Well, OK, the French are already here – and selling frames made by XACD as we’ve seen from last week’s blog.
Hbicycles are another of the brands that Olivier told me about – and again they offer a wide range of frames made by XACD. All frames are made to order so custom dimensions are possible with no upcharge.
It’s a chap who’s been involved in the bike industry for years as a shop owner and importer/distributer who’s decided to branch out and ‘make’ his own bikes. There’s the usual variety of XC, Enduro and burly frames plus road and even BMX, including more options than you can shake a stick at.
Fairly normal tubing diameters, but he’s not afraid to spec some of the funky options to get a slightly different look. Also keep an eye out for what he calls 27.5″ wheels which I think is the new 650B in betweener size that some people are punting for those that can’t decide between a 26 or a 29’er!
I’m not 100% convinced by those dual crown forks mind, there’s going to be a large stress in the area below the 2nd crown – let’s hope those tubes are good and thick!
Belt drives are a great way to go for a bike like this – but how did they get it in there? Other frame designs use a coupling in the seat stay or have a bolt on dropout. After some head scratching Olivier pointed out some other pictures on the site which show that the chainstay connection is indeed a bolt on (you can see the bolt hole at the end of the chainstay in the picture above).
For more details, and to check out the full range of bits and peices, take a cruise around the homebuilt and sometimes slightly sluggish site at : http://web.me.com/h.galland/Hbicycles/accueil.html
You can also see the full range of Hbicycles for sale on the related mail order site owned by the same chap: RSPSHOP
Could there still be more to come…?