can be arranged for $60-$100 around Australia.
When I receive your deposit, I organise all the tubes and frame parts I need. For most frames I'll have all the parts, while some frames may need special tubes and we will be waiting about a week or two for the parts to arrive. By then you will have moved up the queue a little. Once built, the frame is 'faced and chased' then painted.
The detail - the ways you can order a frame;
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