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Old 30th May 2008   #1
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British frame manufacturers - [FG, Track, SS]

I thought I'd drag this from an answer I gave in another thread. Basically, I was making a list of British frame builders, and realised that they're not just world class, but some are just downright exoticabiciclettasexia.

NOTE: I have been biased in enboldening the manufacturers that make traditional, fancy-lugged frames.

You can almost hear the BBC Proms.....

ARGOS
http://www.argoscycles.com/www/frames.htm
ARTHUR CAYGILL
http://www.arthurcaygillcycles.co.uk/
BATES (c/o Martin Coopland)
PO Box 19585, Stirlingshire, FK5 3YD, 01324 559-571
REClassicBikes@aol.com [Email, no website]
BOB JACKSON
http://www.bobjacksoncycles.co.uk/default.php
BONAVIA Cycles
http://bonaviacycles.wordpress.com/
BRIAN ROURKE
http://www.brianrourke.co.uk/index.p...15c212775028ea
BURLS
http://www.burls.co.uk/bicycles.htm
CONDOR
http://www.condorcycles.com/ourbicycles.html (more an "assembler" than manufacturer)
CORRADO
http://www.applegate.co.uk/company/14/16/666.htm (referenced by Provenrad)
DEMON FRAMEWORKS
http://demonframeworks.com/
DONHOU BICYCLES
http://www.donhoubicycles.com/
DOLAN
http://www.bikes-dolan.uk.com/
ELLIS-BRIGGS
http://customframebuilding.ellisbrig...o.uk/fixed.php (full custom service offered)
ENIGMA BIKES
http://www.enigmabikes.com/
FEATHER Cycles
http://feathercycles.blogspot.com/
HETCHINS
http://www.hetchins.com/
(KEVIN) WINTER FRAMES
[email] kevin@winterframes.orange.co.uk, [Tel] 01740-652-281, County Durham.
LONGSTAFF
http://www.longstaffcycles.com/index...id=3&chapter=2
MERCIAN
http://www.merciancycles.com/
NEIL ORREL
http://www.tipped.co.uk/listings/647...-orrell-cycles
OAK CYCLES
http://www.oakcycles.com/about/
PAUL QUIROS (just that bit special)
http://www.paulusquiros.net/bikes
ROBERTS
http://www.robertscycles.com/
ROBIN MATHER
http://www.robinmathercycles.co.uk/
RON COOPER
http://www.veloworks.com/roncooper/
ROTRAX
http://rotraxcycles.wordpress.com/
SHAND CYCLES
http://www.shandcycles.com/about/
SLACK CYCLING
http://www.slackcycling.com/
STEVE GOFF
http://www.steve-goff-frames.co.uk
T.J.Cycles (Trevor Jarvis - living legend)
http://www.tjcycles.co.uk/frames.htm
VELO-SCHILS
http://www.veloschils.com/html/frames_track.html
VERNON BARKER
http://www.vernonbarkercycles.co.uk/framebuilding.htm
villiers Though a good frame-maker, he has fobbed off one forumenger that I know of, therefore I'd recommend other, more helpful, frame-makers.
http://villiers-velo.co.uk/Villiers-Velo/main.htm
J.F.WILSON
http://www.wilsoncycles.co.uk/
WOODRUP
http://www.woodrupcycles.com/frames.html

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Extra frame maker details - provided by owee:

Arthur Caygill:
Frames in Reynolds 753, 853, Columbus, Extralight and Japanese 017 tubesets.
753 standard frame - cast lugs, seat cluster, fork crown, steel fork 699.00. Single colour.
Lug lining is extra. Curly lugs possible but expensive.
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Ron Cooper: 6-8 week lead in.
Colour Tech, Maiden Lane Dartford DA1 4LX.
Standard frame 550
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Engima:
Lugged 631 799.00
Lugged 853 899.00
Stainless head lugs 631 899.00
Stainless head lugs 853 999.00
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Steve Goff: 6 week lead in.
445 standard frame with curly stays and some fancy extras.
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Bob Jackson: 6 month lead time.
Basic frame 400.
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Mercian: Lead in 3-4 months (rush), 5-6 months (norm)
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Neill Orrell Cycles:
395 Hollingwood Ave, New Moston, M10 OJQ. 0161-6811-517
Triple triangle 631 track frame 495.
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Rotrax (Tim Maund): 6 month lead in.
430-480 for the simplest frame,
575 for a touring bike frame
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TJ Cycles: Lead in approx 6 months.
Basic 531 (525) type track frame, approx 500.
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Paul Villiers: 3-4 month lead in. [This frame-maker needs to learn the importance of good customer service]
All with some lugwork, and detailing.
531c type track frame 550,
651 type track frame 675,
853 type track frame 750.
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Separate list of British frame manufacturers [brought to light by deadly_fanny_pack]
(many sans websites, and not all do track frames)
http://www.framebuilding.com/custom_...mebuilders.htm

