FrameSets

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       In addition to superior anatomical fit, custom lugged frames can be constructed with superior materials that require more labor intensive construction techniques which only the small manufacturer seems willing to take on. There are many excellent mass-produced bicycles out there, but few these days match the attention to detail, in design and construction, that the smaller builder can offer.

Prairie Crow frameset built with “fin’ lugs custom drilled and carved, and a vintage British cast and machined crown.

Prairie Crow frameset built with “fin’ lugs custom drilled and carved, and a vintage British cast and machined crown.

My lugged framesets are silver brazed to preserve the intended characteristics of high quality steel tubing. Silver brazing also makes future frame repair easier, if ever needed. This frame is going to last your lifetime and perhaps well beyond; making it easier to repair after a crash in 90 to 100 years isn’t a bad idea.

Fully chromed Prairie Crow road frame built a True Temper tubeset and Henry James lugs. The customer’s daily driver.

Fully chromed Prairie Crow road frame built a True Temper tubeset and Henry James lugs. The customer’s daily driver.

Every Prairie Crow frameset is made right here in Minneapolis. That’s designed AND manufactured. Not to knock any companies doing local design; they do great work at that; Prairie Crow Bikeworks is in the business of starting and finishing that process, in one place, right here in Minneapolis. I use top quality steel bicycle tubing from Kasai and Columbus. I also stock a range of out-of-production tubes from True Temper, Columbus, and a few lesser known tubing manufacturers. The same goes for lugs and fork crowns; I stock American-made investment cast lugs, crowns, and dropouts, as well as high quality out-of-production NOS options for riders looking for a specific look.

Track Reaper Frame, with a double-oversize True Temper tubeset, polished stainless lugs, and a painted to match carbon fork. You can see this frame in action on the “gallery” page.

Track Reaper Frame, with a double-oversize True Temper tubeset, polished stainless lugs, and a painted to match carbon fork. You can see this frame in action on the “gallery” page.

 I am also happy to build lone replacement forks for existing bicycles; having a replacement fork with proper handling geometry for its frame makes a world of difference!  Plus if you’d like, your new fork can have features your old fork did not, like rack mounts and dynamo routing.

Prairie Crow City/Adventure tour frame. With Paragon Machineworks sliding dropouts, True Temper oversize tubeset, clearance for fenders and 45s, this frame was built to carry its rider everywhere , on and off pavement, year round in Minnesota, and has been for years.

Prairie Crow City/Adventure tour frame. With Paragon Machineworks sliding dropouts, True Temper oversize tubeset, clearance for fenders and 45s, this frame was built to carry its rider everywhere , on and off pavement, year round in Minnesota, and has been for years.

~See the frame above built up in the Radavist write-up: theradavist.com/2017/06/minnecycle-2017-prairie-crow-bikeworks-shred-muter-jarrod-bunk/#21

      

       If you are thinking about a custom frame set, shoot me an email or give me a call.  I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, to help you understand what I do here and why, and how it relates to your future dream machine.

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Price List

Prairie Crow 26” wheel road/dirt frame built with a full Reynolds 531 tubeset (steerer and fork blades too!) , custom carved and drilled Henry James American cast lugset. This frame has carried it’s owner into the mountains of Vermont to camp, as well as across New York City in rush hour. A crow is a creature ready to thrive in many environments, and many situations, and I build my frames in that spirit.

Prairie Crow 26” wheel road/dirt frame built with a full Reynolds 531 tubeset (steerer and fork blades too!) , custom carved and drilled Henry James American cast lugset. This frame has carried it’s owner into the mountains of Vermont to camp, as well as across New York City in rush hour. A crow is a creature ready to thrive in many environments, and many situations, and I build my frames in that spirit.


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