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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 πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ˜‰ 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 .
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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 πŸ˜‰
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Bens big cargo bike

20" BMX, 26" custom frame, bicycle, brazed, cargo bike, courier, 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, messenger, primate frame, tig bike frame set up, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop0 comments

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Well here is another build that is a little different , Ben asked me to build him a cargo bike that needed to fill a few specific requirements he wanted the handling and response that you get from a pull pull cable steering sys and a big carry bed but most importantly it had to be very strong as he would be carrying around his most precious asset his new born son. So I set to work creating his super cargo frame, I have been very happy with my cargo bike and but i was very glad to have this opportunity to improve a few things with this build. with all one off complex builds there are always many challenges to deal with and this build was no different but the end results have come up to and bettered my expectations and I am very much looking forward to seeing the complet bike built up and running. Well if you live in Brisbane look out for a crazy green cargo bike rolling the streets.
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Keir ‘s stainless master piece

bicycle, custom built bicycle frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, primate frame, Welded, Wet Sprayed4 comments

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Well this is Keir’s third frame with me this time round it’s a beautiful stainless steel lugged road frame. Keir had been talking to me for some time about creating his own marque frame and after a lot of back and forward we came up with the design. The frame uses KVA SS tubes matched to llewellyn’s clean cast lugs, with brush finish rear stays and custom decals this was going to be a very high end build.
The SS tubes are always a bit of a challenge to work with they are super hard and very tricky to miter, so with delicate hands and good patience the frame started to take shape and soon we had the raw build done, for the forks also used llewellyn lugs and Columbus straight blades these matched the frame lugs to give the bike a complete look .
A lot of time went into the braze on fittings and brushing out the rear stays to a uniform finish.
Next it was of to star enamelers to get masked up and sprayed down , while Peter was working his magic with the paint Meg from candy cranks came up with the custom McLennan logos for the frame, when the art work was finalized the decals where cut but Greg softly and Peter applied them to the frame before the clear coat went on .
All in all this frame turned out beautifully and I was super happy with it when it was all done, did a fantastic job of building up the bike and was kind enough to let me display the bike at the ACBS.
Keir will be marketing these McLennan frame and fork sets to buy in a range of sizes and color options so check out the photos on McLennan cycles face book page.
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A private build for Bob

26" custom frame, bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, custom frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, refurbished bicycle, Welded, Wet Sprayed0 comments

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This project came to me from Bob at Stanmore cycles . The original request was to replace the seat tube on his custom XC hard tail , when I got the frame and saw the rust that had eaten thrue the seat tube and the fact that there was other rust holes on the seat stays I was loth to repair what was very lightly to be a rust bucket thrue the rest of the frame as well , after extensive discussions with Bob we decided to build a new frame . Bob wanted the geo to be exactly the same as his previous frame , I clocked it up in my old jig witch I like to use for this type of build as when it is all set up it stays clocked till the new tubes slid in and presto a dead copy is born , after clocking the old frame up I did find some pretty funky angles going on (75deg seat on a XC frame ? ) and a pretty high BB but even though I tried to convince Bob that a few Tweaks to the geo would make for a better handling bike more comfortable ride he was set on keeping to the original design so I did just that , the only changes where room for a slightly wider wheel and the addition of disc tabs and a brace bridge to support it . With the additional disc tab + bridge and a slightly thicker wall seat stay to handle the loads of disc brakes we where only 10 grams heaver than the original frame ,happy with that .
She is off getting the star enamblers beauty treatment at the moment and Bob should be riding her very soon .
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Lea’s light touring frame

bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, custom built bicycle frame, custom forks, custom frame, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, Welded, Wet Sprayed1 comment

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I received Lea’s order through Steve hog of cycle fit he had fit her out for a light wight touring set up so i was off doing the rounds mixing and matching tube sizes and wall thickness to achieve the best results the end tubes selection was Columbas zona set with 8-5-8 butting on the top and down tube Columbus cyclo cross S bend seat and chain stays . The build went together very well with the usual many fiddly hours fitting all the assorted braze on fitting that come on a touring frame . The color choice was spot on and this frame really looks amazing . Lea is of on her first tour with her new bike and I look forward hearing about the trip πŸ˜‰

Terry’s aero tubed single

bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom cyclocross frame, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, hustler frame and custom forks, primate frame, single speed, Welded, Wet Sprayed0 comments

