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/commuter frame with a road style following. These frames are fully low temperature silver brazed with all the drop outs and braze on done the same just like I would to one of my signature frames.
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. I do this by limited the amount lug modifications extra after braze shoreline cleaning of excess silver, so do not expect clean crisp shoreline etc… If you want that visit my custom frames page for pricing. I use existing stock of tubing, lugs, braze-ons and drop outs. I only buy new castings when I run out of useable stock. Lastly limiting the warranty. Raptor frames carry a 3 year warranty against manufacturing defects and refinishing is only covered if failure occurs in the first year. 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 the steer tube. 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 odd tube due to my standing inventory of tubing.
Gravel/commuter frames will be coming soon Pricing will start at 1325.00 for Cantilever equipped frames. Additional features are ISO disc mounts (this will not have a rear rack option) are an additional 1475.00. Disc frames that can take a rack requires a flat mount brake in rear. These frames cost 1600.00. The above prices are only for in stock or what I deem a stock color.
I have decided against having ready for sale pre painted frames. If you choose to buy one email me I can tell you what colors I have in stock and additional cost if powder is one of the more expensive or requires additional coatings. Otherwise you can visit Columbiacoatings.com and select a custom color and pay a bit extra. Frames are only sent out for paint or I order in a color for a sold frame if the frames is paid in full ahead of time.
Gravel/Commuter frames sizes currently available will be listed here.
Gravel/ Commuter frames unpainted 52 cm x 3, 58 cm x 5
I am now holding off on powder coating since I will be putting on the braking system and rack mounts as the frames are sold. There will be a 2 to 4 week delay in shipping to allow time for final braze-ons and powder coating.