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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 ūüėČ
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 ūüėČ 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 ūüėČ
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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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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 accommodate¬† 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.¬† well done bro

Primate Frame Sale

Primate Frame Sale

bicycle, brazed, carousel, columbus tubing, courier, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, fixed gear, fixie, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, primate frame, refurbished bicycle, single speed, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop0 comments

Here are some frames that I have for sale at very reduced prices , some of them are customers who fell through ,¬† others are stock that has been around to long .all are hand-built all have star enameler¬† paint jobs all are top quality. contact me if you need any more info on any of them. freight is $60 sent to all major city’s in OZ .

FRAME #1 $800

Primate fillet brazed double butted Columbus tubed /paul components tips / fixie with star enamelers paint job

Effective TT =586   /  ST =446  /  HT ang = 72.5 / ST ang = 72.5 / kg = 1.6 / 1 1/8  head tube / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #2  $500

Primate  cinelli lugged dedacciai tubed fixed free frame , has my custom tips, no cable guides but a rear brake bridge.

This one is very cheap as it has a small dent on the TT due to the bike being knocked over at another shop check the photos. frame is un ridden was built up then striped down again.

TT=53.5 / ST=53.5 / HT=73.5 deg / ST=73 deg / kg=1.8 / 1″ forks / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #3 $900

Candy Cranks Cenelli lugs Dedacciai tubes brake bridge  no cable guides fixed free frame and Dedacciai forks

TT=55 / ST=53.5 / HT=73.5 deg / ST=73.5 deg / Kg=2.6 with fork / fork rake 32mm / 1″ fork / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #4 $700

Candy Cranks proto type this was the first concept CC frame when we where testing out what wanted to do with them, has cenelli lugs and Dedacciai main tubes uses round tapered stays in the rear and old school campagnolo tips. this one has a very tight rack fork as i had intended to use this frame as a trick polo rig but never got round to building it up.

TT=55.5 / ST=52 / HT=73deg / ST= 73.5deg / Kg 2.7 with fork / fork rake 25mm / 27.2 seat post / 1″ forks

FRAME #5 $1000

This is a Bosevski road frame and fork John is no longer building his beautiful frames and this is truly a piece of history, not only is it a Bosevski but it is the personal frame set of the builder made with Cinelli SLX ribbed tubes and Cinelli lugs, internal cable guide on TT, Cinelli fork crown and blades. candy apple trans red paint. All I can say is its more than  beautiful it truly is a piece of art work.

TT=58 / ST=58 / HT=72.5deg / ST=73deg / Kg=2.6 with forks / fork rake =45mm / 1″ forks / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #6 $800

Hear is another Bosevski road frame this is one of Johns last frames ,this one is a fillet brazed main and rear with a lugged BB shell, Dedacciai tubes ,internal cable guide on TT .another beautifully crafted frame this one is un ridden and ready to be built up into something special.

TT=57.5 / ST=57 / HT=72deg / ST=73.5 deg / Kg=1.8 / 1″ forks / 27.2 seat tube

FORKS $220

I made this set of forks for a candy cranks ally cat prize but we didn’t end up using them. they have the rifled columbas steerer tube and Dedacciai fork blades and columbas crowns

(This set will fit the Bosevski pictured above)

crown to thread = 156mm / axle to crown = 359mm / rake = 35mm

Complete Bike $2500

Hear for sale Is Meg from Candy Cranks Fixie. this is a very tidy wip and Meg is only selling it as her new ride get all the an attention leaving this ride to gather dust

I don’t know what brand the frame is as it was already sand blasted when I picked it up but it is a very high-end light frame, I removed all the cable guides and gear hanger then had star enamelers do the paint.

forks are Campagnolo that we had sprayed to match the frame .

wheels are low profile Phil woods hubs in anodized red fixed free flip-flop rear black dt swiss double butted spokes tied & soldered, laced to white deep V rims with maxxis tires.

