Frame Building

If you want or need something specific Hewitt Cycles can supply your dream frame, there are numerous benefits to a custom built frame, although in most cases getting the correct position shouldn't be one of them.

Custom Geometry.

Custom built frames can be divided into two categories, frames with a custom geometry and fully custom built. With the likes of Van Nicholas and Enigma Titanium it is possible to specify the frame dimensions and also certain details on the general design, this is more of a custom geometry frame, as every detail can't be specified, this approach would be best if the geometry you require is unusual or you have a specific idea of how you want your bike, once built, to look.

Fully Custom Built.

It may be that you just require something a little different, or have a dream frame in mind, or it could be that you can't find exactly what you require as an off the peg frame, with a Hewitt custom built frame it is possible to specify every detail of the specification, geometry, construction and finishing.

The ordering process.

We work on an appointment basis with regards to all bike and frame orders, please either phone 01772-424773, or email to arrange an appointment. If you cannot visit our shop please see here for other options.

In order to set your position as accurately as possible, when visiting us for your appointment, please bring with you the shoes, pedals, shorts, jersey and saddle (if you are going to use your existing saddle) you would normally use when riding your bike.

As the frame dimensions are determined by the position, we need to determine the position dimensions first, we work out the position you need using our frame fitting jig with the saddle, pedals and crank length set as they will be on the finished bike.

In the case of both custom geometry and fully custom built, we would then work from the position dimensions, add in the stem length, clamp depth and angle you would like to use, the spacing required underneath it, the saddle you are going to use, the amount of seat post you would like exposed and also the set back of the seat post. This would then enable us to determine some frame dimensions that would allow the position to be set and the aesthetics of your bike to be achieved.

With a fully custom built frame this only the start of the process, you can then decide on your preferred construction method, lugged, TIG welded or fillet brazed, this may well be influenced by the type of tubing you would like the frame to be built from.

All Hewitt custom built frames are individually hand-built at our premises in Leyland, Lancashire. In addition to our own in house brands, we can also supply custom built frames from Van Nicholas, Enigma & Sabbath.

There are two options here, in the case of Hewitt the frames are fully custom built, Van Nicholas, Enigma & Sabbath are more of a custom sized frame, in the main it is only the dimensions of the frame that can be altered, with only minor alterations to the rest of the frame.

Frame dimensions

With every custom built frame the position you require on the bike needs to be determined first, from these position dimensions we can then determine some suitable frame dimensions, so that your new bike will not only fit you correctly, but it can also be tailored so that the bike, once built, will look as you would like it to.

Fully Custom Built

Hewitt custom frames are fully custom built, this means that everything can be specified. In addition to the geometry of the frame, the lugs, drop-outs, tube type & diameters, construction method and frame finish can all be specified. If you have any specific requests please let us know, we will try our best to accommodate all your requirements.

Custom geometry

In the case of Van Nicholas, Enigma and Sabbath it predominantly only the frame geometry that can be specified, dependant on the manufacturer and the frame very little else can be specified, Enigma have options for the finish and the transfers, Van Nicholas have a comprehensive range of frames and do allow certain minor details to be specified. Sabbath again it is only the finish and transfers that can be altered.

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