The final build.

The final build.

E01JRB - Nameless BMX

Having been asked by a good friend of mine to build him a custom BMX frame, I set out to source the necessary tubing and other frame parts such as dropouts to suit. Being that I don't currently have any means of bending tubes I had to find a place that would sell me tubes that were already bent. This proved to be a bit tricky, but after seeing that S&M Bikes have a DIY section in their web shop, I asked if they would sell me an entire "unwelded" frame. Lucklily for me, they accomodated that request and I was allowed to purchase a full tube set from any frame in their lineup.

My friend settled on using the tube set from the S&M BTM frame, so I decided to order two tube sets in order to use one to build a practice frame before moving on to building the frame for my friend. While waiting for the materials to arrive, we settled on the basic geometry of the frame. Once the materials arrived I adapted the design to incorporate the specific tube shapes and diameters from the tubes as supplied by S&M.

Being that this practice frame would end up becoming my personal ride, I tweaked the specs to match the geometry that I've come to prefer after having ridden many different frames over the years .

The strategy to first build a practice frame was definitely a sensible approach as I learned a lot during the build and now have a good idea of what to do differently next time around. As expected, I made a few mistakes during the build, but luckily none of the mistakes impacted the final result in any major way.

Below is a gallery showing the progress of this build.

Took quite a few hours of work to get to this stage.

Took quite a few hours of work to get to this stage.