It’s taken a while, but Britain finally has a carbon bike brand to be proud of.
We’re super happy to now be stocking Aprire Bicycles, a company based out of Cheam in Surrey. They make carbon frames backed by years of experience in the bike business and a thorough understanding of the super lightweight, racer’s material of choice. The benefits of a carbon fibre frame are not a secret. They’re light and strong and responsive, which is what makes them the choice of the pro teams. What is a bit more shrouded in mystery is how carbon is made. Fortunately we know a man who knows all about it.
Aprire was founded by Phil Dempsey back in 2009 and the company has spent the time since really honing and perfecting the science behind their frames. Using some of the most advanced testing techniques, they’ve refined them to a point where they claim, “It’s probably the most responsive, sensitive and best-handling bike you’ve ever ridden.”
So they’re pretty confident in their work.
One of the things that makes carbon so tricky to build with with is the lay up process. Carbon gets its strength from the combination of multiple layers, which have to be wrapped together into the desired frame shape. The fibres in carbon fibre are stronger in one direction than they are in another, so the angles at which you layer each piece are really important. This, in a nutshell, is the layup.
Lucky for us – and for you if you’re considering a carbon fibre frame – Phil is an expert in carbon lay ups. He has been working with carbon for several years and is a guy who really knows his stuff.
Another thing that makes Aprire bikes that little bit more unique is their decision to use factories that have a specialism in working with carbon fibre, as opposed to those that specialise in building bike frames. That means the people making your frame (working from the lay ups created by Phil and his team) are experts in using this type of material – and that’s what you want when you’re working with a material that’s notoriously easy to get wrong.
Don’t hesitate, if you’re after a carbon bike to do some fast-paced miles on in the coming summer then lets get you set up with an Aprire.Read More
Britain’s leading hand-built bike show, Bespoked 2015, is just a few days away and we’re really excited to be taking part again. Long-time Cloud 9 fans will remember we launched our awesome Street Racer at last year’s event, so you know you can expect something awesome at Stand 37 in Bristol on 17 – 19 April.
Cloud 9’s Kris has been hard at work on our builds for weeks now and while we don’t want to give too much away, what we can say is we are building the best city bike the world has ever seen!
Here’s a few snaps of the build in process to whet your appetites!
You must Be-spoking!
For those not familiar with Bespoked, it started as an opportunity for the best British frame builders to show off their wares, but it has quickly expanded into one of the leading shows for premium bike brands and frame builders from from all over the world. In fact, we’re as excited about seeing what the other exhibitors, like our pals at Feather Cycles and Ted James Design, will bring as we are about showing off our own work.
There’s really something for everyone at Bespoked, with awards categories as diverse as ‘Best Utility’, ‘Best Road’, ‘Spirit of Cycling’ and of course, the much-coveted Constructors Challenge – which sees teams made up of builders, designers and customers exhibiting a custom-built bicycle created for a real-life task. As the Bespoked website puts it, “The [Constructor’s Challenge] will demonstrate the diversity of possible uses for this simple and adaptable machine – and that they form a viable alternative to the car for everyday work and daily life.”
If you’re interested in buying a handbuilt bike, love design and innovation, or you’re just passionate about cycling then you need to come join us at Bespoked. Get your tickets here.Read More
We had an amazing opportunity last week to visit Number 10 Downing Street for a meeting with none other than the Prime Minister, David Cameron, himself. It seems he was interested in having a look at some of our hand-built frames and we were only too happy to oblige.
The reason for our invite, apart from DC’s genuine interest and enthusiasm for our frames, was our involvement with a government programme called School for Startups. A few years back we applied for a loan from SFS so we could purchase the equpiment we needed to start building frames by hand. It’s hard to overstate the importance of that loan, without it we simply couldn’t do what we do!
Believe it or not, the event wasn’t just about us. There were loads of other businesses there that have benefited from the programme, plus a host of MPs and leading business people. See if you can spot former Dragon, James Caan, in the background of the photo above!
Not only was it exciting to be invited to the PM’s place, it was great to see a genuine passion for cycling from the country’s most powerful politician and reassuring to see that he intends to support cycling more in the future – if he wins the general election of course!
We left David with a gift bag of bike-related products, including three Mini Hornits for his kids, you may remember the Hornit as the product we helped our friend Tom pitch on Dragons’ Den.
Here are the rest of the snaps from the day.