Building a new bike from British made components, how far could you go?

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  • Frame and saddle no problem, hubs and BB from Royce but then what?

    With all the UK light engineering design and manufacturing talent are there any rogue Cosworth engineers knocking out headsets after hours? Aluminium window frame extruders pushing rims on the side?

  • Hope headsets 'under license from Cane Creek'. The search continues....

  • every headset manufacturer has to license the design from cane creek (not for threaded ones) hope make their stuff in the u.k.

  • yeah, it's only the patent.

    hope is proper CNC'ed in the North of England.

  • seatpost - USE.....

  • hope - Mtb bars and stem...

  • (list of local frame builders here)
    Middleburn (cranks, chainrings, hubs, chainring bolts, headset spacers)
    Royce (hubs, chainring bolts, bb)
    Hope (brakes, hubs, stems, headsets, skewers, )
    Use (bottle cages, posts, bars, stems, shims, saddles, skewers, sus forks)
    Goldtec (hubs, chainrings)
    Brooks (saddles, bartape, bags)

    Pedals?
    Chain?
    Spokes?
    Rim?
    Tyres?
    Brakes (rim)?

  • Aaaaah! Back in t'day this would have been easy, I bet...

  • tires are almost impossible to get american or european. everything else is metal and can be taken from these places, i don't think there are any rubber trees in america or europe.

  • I was going to write a short list but hippy said everything! ;)

    BUT... he missed X-lite (rise bars/seatposts/this and that)

    Royce also used to make chainrings back in the days but they are very hard to find!

  • Second base.

  • Roberto I was going to write a short list but hippy said everything! ;)
    BUT... he missed X-lite (rise bars/seatposts/this and that)
    Royce also used to make chainrings back in the days but they are very hard to find!

    You ain't an ebay POWER SELLER for nothing! :)

    Their seatposts are puurty.. http://www.x-lite.com/newsroom.html

  • And then you can top it off with an Archies Grobag for the complete (naked) rider!

  • cough
    what about a custom cap?
    nudge nudge
    wink wink

    made with the finest cumbrian tweed

  • Sorry Smeear man.. I is forgot!

    Dobby will iron his hands now..

  • Anything from HOPE

  • hippy [quote]Roberto I was going to write a short list but hippy said everything! ;)
    BUT... he missed X-lite (rise bars/seatposts/this and that)
    Royce also used to make chainrings back in the days but they are very hard to find!

    You ain't an ebay POWER SELLER for nothing! :)

    Their seatposts are puurty.. http://www.x-lite.com/newsroom.html[/quo­te]
    got a x-lite post/risers on my dave yates, yeh! :D

  • Sturmey-Archer (hubs, hub-brakes, internal hub-gears)

    So technically, except for rims, tyres, spokes, and pedals, the rest of a bike build could be British? AND I think its possible to get a single gear version of a Sturmey hub, though it may be a mod, as opposed to being factory made.

  • Isn't Sturmey-Archer stuff made in Taiwan these days ?

  • Goldtec make cogs too.
    You could probably source an engineering chain?

  • my od holdsworth was virtually entirely british, except tyres ;)

  • yeah, but built by a bloody aussie :p

  • greek ;)

  • geek ;)

    yes, aussie geek ;)

  • Actually, this sounds like a good challenge. I've got an ss off-the-pegger, but for my first build (when I can afford it), I might just try to use as many british made (or owned by a british-based company) parts as possible. It might ended up as a geared bike, or maybe ss, depending on how I feel at the time.

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