Making Carbon Bikes Is Easier Than You Think – Carbon Wasp Is Hiring

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Carbon Wasp – all made in Leeds, believe it or not!
Flowing shapes and some graphic design from the 1980s

Want to build carbon bikes, but don’t know where to start? Well, Leeds-based Carbon Wasp might have just the job for you… We first saw the company at last year’s Bespoked Show and were impressed to hear that it builds bespoke carbon bikes in its workshop in Leeds, using 3D printed moulds. With customers including international bike brands and Olympic champions, it already has a strong pedigree. (Not everyone’s keen on the graphics though, it must be said…)

Here’s the carbon hardtail from last year’s Bespoked

As one of the few UK companies making carbon bike frames in the country, it seems that business is going well as the company is now looking for another member of staff to join the small team there, building carbon frames. Yes, Carbon Wasp is looking for a ‘part time Composites Technician’.

The role, according to the advert we’ve seen involves:

  • Fabricating parts using a variety of composites techniques (full training will be given…)
  • Finishing parts to a high specification
  • Testing and evaluating parts and assisting in product development
  • Following detailed instructions and schedules at all stages of production
  • Immediate start, flexible hours (ideally full days) with pay starting at £9 an hour.
If steel building is just like plumbing, then carbon building is just like building with paper cutouts, right?

As this is a junior position, the company isn’t necessarily looking for a carbon composites expert, but it’s more of an entry level position for someone who’s looking to work in a pretty exciting bit of the bicycle world. You don’t need to be an expert already and full training will be given, but it’s obviously not going to hurt if you know what you’re on about. The position is open right now.

So if you have an interest in bikes, bike design and fabrication and you want to learn and develop your knowledge of 3D printing, composites manufacturing and general engineering – and you want to start, ooh, about now, then we reckon it’s worth chatting to Adrian at, or looking at the website and all that at: and socialing your way to @carbonwasp

Reckon you fancy some of this? You could be building carbon bikes by the summer with this job.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    Sent an application for that role today – only to be advised that the applications closed last Thursday, 1st March…….the same day this article appeared 🙁

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