We design all of our products on a mixture of 2D drafting software for the initial geometries and ergonomes and then if there is a requirement we move that to 3D solid modeling software (Solidworks)
The benefit of moving the design to Solid modeling software is that it then gives us a host of tools with which to fine tune the design prior to ordering the tubing.
Firstly clearances of components can be checked, so as to avoid tight tolerances between chain-rings and chain-stays, tyres etc.
Secondly we are able to run Finite Element Analysis on any areas that we suspect may have weaknesses. This also allows us to fine tune the tubing thickness’s to get the desired weight/strength ratio.
Finally it gives us the opportunity to really make your frame unique by allowing us to 3D print any special braze ons such as seat stay bridges with you name on or create bespoke dropouts to suit your component selection and riding style. We are no longer reliant on pre-existing mass produced frame components.
We don’t believe that one standard tube-set meets everyone’s needs. In fact it is rare that we use tubes all from one manufacturer within our designs.
Typically we blend Reynolds, Columbus and Dedacciai tubing dependent on design, geometry, rider weight and style, to give the optimum mix of stiffness for power transfer, compliance for comfort and rigidity for precise steering.
Carbon has started creeping into our designs over the last few years and although we don’t currently offer a full custom carbon frame (watch this space) we do offer carbon seat tubes, seat masts and rear triangles.