After running this site for nearly a month it has become clear from the volume of email I’m receiving that people have a lot of questions about these bike frames, and would like a place dedicated to discussing them.
With this in mind, I’ve setup a forum. Based on the correspondence I’ve had, I’ve setup the following sub forums:
Show us your bike!
If you are fast and lucky, you might still be able to be the first poster!
If you are looking for a good looking carbon fiber chainset to go with your new carbon fiber bike frame, then this might interest you. Chain Reaction Cycles currently has the FSA SLK Carbon Chainset MegaExo on sale for $134, which is better than I’ve seen on EBay, and cheaper than many alloy cranksets.
FSA SLK Carbon Chainset MegaExo
A reader sent me frame geometry for the FM-012 time trial frame. I’m not sure how TT frames are measured, but the seat tube is 49cm on this size.
FM012 time trial bike geometry
Forum user mcrdave posted a great teaser pic of his new FM015. I messaged him for some details and he was kind enough to share some details:
Yeah I’m a graphic designer so I knew kind of what I wanted. Bespoke, subtle but meaningful graphics. First came the name Nostrum – a secret ingredient, a favourite remedy, a cure for all ills. Sums up why I ride!
Then I designed a bespoke logo, a brand name if you like.
Then put out an email on a forum for any good vinyl cutters. Got a quick response and used a firm here in the uk who were great. I got them cut in white and clear 7 series vinyl (high quality, very thin, will last longer than most).
A week later I applied them. Am building the bike up tomorrow, am pretty excited as I can’t wait to get out there and ride it!
Please do use the pics on your site. I think it’s a great resource and I used it for my initial layouts. If you hear of anyone who wants a bespoke graphic please feel free to send them my details and I’ll see what I can do.
Nostrum bike graphics
I love the look of this – I’m hoping to see some complete bike pics!
A reader sent in the geometry for the FM-021 time trial bike frame. I don’t think I’ve seen one of these built up yet, but it looks like a great frame for time trials or triathlons
FM-021 Time Trial Bike Frame
Kai kindly sent in his completed bike: a FM015 built with what looks to be SRAM Rival, and great paintwork.
Kai's complete bike: FM015 with SRAM Rival
A reader (thanks Graham!) was kind enough to email me a spreadsheet he’d been working on cataloging all the unbranded carbon bike frame sellers, their AliBaba and Ebay stores and what frames they sell.
Obviously this is a big job, so I’ve turned it into a Google spreadsheet so that everyone can add their knowledge.
Please add everything you know about each seller. If there is something you aren’t sure about or (you think you broke the spreadsheet ) drop me an email and I’ll try and fix it: [email protected]
To edit it go here, or just view it below:
Thanks to a kind reader, I’ve been able to post new geometry diagrams for the following frames:
If you have any further diagrams (for these or other frames) I’d love to hear from you. Pics of your built up bikes (and details of the builds) would be great too: [email protected]
Has anyone build one of the mountain bike or TT frames? I seem to see a lot less of them.
A reader sent in the drawing for a 57cm FM006 frame (thanks!). If you have any other sizes, please send them in ([email protected])
57cm FM006 bike frame
Chain Reaction Cycles currently has a clearence on Vitus frames
with some pretty good discounts (over 80% in some cases).
Most of their frames are alloy, but both the Zenium VR and (I think) theÂ Zenium R‘sÂ have carbon seat stays (which is one of the more effective ways to get the vibration absorbion of carbon).
Vitus Zenium R frame
It’s the prices that make these worth looking at though. The Zenium R
is priced from $149 (+$23 shipping to the US), andÂ the Zenium VR is from $170. Those prices are pretty competitive with anything you’ll find on ebay, and in this case you getÂ a well known reseller backing it up.
I really like the look of the Zenium VR frameset, too.
Vitus Zenium VR frame