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. I will be building a few styles of frames one of the first a gravel/commuter frame with a road style following. These frames are lugged low temperature silver brazed with all the drop outs and braze-ons done in silver too. The frames are built in the same method I use for my signature custom frames, without the attention to detail and flawless cosmetic finished joints found on my signature custom frames. The idea is to keep the labor to a minimum. Which is why there is no logo or graphics on the frames. I am building them with straight fork blades and using plug and socket drop-outs. Those are labor saving ways to build a frame. The warranty is also just 1 year. This allows me to keep the price low and affordable. If you want to get the warranty I normally give on my custom builds that adds 650.00 to the price.
Raptors are not made 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 Columbus Cyclex tubing, or aircraft cro-moly US or German made tubes only.
Gravel/commuter frames is 1350.00. Custom colors are variable based on color selected. You can visit columbiacoatings.com to choose a color. Custom colors add 4 weeks to delivery and must be paid in full before color is ordered.
The following are my next run of frame sizes planned
Gravel/tour/commuter frame sizes 52, 54, 56, 58
Road series frames 50, 52, 54, 56, 58
Head angle 72
Rake/offset 5.5 cm
Seat angle 73
Chain stay 44 cm
BB drop w 35 cm radius tire 5.5