Raptor Series Frames
This is a name I decided on a few years back for a “built to my standard” near custom production frameset at an affordable price. Finally committing to this is something I have wrestled with since I have always been a one customer one frame builder just like my predecessors before me. The concept of volume building or just offering one, two or three models of frame was simply alien to me. This started to become a realization that I had to pursue due to the amount of inventory I now have since Terry Osell sold me his inventory after his retirement from the craft. I will be building a few styles of frames one of the first a gravel frame with a road style following. The concept is to produce a high quality frameset that carries all the traits one of my custom frames with minimal changes of how I would normally produce a frame but cutting my labor time, using existing stock of tubing, lugs, braze-ons and drop outs, and lastly limiting the warranty. By changing to plug and socket type dropouts using only straight rake fork blades, building preset sized runs of frames.
These frames meet what I deem my minimum standard of a quality frame set, the same as one of my custom hand crafted frames. Besides holding high tolerance on angles and centerline alignment the frames are built to not have any or minute amount of residual stress commonly found in the vast majority of custom and non-custom frame sets.
These frames are not built by request and are only available as they are built and available for purchase. No deposits, no reservations strictly based on in stock availability. Tire fit will be up to a 38c. but this may vary by tire manufacturer as tire sizes do vary from different companies.
I am planning on a mixture of models dictated by brake type and tubing selection. All of the frames will be 100% built in the U.S.A of Italian made Columbus cyclex, Reynolds, True temper, Ishiwata or Tange tubing, and finally based on my inventory a fill in tube made in Taiwan or straight gauge aircraft cro-moly. Due to my standing inventory this will only consist of one tube due to my standing inventory of tubing.
Gravel frames will be coming soon Pricing will start at 1200.00 for Cantilever SL frames and 1300.00 for Disc brake model, The S model will run a disc in rear and a cantilever in front to allow a performance SL fork to be used.
Production will start on these in Early to mid February. Available frames will be listed below once ready to purchase.