Phil woods BB / 105 shimano cranks, striped and painted white/ Thompson stem and seat post / shimano dura-ace front brake / msk quick release peddles  / soma tow cages and Toshi straps / pro bull horn bars.

this one will be $95 to send to any major city in OZ

TT=52 / ST=51

Terry’s SS silver brazed kick ass road frame

Terry’s SS silver brazed kick ass road frame

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this is Terry’s stainless tubed frame .

Terry came to me looking to get a titanium tubed road frame but as I explained to him , I have been playing around with TI for a little bit now just getting to know the medium and welding up small pieces to teach my self how to work the metal but I was not confident enough with the material to offer it out as a frame just yet. To this end I had been reading up on the new SS tube sets that where out there and I soon found out that the specks of the SS tubes where on par and in some cases better than titanium and they can be silver brazed so I would be able to work with the welding medium that i specialize in and if all the data sheets ran true have a very light and lively rust free frame at the end of the things.

After talking Terry threw his options and drawing up his frame in cad we came up with the final design which was a pretty easy task as he had been fitted up by Steve hog from Cycle fit and there was only a few mechanical changes to the design that need to be made.

I was a little apprehensive with this tube set as I knew from the specks that it was very very hard and SS is a tricky material to weld with it behave very differently when heated, and being on the very expensive side of the tubing price chart I was defiantly steeping lightly with this one.

the first problem¬† I encountered was mitering the tubes, I have some very high end silver brand machined cutters That I use for very light and aero shaped tubes they are dead true and very expensive, With SS you have to use a lot of coolant and a slower cutting speed to stop excessive heat build up that will destroy the cutter and work harden the tubes making then even harder to cut and work .With this in mind I spent a lot of time setting up my mill to get everything running correctly, the first cut gave me an idea of how hard this material¬† is .The stuff is unbelievable each cut was done with a prayer and held breathe but I got thru them all till I was on the last cut. I was all set up with a brand new cutter all going well till it broke the surface and there was a very loud bang¬† not the sound I wanted hear and I figured that was the end of that tube. after stopping the machine and dropping the table to inspect the damage I was very surprised to see the tube un harmed , I’m thinking score lucky break there But as I cleaned the cutter to my horror I see 3 teeth missing from my brand new $360 cutter. I was having a bit of trouble coming to terms with this, the tube I was cutting has a wall section of .7 of a mm the cutter has a wall section of 2.5mm and is hardened and ground! I knew the tubes where hard but this blew me away.

Though I was bummed about the broken teeth on the cutter one of the main reasons I chose these cutters is that they can be reground with new teeth so I thought sera sera ill just have to get it re cut but on closer inspection i found a hair-line crack running the full length of the cutter “F#%@’ $360 gone in under a min welcome to the wonderful world of¬† high temper tubes.

After switching to another cutter I very carefully finished cutting the tube .

With the tube set cut and dressed it was onto the next challenge the welding.

Thin walled high temper tubes are always¬† a challenge especially when they are silver brazed¬† . Controlling the heat between the different wall section tubes yet making sure that there is enough heat for a solid molecular bond between the material’s¬† whilst working up¬† the fillet and making sure not to burn of the silver flux has taken me a lot of years to master, through into this mix the very quick heat transfer of the SS tubes and I was kept on my toes gluing this¬† frame together.

Terry wanted a frame that was classic but not to old school l so I went for a good mix of fittings to this end giving the frame the small touches that really give a hand-built bike its individual character.

the last thing was a custom SS logo done it Terry’s initials but in the end I was concerned that the amount of heat that I would have to put into the frame to fit the badge was going to upset the welds and there was a real chance of it distorting the thin-walled tubes and putting the frame¬† out the alignment.

Well the frame is of at star enamelers weighting for its turn in the line up to get sprayed, Terry is still working out his color scheme but at last count it was looking like a hot red with wight  panel , what ever way the color ends up this will be a very hot looking bike.

I’ll put up some shots of the frame and bike when it’s all done .

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There’s Pink and then there’s PINK

There’s Pink and then there’s PINK

bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, costom scooter, custom forks, custom tips, lugged, machinery, primate frame, tig bike frame set up, tools, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop6 comments

My new toy is all complete.

Well when you ask peter from stat enamelers to do some thing in hot pink that is certainly what you get .