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This is the second frame I have built for Terry ,
This time round we went for a lovely Columbas life tubed Phil woods eccentric BB single speed frame. In the past I have used 45% silver to fillet braze the aero tubes to minimize heat distortion on the tubes as you have very little play in the way of cold setting with the life tube sets but this time I chose to use mag bronze and a very careful tacking and welding sequence she came out perfect . Terry chose the color scheme for the frame and with all the rest of the components done in black this will be a very striking bike . Hope you Enjoy her Terry .
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The first ACBS

24" custom build, bicycle, build your own bike frame, columbus tubing, costom scooter, custom built bicycle frame, custom cyclocross frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, downhill bike, fixed gear, fixie, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, machinery, primate frame, single speed, tools, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop0 comments

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Well I just got back from the first Australian custom bike show , and what a weekend it was . There was an amazing selection of beautiful bikes and accessories on display from all the builders in oz but the best part had to be that all the builders where in one room ( to my understanding it the first time it’s happened over here ) this gave punters the opportunity to put a face to the people they had heard about or been following and to see up close the workmanship on display , and from a builders perspective it was fantastic to see what others are producing and through around ideas on what people use and why . All in all it was an amazing event and may thanks go to Andy from fyxomatosis for organizing the event , and I’m already working on ideas for next years show . Hope to see you there .
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For more photos of the show check out fyxomatosis.com and go to ACBS link or check out my primate frames face book page .

peter’s epic folding bike project

20" BMX, bicycle, build your own bike frame, columbus tubing, custom built bicycle frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, hustler frame and custom forks, lugged, machinery, primate frame, refurbished bicycle, single speed, track tips repair on bicycle frame, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop0 comments

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well this was a huge project .

Peter came to me with a couple of prototype frames that he had built him self (very nice work to) any way after talking to Peter and seeing his frames I took on the project of building him 2 frames one for him and one for his partner but i liked the concept so much i decided to make 2 more one for me and one for my partner. so now i had 4 frames to make

well after a lot of cad work i had all the fittings drawn up and then sent them of to get CNC cut buy John from cycleunderground, john did a fantastic job as always while he was cutting the fittings I had to design and fabricate custom jigs for each section of the frames 5 in total, This turned out to be a time consuming and fiddly job it took almost 3 months to complete them.

next process was to start to build each section again with 4 frames to do this was a long some times painful process but it was cool to start to see them come together .

whilst the building was going on I was working with Peter to organize the wheels , as the bikes use 12” wheels there are no options to build any sort of quality wheels with the rims that are available in the market so i organized to get some custom 24 hole rims made up for the builds ,but with the minimum order for custom rims being 200 units i have quite a few still under my house. next in the wheel saga was cutting custom spokes, peter used his cad skills to draw up the spoke lengths but what works on the screen does not always play out in the real world and lacing the wheels required several sets of spokes to be cut till i got the sizes right and let me tell you lacing and tightening 12″ wheels really sux . I was well happy to see them all finished .

As the design was not mine and every change that i had to make as i came up against them had to be checked with Peter to make sure it would not affect the operation of the folding , It was a big relief when i dry fitted the first frame together and it all folded as it was supposed to do.

I had Peter and his partners frames wet painted buy the master hand of Peter of star enamelers and as always they came up beautiful . for my frames I was trying out a local powder coated John at advanced abrasive blasting and powder coating with fantastic results he does amazing work and we are working on some very cool color options at the moment for the last frame that i will be displaying at the custom frame show in Melbourne in Dec.

one of the main faults with Peters original design was the handle bars the first time i rode his test frame the bars folded under my arms and i was only roiling around the car park so I spent a lot of time coming up with a simple yet very solid braking handle bar set up. the end result is very nice and i have no concerns about them letting go under me .

well the last thing is how do they ride, i have to say very well the design is very solid with very little flex threw the frame they fold down quickly and neatly and are comfy to cruz around on, the 12 ” wheels are not the best for holding speed and you dont want to find any deep pot holes but the frames will accommodateΒ  20″ wheels but you cant fold it with the 20″ wheels in the frame. but I really enjoy riding my little bike and im looking forward to hitting up Melbourne on it in Dec .

All in all this was a monster project that took a year to complete and to many hours to count and though i have a lot of ideas to improve the design further I wont be going back to building these monsters any time soon.

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Matt’s build your own frame

bicycle, brazed, build your own bike frame, columbus tubing, custom built bicycle frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, single speed, track tips repair on bicycle frame, Welded, workshop1 comment

well Matt is the first customer to go thrue my build your own frame course it was a learning experience for both student and teacher . the results speak for them selves and matt’s wide grin said it all after his maiden ride. Matt has already booked in to build his next frame a very nice light tubed road weapon next.Β  well done bro

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