Do you offer complete bikes?
Yes, we do offer complete bikes built up to spec. We have certain build kits that we usually try to subscribe to, but we’ll be happy to put anything on a build that we can get our hands on! We are happy to provide a build estimate once a frame sale is confirmed and we are familiar with the customers needs and dimensions.
Do you sell wholesale/EP deals to bike shops?
Yes, sometimes we do work with shops to sell a frame, however due to our direct sales demands and the one on one work Kent does with each customer we prefer to sell direct. Therefore, we typically limit sales to our current dealer network. Currently we are not accepting new dealerships.
What tubing do you use? Do you offer butted tubes?
We use 3/2.5 straight gauge tubing from U.S. sources, namely Sandvik and Haynes. We have done a few bikes with butted tubes, but it takes away a lot of stiffness and we normally suggest going with a thinner wall straight gauge tube as it will give a more consistent ride quality and maintain the integrity of the bike a bit better.
How about BB30?
We do offer a pressfit BB30 shell but we always remind people that it takes away from the overall stiffness of the BB area of the frame. The cranks are a larger diameter, but you don’t increase the stiffness of the frame at all. Also, a threaded BB has more purchase and creates a wider platform for the cranks, not to mention gives you the option of changing systems if you would like to do so in a few years. Remember, the frame will last a lifetime, technology doesn’t.
Can I get my frame painted?
Yes, we do offer to set you up with Spectrum paint in CO Springs to finish up the bike if you choose to go that route. You will work directly with their professional staff to design and select colors for your frame.
What’s that funky Spray Mask finish?
The spray mask finish we offer is essentially a polished undercoat that’s covered with a mask during the bead blasting process. When the mask is taken off, the resulting image is polished while the rest of the frame retains its blasted look. The reason it is so expensive is it takes a long time to prep and finish the tube, and the risk of a mistake is high. It should be noted the finish does tend to fade with time and therefore, we do not recommend it as a lasting look. An example is shown below:
How long does it take to get a frame?
We don’t stock any frames, so it depends on what part of the season we’re at, and how popular we are. Traditionally we shoot for an 8-10 week window, with 10 weeks being more common in the spring/summer and 8 more common in the Fall and Winter. This is not taking into account the time it takes to come up with a confirmed frame design prior to the frame deposit.
What are the standard options on a frame?
The standard BB is a 68mm English thread. We use “breezer” or “wright” style dropouts. For singlespeeds, we like to use a davinci style eccentric BB in place of slider dropouts as we’ve had more success with them. As far as cable routing goes:
Road: Brake line under top tube, der cables run under downtube and chainstay.
Di2: Brake line under top tube, der cables inside frame.
|Road: Brake line under top tube, der cables run under downtube and chainstay.||Di2: Brake line under top tube, der cables inside frame.|
Cross: Brake and derailleur on top of top tube and under seatstay
MTB: Brake and derailleur under top tube and under seatstay. The options for your disc brake cable runs are either a thru stop or zip tie saddles (as shown)
|Thru Stop||Zip Tie Saddle|
Do you stock seatposts?
We try and keep certain sizes in stock all the time, but demand seems to be high enough that it’s tough to keep up. In general we try and get seatposts out within 7-10 days of the order and if it’s in stock, it could be quite a bit faster than that.
How much will my frame or seatpost weigh?
This depends heavily on tubing selection, not just sizes but thicknesses as well. We’ve listed some estimated frame weights of certain bikes below as a starting point. Weights are for around 57cm/18”.
Road: 3 lbs or under
MTB 26” HT: 3.4 lbs or under
MTB 29” HT: 3.5 lbs or under
Bingham Full Suspenion – All Ti: 4-5 lbs depending on frame size (incl. rear shock)
Yeti ASR: 5.25-6 lbs
Ventana 26”/650b/29”: 5.4-6.5 lbs
Seatpost weights: 250mm=174 g, 300mm= 194 g, 360mm=217 g, 400mm=233 g
29’er, 650B or 26″ wheels, which is best for me?
Also, check out the Mountain BIke Action Shootout article in the March, 2012 issue. The 650B wheels size beat out the 26″ and the 29’er hands down. Then decide for yourself or call to find out why 650B is the only wheel size Kent and Katie are riding off road!
Do you offer refinishing/refurbing of Ti frames?
We do offer that service for $325 which includes bead blasting and new decals. We can also make additions to older MTB frames to add disc brake tabs, braze ons, etc. and can estimate costs for that for anyone interested. Feel free to shoot us an email if you’re looking to spruce up your bike.
Do you repair other manufacturers/builders Ti frames?
We don’t offer that service for a few reasons. It traditionally will void the warranty of that frame is we do repairs/alterations to it and we have no history of the tube type, style or thicknesses when doing repairs. We also don’t know how the tubing was handled or cleaned before being put on the bike and being welded up, so there are a lot of unknowns that are dangerous to play around with.
Do you offer sponsorship?
We love getting the Eriksen name out there and are willing to consider offers for certain levels of sponsorship. We are unable to review or accommodate requests between January and July, however in the Fall and early Winter if you’re interested, please submit an athletic resume with listed achievements, race results, and specifically what you are requesting sponsorship for. Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll look into what we can do. WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING ANY NEW SPONSORSHIP APPLICATIONS.