I spent all night putting this evil little beautiful together and gave it its first run today, very sweet I can see my self having a good time with this toy.

The deck is a slab of 3mm carbon fiber sheet . The brake is a section of high tensile stainless steel tube cut and shaped to fit works a treat. titanium handle bar. oury lock on grips . Brooklyn machine works bar end caps. syncros  threaded head set. Luksa 100mm 85a wheels. ceramic bones red bearings. hand cut carbon head tube badge.

I will be taking her down to the skate park to see what all the young monkeys are on about and to try not to deck my self to hard.

play hard and stay up right

Tarn..

Ben’s W.T.F !!

Ben’s W.T.F !!

20" BMX, bicycle, brazed, courier, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom tips, fixed gear, fixie, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, primate frame, single speed, Welded, workshop0 comments

Here is Ben’s new play thing in the raw. (and you thought your fixie was original ūüėČ

I called this post Ben’s¬† what. The . F#@* !! because im pretty sure this is going to be the first thing people say when they see this bike riding by followed but Why.The. F#@* !! then buy can I have a go,. and if your lucky enough to get a ride the first two questions will be answered pretty quickly.

This is the second frame I have built for Ben. The first was a single speed 700cc custom special here is a link to some shots of it

http://primateframes.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/bens-singlefixedeverything-bike/

Well Ben Is a very interesting customer he always has something new attached to his bike  or has changed the set up to suit his latest riding style. I like the way Ben thinks about bikes and his style with them, and when it comes to building for him he keeps on my toes.

He Will rock up with some crazy set up bike or a bunch of  sketched drawings of the ideas he wants to put into a bike, I have to then work out what will work and what will get thrown on the cutting room floor.

So when Ben rocked up on his 12″ folding bike with a hand full of drawings and told me he wanted me to build him one I had to get the gray matter working to work out how I was going to make 12″ rear 20″ front wheeled bike fit a 6′.2″ rider and make it ride smoothly and handle properly !

the first hurdle we had was to find a decent rear wheel no small feat let me tell you. Ben spent a lot of  time searching the web to find any thing remotely decent with not much luck. In the end we went with a 16 hole steel pram wheel I then had to get a 32 hole 120mm Miche track hub and lace it every other spoke hole. It was a fairly tricky build but it came out well in the end .

With the wheel¬† sorted it was time to work out the rest of the build around it, after much to and fro we settled on a 20″ front wheel and the 12″ rear. Ben had been fitted up by Steve Hog from cycle fit the first time I built a frame for him so I used the measurements and adjusted everything to fit the new wheel size. after a few tweaks I¬† had a design I was happy with , then it was time to start to build¬† her , she came together very well and quickly. I had a good excuse to use my new tube bender for the stay bridges¬† on this bike and im very happy with how they came out .

for the forks I had a set of MTB lugged crowns that I thought would be very good for this build after talking with Ben we went with them and the forks you see in the photos were born.

After I had every thing built we decided to  build the bike up for a test run prior to getting her painted. Firstly as we are planing to build a rack on the front forks and I really wanted to see how she would ride , this being such an out there build though I knew the frame would fit Ben I really had no idea how it would ride or handle with such a small rear wheel.

well after prepping and building up the bike it was time to give it its maiden ride. A little bit apprehensively I threw a leg over her and off i went. A quick run around the car park and i had a big smile on my face she felt really nice to ride. With very neutral¬† handling being¬† quick and nimble but very stable you really didn’t feel as if you are¬† on a tiny wheel bike at all.

so now we are working out the carry system for the bike, im designing a front platform rack running of the front forks and then i will be making a trailer for the back.

Ben has kitted the bike out with a nice  build kit,   schlumpf high-speed drive crank set/ Chris king head set/ Thompson post / brooks saddle/ he has not decided on the front wheel build yet but im sure it will be top shelf.

Well all in all I am very happy with this build. It is always nice to have some thing turn out better than you where expecting it to be, and with a very funky color scheme planed for the frame and some cool head badge bling this is going to be a seriously custom build. Keep an eye out for the finished shots.

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