This is a candid, insider view to the development of a new frame design. Sam Whittingham, designer and builder at Naked, wanted to experiment with what's extreme for a well-rounded trail bike. This is his first prototype in that line.
A show in a show, in a show: that's the artisan section of the Vancouver Bike Show, and it's a small handful of bicycle makers at that. Small maybe, but cycling is a big thing in BC, and their framebuilders are world famous with good reason.
Paul Brodie's tell-all memoir is not only a great resource for aspiring and new frame builders, but also it is an absorbing read for cycling enthusiasts and those curious about the ups and downs of small bicycle manufacturing businesses.
Around 500 hours of work went into making this titanium bike according to Chris Dekerf, which is likely some kind of record. The 27-year veteran frame builder from Vancouver, Canada, says his horizons are still expanding.