Podcast: What Does it Take to Build a Bike Frame From Scratch?


Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a mountain bike frame from scratch?For episode number 058 of The HKT Podcast we are joined by Si & Matt Bowns of 18Bikes. 18Bikes are an independent bike shop based out of Hope Valley in the glorious Peak District, Sheffield. Since taking over the shop in 2006 and after a couple of years building the business they began manufacturing their own frames, one at a time in a small but perfectly formed workshop around 15 miles from the shops location. Recently they have turned their attention to building a range of steel hardtail mountain bike frames with a different approach to sizing and geometry. Enjoy!
From left to right; bottom bracket shells, horizontal dropout inserts, modular dropouts, ISCG mounts and rear brake mounts ready to be installed. Head tube badges are also made locally and were designed by Tado.
Each frame is individually hand welded in Sheffield and, a finished frame ready to go to the paint shop.

The finished product.

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