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The French Are Coming #2

Well, OK, the French are already here – and selling frames made by XACD as we’ve seen from last week’s blog.

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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.

Funky looking FlexTi shows some of the options available on the tubing front - bendy downtube, dropped top tube with brace and bendy seat stays for 'comfort'.
Funky looking FlexTi shows some of the options available on the tubing front – bendy downtube, dropped top tube with brace and bendy seat stays for ‘comfort’. Chalked up at 1300 euro (although I noticed he does have a bit of a sale on currently).

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!

'The Fonz' is certainly, erm, individual! Cruiser style frame with bullmoose bars and double crown rigid fork. Yours for 1600 euro.

'The Fonz' is certainly, erm, individual! Cruiser style frame with bullmoose bars and double crown rigid fork anyone? Yours for 1600 euro.

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!

Small companies should be all about building something a bit different and this shot of the latest prototype is probably a great example – check out the Rohloff hub with the belt drive:
Rohloff hub with belt drive - but like the fig roll, how do they get it in there?

Rohloff hub with belt drive - but like the fig roll, how do they get it in there?

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).

Ahh - that explains it, very neat bolted on dropout connection to the chainstay!

Ahh - that explains it, very neat bolted on dropout connection to the chainstay!

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…?