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The Sapien

29er bike, 650b custom frame, bicycle, brazed, custom frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, downhill bike, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, machinery, primate 29er bicycle, primate frame, tools, Welded, workshop0 comments

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Well this is one special ride , a good mate Steve Hinchliffe test rider for mountain biking Australia told me he had come up with a great single pivot frame idea I was keen as to get involved . Steve had come up with a great linkage design using the linkage programs , I took the points from his design and transfer it to my auto cad program and create a frame based around the suspension positions . Being a prototype I wanted to build a frame for my self to start with to make sure it all worked and nut out any bugs before I built one for my mate . The main frame came together pretty quickly , I then spent a bit of time working out how I was going to construct the swing arm . As with all my builds i like to try new things and test new ideas and this build gave me a chance to try something that I have had in mind for a long time. I love the look of the lattice sub frame on ducati moto’s and had wanted to do something similar on a bike and this swing arm turned out to be the perfect opportunity. This frame was designed to be a 29″ frame but I have been very keen on the 650b wheel size so I added a couple of changes to enable the ability to run either wheel size , to this end I use my eccentric BB to be able to change the bb Hight and with a 200x 57 shock for the 650b and 200×50 for the 29″ wheels and a very short 420mm rear wheel length and 6″ travel this was looking like a great bike .next was the finish, I played with a couple of color ideas but with all the beautiful fillet brazing I wanted to try the clear powder coat again and the boys at advance abrasive blasting did a spectacular job as always 😉
As with all new projects till you get to ride your new creation you can never be sure how it will behave , well first ride blew me away this bike climbed amazingly and held it own even better on the down hill run but being something I had created I needed external input to see if what I thought shared buy others , enter Steve the prefect tester as he is on all the latest industry bikes every for this work , well his first quick test ride ended up stretching out to over an hour ride ( as I sat in the park weighting ) and the smile on his face pretty much told me what he thought 😉 truly a special riding bike . I am refining and modernizing a few things but I will be offering this frame as a custom production frame . Keep an eye out for the next Sapien incarnation .
Stay upright

A couple A wedding and a tandem

29er bike, bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, custom forks, custom frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, hand built tandem bicycle frame, lugged, Welded, Wet Sprayed1 comment

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I was really glad and very privileged to be asked to build a tandem for a couple of previous customers , especially as this bike was for there wedding .
Rudy and Dimity had a good idea of what they wanted in there bike and after a bit of back and forward I had a design drawn up and the fun began . There was a lot of first’s for me in this build ( always interesting and challenging ) the first was using the S&S couplers , as it was for such a special occasion I wanted to do something special for them so I came up with the idea of cutting and filing out hart shapes in the couplers , this was quite an undertaking and took a good couple of weeks to complete but was well worth the effort . I needed to build the frame to be able to handle fully loaded touring so i was using over size tubing but I still wanted to keep a classic look to the bike to this end I cut some and fitted some custom lugs that matched the S&S couplers profile giving a nice look and adding additional strength to the frame . Next new thing was using gates belt drive , a big job working out spacing and tensioning as there is no room for error with the belts . Then to finish it all off my beautiful partner Meg lofts from ahoy birdy made a custom solid silver head badge with their initials carved into it . All in all this build turned out amazing and to have the happy couple ride away from there ceremony on it was defiantly a privilege to be able to have been part of 😉
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Williams Wonderfull 29er

Williams Wonderfull 29er

29er bike, bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, machinery, primate 29er bicycle, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop1 comment

Well I must admit to leading a double life for the lead into this story.

I work a full-time job as a theatre technician (basically I run the back stage of the Sydney theatre),  In this job I meet a lot of different  people, we get all sorts come through our venue from total amateur shows to big productions with a lot of big name actors in them.

Truth be told I don’t have much time for most of them they are just part of my job and some of them have egos so large I’m some times surprised they can fit  them selves through the doors  (and we have some big doors at work).

So when the boss told me we where going to have William Hurt with us on stage for out next production I was curious to see what sort of person he was.

Well it turns out that some times in life you meet some one who is truly special. I don’t find many people who I would say that about, but William is defiantly one of them.

Long story short I found William to be extremely open and down to earth and I could see he was not having a great time on the show we where working on so I took upon my self to break up his day with a chat and a laugh when I saw him at work.

