The Lark 45 is a 4X, built and ridden by Will Norgan in the Mega Avalanche in 2010, made from T45 chromolly tubing and featuring Hammoons own design disc brake tab and BB30 bottom bracket, its a fine example of the sort of frame Will builds for his customers, however Will is not exclusively about mountain bikes, he will build whatever the customer wants, adding his opinions and design touches as required to help give the customer a frame to be proud of.
For example; Will has a friend whose build requires something smaller than the norm. She wanted a road bike for commuting and pleasure rides – that was the brief that Will got and he came up with this lovely 650C wheeled road bike.
First thing was to see if it was possible to make a 29er for a non 6 footer. Using Columbus Life tubing he chose the angles and tube sizes specifically to give a comfortable ride with the ability to handle a more aggressive approach should the need arise, a Fox 100mm fork was shortened to give 80mm of travel to help keep the front end down.
Justin Burls is unashamedly a roadie and triathlete and more than happy to admit that mountain biking is not his thing. However, and despite this shocking admission, Justin has turned out one of the nicest titanium hardtails I’ve ever seen, and yes it’s fully blinged out, yes it’s incredibly light and no, it’s not hand made in the UK.
That said, it is designed in the UK (the ethos of the show is hand made in the UK but Phil and Tessa Taylor take a pragmatic view towards the show’s title) by Justin and his friend Andy (whose personal bike this is) and fabricated in Russia.
Delta 7 Arantix
Okay, this one isn’t a UK made frame either, but this handmade American frame uses a carbon fibre and Kevlar ‘IsoTruss’ lattice to create a frame that the makers say is incredibly stiff and resistant to damage. A medium frame weighs a claimed 2.6lbs and comes with no rider weight limitation and a lifetime warranty. With only 200 frames made per year it is guaranteed to be a very exclusive ride – and at £3,895 for the frame you’re unlikely to see one down at the trail centre carpark any time soon. They’re being brought into the UK by Dorset based Synergy Action.