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PASHLEY Cycles moved to OTPs, as they really sell fully built bikes.
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Last edited by GA2G; 3rd October 2011 at 17:18. Reason: Donhou added
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Old 30th May 2008   #2
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To me, some of these are as sexy as hell.

Last edited by GA2G; 6th December 2008 at 17:43.
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Old 30th May 2008   #3
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mercians make me damp. im thinking of getting a bespoke build from them or bob when i gots some dorrah.
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Old 30th May 2008   #4
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Frank, I fear you also are giving in to the dark side of The Force.

Last edited by GA2G; 30th May 2008 at 18:00. Reason: pc
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Old 30th May 2008   #5
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http://www.daveyatescycles.co.uk/
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Old 30th May 2008   #6
eke
What about Roberts? I've seen some freaking nice builds from these guys, and always a super high quality finish to them.

http://www.robertscycles.com/
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Old 30th May 2008   #7
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add allins to that list before claud butlet were claud butler they were allins
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Old 30th May 2008   #8
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Sorry dogsballs, of course DaveYates is a legend in UK bike builders;

And eke, how could I forgot the Croydon massive (Roberts)? Years ago all I wanted was the DogsBolx mtb frame.
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Old 30th May 2008   #9
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robin mathers stuff is lovely, not taking orders for 2 years due to backlog tho.
http://www.robinmathercycles.co.uk/
and my dad put me on to Ron Cooper whos got some lovely traditional styles and lugwork
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Old 30th May 2008   #10
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Arthur caygill still make some nice frames if you ignore the carbon:
Retro lo-Pro is 399 http://www.arthurcaygillcycles.biz/A...nt-Low-pro.jpg

Brian Rourke will make frames to order. My SLX road conversion rides beautifully. review on Cycling Weekly
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Old 30th May 2008   #11
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I'd always rather have a bit of British between my legs

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Old 30th May 2008   #12
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robin mathers stuff is lovely, not taking orders for 2 years due to backlog tho.
http://www.robinmathercycles.co.uk/
and my dad put me on to Ron Cooper whos got some lovely traditional styles and lugwork
Balls. Was just working up to ordering a Robin Mather some time later this year. Will have to start the planning process again.
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Old 30th May 2008   #14
willski
Do Condor count? I thought their frames were made by Dedaccia in Italy?
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Old 27th July 2008   #15
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The Bates Cantiflex is still being made. The frames are subcontracted to Ron Cooper, and finally supplied by Classic Bikes. I don't even think Mercian or Bob Jackson have matched these gorgeous lugs. Added to list above.
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Old 27th July 2008   #16
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can i throw dave hinde in. i think he's still making frame's in house as well as stock frames.
http://davehinde.veriovps.co.uk/Merc...&Store_Code=DH
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Old 27th July 2008   #17
pj (pj)
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Do Condor count? I thought their frames were made by Dedaccia in Italy?
dedacciai is the tubing, like reynolds.
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Old 27th July 2008   #18
hippy
 
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True.. but don't they say their frames are made in Italy anyway?
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Old 27th July 2008   #19
nimhbusdonor
 
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dey do do don't dey dough
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Old 27th July 2008   #20
hippy
 
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What about these guys..



http://www.wilsoncycles.co.uk/
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Old 27th July 2008   #21
nimhbusdonor
 
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nah... too northern, too dour , too much tippex on the lugs
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Old 27th July 2008   #22
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That's not Tippex - it's pigeon shit. Homing pigeons, mind.
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Old 27th July 2008   #23
nimhbusdonor
 
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Homing pigeon shit, from t'pigeons fed only on black pudding, lardy cakes and iron ore
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Old 27th July 2008   #24
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The black 'paint' is actually ferret poo.
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Old 27th July 2008   #25
nimhbusdonor
 
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don't be silly -it is actually paint, made by mixing coal from 'pit with stout and whippet spunk
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Old 27th July 2008   #26
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Whippet spunk lacks viscosity, yer daft apeth.
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Old 27th July 2008   #27
hippy
 
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It's a little lost badger.
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Old 27th July 2008   #28
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To me, some of these are as sexy as fukree.

