Mountain Bike Frame

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Mountain Bike Frame

This is the piece that holds all the components together. And there is no other piece on a bike that makes the biggest difference in ride performance, capabilities, and style. Below is a diagram of a typical frame setup:

 

Bike frames are a topic we could dedicate pages and pages of discussion, so we’ll be brief here.

There are certain things in frame design that make one frame better for downhill and another for cross country, as an example. Here are major design considerations:

  1. Frame Geometry: usually lenght of tubes and the angles of attachment determine the frame geometry.
  2. Rear Suspension: Many mountain bikes today incorporate a rear suspension system. And there are alot of different types of designs that incorporate suspension travel, shock mounts, and points of rotation.
  3. Frame Material: There are alot of different metals and fibers used in the design of a mountain bike frame. Light weight and strength are major considerations depending on the style of riding it is designed for. Some of the most common frame materials are, ordered from cheapest to most expensive:
    1. Steel and steel varieties such as the ever popular cromoly steel
    2. Aluminum and aluminum alloys
    3. Carbon Fiber
    4. Titanium
  4. Frame Size: one size does not fit all size of riders. Builders will usually come up with a frame design, and then shorten or lengthen things for different rider heights. Some of the common measurements and terms used in frame sizing to a rider are:
    1. Standover height
    2. Wheelbase

A frame is the single piece of gear on a mountain bike that can transform the performance of that bike. There are a ton of choices and there are a lot of craftsman here in America devoting themselves to the craft of making super high performance bike frames at prices comparable to much lower mass produced frames from overseas makers.


Mountain Bike Frame Builders Made In America

If you look, you’d be surprised how many custom fabricators we have right here in America.

They’re designing, employing, building, AND manufacturing high-end mountain bike components. These guys are dedicated. And as an employer, it’s no easy task to make the decision to not only design, but also manufacturer the parts right here on US soil.

The labor costs are the biggest challenge for them. But for the love of their craft and their country, they choose to do it.

Please, if you’re looking for some fantastic, top grade, mountain bike parts. Go thru our list, find a made in America parts maker, and see if they can provide you what you need.

You’ll get a top end product from some of the most talented craftsman anywhere.

**If you know of an American mountain bike parts maker that I don’t have listed in this section, please leave a comment below, and I’ll get them added to the list.**


COMPANYTITANIUMALUMINUMSTEELOTHERSTATEMADE IN AMERICA
ACTION TECYESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
AHRENS BICYCLESYESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
BICYCLE FABRICATIONSYESCALIFORNIAYES!
BLACK CAT BIKESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
BLACK MARKET BIKESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
CALETTI BICYCLESYESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
CALFEE DESIGNBAMBOOCALIFORNIAYES!
CASTELLANO DESIGNSYESCALIFORNIAYES!
COLUMBINE CYCLE WORKSYESCALIFORNIAYES!
DIRTYSIXERYESYESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
ELLSWORTH BIKESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
FALCONER CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
FOES RACINGYESCALIFORNIAYES!
HUNTER CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
INGLIS CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
INTENSE CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
MOUNTAIN CYCLEYESCALIFORNIAYES!
MUSE CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
NTP BIKESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
ONE GHOST INDUSTRIESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
RETROTECYESCALIFORNIAYES!
REX CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
RITTE CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
ROCK LOBSTER CYCLESYESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
SHAWVER CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
SIREN BICYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
SOULCRAFT CYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
STEVE POTTS BICYCLESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
STINNER FRAMEWORKSYESCALIFORNIAYES!
SYCIP DESIGNSYESYESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
TURNER BIKESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
VENTANA MOUNTAIN BIKESYESCALIFORNIAYES!
3D RACINGYESYESCOLORADOYES!
ALCHEMY BICYCLE COYESCOLORADOYES!
AMPIERCE CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
BLACK SHEEP BIKESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
BOO BICYCLESBAMBOOCOLORADOYES!
DEAN TITANIUM BIKESYESCOLORADOYES!
DON MCCLUNGYESCOLORADOYES!
DURANGO BIKE COMPANYYESYESCOLORADOYES!
FUNK CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
GALLUS HANDMADE BICYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
GENERIC CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
GUERRILLA GRAVITYYESCOLORADOYES!
KENT ERIKSEN CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
LENZ SPORTYESCOLORADOYES!
MATTER CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
MOOTSYESCOLORADOYES!
MOSAIC CYCLESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
ODDITY CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
PAKETA CYCLESMAGNESIUMCOLORADOYES!
PRIMUS MOOTRYYESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
REEB CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
SAMSARA CYCLESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
THIN AIR FRAMEWORKSYESCOLORADOYES!
TWENTY2 CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
VICTORIA CYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
WALTWORKS CUSTOM BICYCLESYESCOLORADOYES!
WILLITS BIKESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
WILY CYCLESYESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
ZINN CYCLESYESYESYESCOLORADOYES!
44 BikesYESNEW HAMPSHIREYES!
GRAHAM CYCLESYESNEW HAMPSHIREYES!
INDEPENDENT FABRICATIONYESYESNEW HAMPSHIREYES!
TED WOJCIK CUSTOM BICYCLESYESNEW HAMPSHIREYES!
616 Bicycle FabricationYesMichiganYES!
Bob Keller FrameworksYesMichiganYES!
Q Ball BikesYESMichiganYES!
Quiring CyclesYesYesYesMichiganYES!


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Rosko

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Frank The Welder

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Strong Frames Interview

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Frank The Welder Interview

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Kish Fabrication Interview

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