How involved are bike brands in frame production, really?

michelle arthurs brennan bike frame feature hope factory tour

Well, it depends on the brand.

The plan with this article initially was to write a tech question: “should you buy an open mould frame?”

However, having spent an hour each speaking to UKSI, GB Hope track bike and Pinarello legend Dimitris Katsanis, plus former third-party manufacturer turned Factor CEO Rob Gitelis, it felt like more of a deep-dive into the options than a Yes/No sort of question.

We discussed innovation, quality control, materials, factory conditions – and the basic “but I want one” argument.

This ~3,000 word feature is the product of about 5,400 words of transcribed quotes. There was a lot of stuff I wanted to leave in, but had to cut out to save from breaking the rules of internet attention spans. So you can bet that there’s more content coming on a similar theme.

Check it here.

Published by michellearthursbrennan

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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