Raptor Series Frames
This is a name I decided on a few years back for a “built to my standard” near custom or semi-custom 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. Branding may vary as I am not investing in a decals and any designation will be done with paint applied with a brush if done at all. The only real consistent i.d. will be in the serial number which appears on both the steer tube and underside of bb shell. This allows me to produce a high quality low cost frameset.
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. I will provide radius from center axle to crown or bridge info as well as distance between the stays for your reference for tire fit.
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. There is an option to select your own powder color single color only. This is because I may will hold one frame back from batch painting or I may not have enough frames ready for powder yet. So for an additional 100.00 I can send off a frame for a one off color finish.
Gravel frames sizes currently available will be listed here. There are two types of readiness. The first are the fully finished in the stock color stock color cloud blue, and second are frames sizes that are ready for paint and are in an unpainted state. Since I need to paint 6 frames at a time to keep cost down unpainted frames will be available for purchase with a color of your selection for the addition amount as follows. For a single color 150.00, 175.00 for a powder requiring a high gloss coat, and 200.00 for powder colors requiring two layered color coats and a high gloss final coating. You can view color selection at columbiacoatings.com certain powders whose cost per pound exceeds 18.00 per pound will add 20.00+ to base cost of any of the above prices.
Gravel SL with F and R cantilever mounts : ready for paint 52 cm x 3