I had a feeling that William might have been a bike person but I didn’t want to seem as if I was trying to sell him something as I’m sure he would get hit up by people trying to sell stuff all the time so I just kept out chats away from bikes.

Any way I was on my way to work  listening to the radio and they started talking about the show we where working on  and the DJ started talking about William Hurt and what he had been up to since he arrived here.  Turns out one of the first things he had done was to go and purchase a bike from Tokyo bikes in Surry hills.

So that night at work I asked him about his bike and told him I built frames. He asked to come up and have a look at the work shop I have set up at work (I am very lucky in this regard as my boss is a top bloke and has no problem with me working on bikes if there is nothing happening around the building, so I have a very nice little work shop set up in the theater) luckily I had two frames that had just come back from the painters.

Well after a very short time William was complementing my work and  saying he wanted a bike built, I didn’t really take him seriously at first as he had literally been in the work shop 5 min.  He must have seen what I was thinking so as he turned to me and said “I’m serious I want you to build me a bike” and to reinforce this he came up later to tell me again to seal it with a hand shake.

Well this threw me  into gear as the production was only in town for another 3 weeks.  After talking to William about what sort of bike he was looking for and looking over his body shape I had him sent to Steve Hog at cycle fit to get the full fit up treatment.

Luck was on my side here as Steve is usually 2-3 months booked out, but he had a spot the following Mon, score..

Well over the next few weeks I worked out the spec of the bike with William and as you can see from the photos there was very little spared, this thing is bling as bling .

William went back home and I set to work creating his bike I really wanted this to be something special.

To this end I designed and  had some custom tips cut to fit his frame geo and to house the rohloff  .Then I used a lovely set of Columbus fast back single bend chain stays, I have had them sitting in my tubes for a while as I can’t get them any more I was waiting for a special build to put them into and this was the perfect one.

Then there was the chain ring This is my Karma ring I designed this shape when I was first learning to use auto cad but as it was such a complex pattern I held of getting it cut .Then when I met William I knew he was the perfect candidate for the Karma ring, William is a very spiritual person who practices meditation and holds strong beliefs based around it. my Karma ring is based on an Indian Mandala which is used to focus the meditation practice, perfect for the bike and the man. to this end William asked if I could not put my skull logo on the head badge as he doesn’t like to celebrated death, no problem. Then it was the small details that really finish of the build like in laying the paint in the head tube reinforcement rings and hand painting the ti and soldered spokes (this looks really cool when the wheel is spinning as you get a funky little band of color in the wheel).

After talking through the components and working out what forks we where going with (rock shox Reba RLT TI ) but we had them painted to match the frame with my logo running up the front, sweet

the rest of the build is all the usual high end suspects Thomson/king/salsa/Easton/middleburn/hope/mavic .

This has been a great build for a really nice person and I feel very lucky to have met William and to have had the opportunity to build something for him.

Enjoy your new ride William may she bring you many years of good Karma.

Stay upright Tarn.

Primate Work Shop

29er bike, brazed, workshop0 comments

Having fun in the workshop with my young Padoin Dave 🙂
– Brazing the chain stays on a 29’er.
– Original swing arm concept, brazing plugs into two seperate tubes to make a bridge swing arm.

Purple Reign

29er bike, hand built custom bicyles, primate 29er bicycle0 comments

This is my latest 29’er due to the last one being taken out by a Merc.

More pics here: http://flickr.com/photos/primateframes/

Riding the 29’ers in New Zealand

29er bike, hand built bicycle frame, primate 29er bicycle, riding the 29'ers in new zealand0 comments

Just back from a 2 week stint of flowy trails, single track and downhill riding in Queenstown and Wanaka, love that country. We took the 29’ers over to put them through their paces and overall they cam up ace! You can check out some more pics of awesome trails here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/primateframes/sets/72157612953489918/

Riding the 29'ers in New Zealand

29er bike, hand built bicycle frame, primate 29er bicycle, riding the 29'ers in new zealand0 comments

Just back from a 2 week stint of flowy trails, single track and downhill riding in Queenstown and Wanaka, love that country. We took the 29’ers over to put them through their paces and overall they cam up ace! You can check out some more pics of awesome trails here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/primateframes/sets/72157612953489918/