Especially the BURLS Titanium, with its sexy curvy seat stays, and the DOLANs.
Burls Ti isn't made in the UK.

http://www.burls.co.uk/titanium.htm

The rest of his frames are though.
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Old 28th July 2008   #29
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a big fucking list of british framebuilders

Last edited by DFP; 29th July 2008 at 19:26.
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Old 28th July 2008   #30
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Surely Witcomb have to be added?
They're still making great frames though prices recently went slightly up :-/
Quality builds with a rich history which includes Richard Sachs.
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Old 28th July 2008   #31
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Surely Witcomb have to be added?
They're still making great frames though prices recently went slightly up :-/
Quality builds with a rich history which includes Richard Sachs.
I like Witcombs, & think the shop looks quite smart now, but I think the majority of their business is putting track ends on road frames for trade business at the moment.

Interesting to hear them featured on Robert Elms the other week. No prizes for guessing who featured heavily.

Last edited by jefefelipe; 28th July 2008 at 21:08. Reason: drunk
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Old 6th August 2008   #33
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Not any frames or bikes advertised as being solely track, fixed or single-speed. Of course they can make them, but for the purposes of trackie, fixie, or singie (???) buyers, it helps if they advertise directly to these buyers. Or it looks like we are a second thought to them, whereas shops in-the-know are even creating whole sections for us. Up to them.
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Old 9th September 2008   #34
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"Actually, its custom made. Fool."

http://www.net-it.co.uk/corrado/
Corrado have Dave Lloyd and others from Cougar working for them.
nice.
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Old 20th October 2008   #35
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does anyone else find the condor classico a great looking bike?

or am i just stating the obvious?

http://www.condorcycles.com/classico.html
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Old 21st October 2008   #36
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Prettier than the Condor Paris Galiber?

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Old 21st October 2008   #37
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I thought I'd drag this from an answer I gave in another thread. Basically, I was making a list of British frame builders, and realised that they're not just world class, but some are just downright exoticabiciclettasexia.

You can almost hear the BBC Proms.....
racist
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Old 21st October 2008   #38
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Too right, pale face!
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Old 21st October 2008   #39
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http://www.net-it.co.uk/corrado/
Corrado have Dave Lloyd and others from Cougar working for them.
nice.
I been trying to contact this people without any luck, does anyone have more info?
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Old 22nd October 2008   #40
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Unbelievably, I've only just added Mercian, Hetchins, Wilson, and Rotrax.

Omitting Mercian and Hetchins is pretty bad. Apologies.
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Old 28th October 2008   #41
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Vernon's a good chap and worth a call.....up in Dronfield between Chesterfield and Sheffield.

http://www.vernonbarkercycles.co.uk/index.htm
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Old 13th November 2008   #42
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Two more that definitely need including are George Longstaff Cycles - http://www.longstaffcycles.com/ and Dave Yates - http://www.daveyatescycles.co.uk/ who still build steel frames.

They are the two builders I would go to if I wanted a steel frame built...

Hilary Stone, Bristol
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Old 13th November 2008   #43
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Welcome to the forum Hilary.
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Old 13th November 2008   #44
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A warm welcome indeed Hilary.

Mr. Hilary Stone, (former) editor of Cycling Plus magazine & vintage expert.....

http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk...baines-hs.html

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Old 13th November 2008   #45
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Steve Goff?

http://www.steve-goff-frames.co.uk/
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Old 13th November 2008   #46
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Already in the list - just after Arthur Caygill.
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Old 17th November 2008   #47
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here,s another one.http://villiers-velo.co.uk/Villiers-Velo/main.htm
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Old 18th November 2008   #48
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Already in the list; just under classiclightweights.rotrax - been there for months
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Old 5th December 2008   #49
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Not any frames or bikes advertised as being solely track, fixed or single-speed. Of course they can make them, but for the purposes of trackie, fixie, or singie (???) buyers, it helps if they advertise directly to these buyers. Or it looks like we are a second thought to them, whereas shops in-the-know are even creating whole sections for us. Up to them.
Not so anymore, we do listen lol.

http://customframebuilding.ellisbrig...o.uk/fixed.php

Paul
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Old 5th December 2008   #50
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I've got a made to measure road frame built for me by Ellis Briggs. Nice frame, still going strong after about 25 years.
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