BTR sent us this video of their new 2017 Pinner, ridden by Joel Anderson who, like BTR, hails from around Exmoor. Watch for the exact moment you switch from “I could probably ride that” to “Oh”. It is Ye Olde Traditional Edit with thrashy guitars, and a couple of funny crashes, but it’s an updated bike for 2017:
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The BTR in BTR Fabrications stands for Burf and Tam Racing. Until relatively recently, they’d stuck to making exceptionally slack custom hardtail frames, one of which we recently had in to test as part of our issue 112 Zombie Apocalpyse Bike Test, and it was an absolute bruiser.
They’re perhaps less well known for the BTR Pinner, a 130mm steel full suss they (at the time of writing) sell as a frame only. There were rumours of something full suss some years back, which at first we thought were a BTR fabrication, but turned out to be an actual BTR Fabrication (fnar).
The original Pinner got off to a rocky start with a crowdfunding attempt that fell short of its target, but Burf and Tam got production up and running and have been making Pinners since 2014.
One of the advantages of them being two men welding in a shed is that they can pretty much continuously experiment with geometry. Because of that, they’ve updated the Pinner for 2017, and yes, we’re still seeing things get slacker, this having a 63.5 – 64 degree head angle. You can read all about that and see some more pictures on their website.
It’s designed specifically for coil shocks, and offered with two options. As well as updated geometry, the Pinner frame also features their beautiful ducted internal routing, integrated seat clamp, and CNC machined dropouts. Really, take a look, it’s a decidedly above average frame.