Hello there, I’ve recently been sitting down and talking to Mr. Aran Cook @ Iolobikes, about making a custom trials frame. His company Iolobikes, already makes bespoke, totally customised biketrials frames and the results are extremely successful, strong, and longlasting.
So, I decided it was time for a new frame… So what was there to get?:
KH 2005? nah, seen 2 break at the hands of a friend. Plus I’d like to be different.
Koxx XTP? Koxx-One is going in the bad direction of Koxx bikes, too expensive and really a scam for such a small thing. Plus it’s aluminium= early death compared to tough steel frames.
Nimbus/Devil/Dan Heaton Koxx/Orange Bud?: yeah had 2 of them already, all the same stuff basically…
Any other frames, I don’t really acknowledge as real buying options. So, I decided, instead of all those, why not have a customised trials frame that’s both strong and unique?
It’ll be made of T45 Steel tubing which is Fillet brazed together (no welding). Choice of end powdercoating colour can be chosen, and Mr. Cook can add gussets or any other extras to stiffen the frame or reinforce it. What’s further more reassuring is, that if I crack it (ever?) then Aran Cook can repair it and add further reinforcement or modify it to eliminate weakness.
Where I need your help is that, I’ll needing an already successful trials frame like the KH 2005 or KH 2004 to use as a base to help Aran get a good idea of how to get things sorted. It’s going to be a tough T45 steel frame and will have the bearing holders of a KH frame, as I find the normal generic bearing holders of Nimbuses and Devils to be extremely tiresome to take apart and put together (as I learned from travelling abroad so much). I need you guys to tell me what you’d like to see in a custom trials frame and what frame I should send Aran to base it off. The frames I can send are: KH 2004, KH 2005, or a Devil.
The end resulting frame may look quite similar to its base frame, but it will be totally different in construction and strength, which is what matters.
anyway, check out www.iolobikes.com and see the ‘Construction and geometry’ page to see how the T45 steel and Fillet brazing come into effect.
Thanks for reading.