In another twist in the tale of Sick Bicycles, a batch of frames built for Sick is about to go on sale – as On One branded frames.
When we heard the rumour last week that a builder in Taiwan had built a batch of frames for Sick! but was left awaiting payment, we did wonder whether PlanetX might seize the opportunity to bag a bargain, and sure enough, that seems to be what’s happened. Although, there’s perhaps a little extra personal slant on this for the company’s Brant Richards, since it turns out that the builder in Taiwan – Calvin – is a friend of his and he made the original introduction between Calvin and Jordan.
Brant told us:
We’ve bought the frames from my friend Calvin. He was the first designer we worked with in Taiwan, when we did the first inbred production in 1999 when he was at Maxway. I’ve worked with him over the years on several projects.
I think a lot of people have heard the story about me and Dave at Planet X helping Cy get started with Cotic – well Calvin was the guy who was at Maxway then. He left and set up his own operation, and we’ve kept in touch – he has worked on some of the other freelance mountainbike projects for me too that I’ve done for other brands, and also handles all the stuff for Chromag out of the Far East. His quality is just brilliant. About 18 months ago I introduced him to Jordan at Sick who wanted some production options and left them to it.
A couple of weeks ago, Calvin contacted me to say that couldn’t get in touch with Jordan, and as I’d introduced him, could I help him out with a market for these frames that he’d made for him. Calvin flew over, and me and Dave from Planet X managed to catch up with him in the pub when he visited us the other day after Eurobike.
We’ve two frames, one’s a 650b model, one’s a 29er. Geometry is great. Quality is brilliant. They’re going to be on preorder very shortly. And they’re going to be a typical Planet X insane price.
So far there’s no hint of what the bike might be called – but since there’s a good tale behind it, we’re tempted to suggest the Uncle Jordan. Or the One One Customer Service. The obvious On One Scandal has already been done, so that’s out. We know Brant reads plenty of what we write – especially if you say his name three times (Brant! Brant! Brant!), so feel free to put your suggestions for appropriate names in the comments below.
We honestly can’t be bothered to trail through the quagmire of Sick Bicycles social media posts to figure out what frames these were supposed to be – the Shrike maybe? The Sesh? – but whatever they were, they’re coming to the PlanetX website very soon with an entirely new name. And we’ve asked, but no, you don’t get one for free if you’ve already bought it from Sick Bicycles. Speaking of which, it’s all gone very quiet over there. Brant has made it clear there’s no truth in the rumour that he’s buying the company – just this batch of frames.
With Marino, that makes two frame makers who have been left holding frames but no cash. But that’s better than being left holding no cash and no frame. Or no T-shirt. That certainly was the case for customers before – is anyone still waiting for a refund? If you’re out of pocket, hop into the comments below (we can’t help, we’re just interested!), or join in the long running Forum thread here.
Meanwhile, keep your eye on the PlanetX site if you’re interested in bagging a frame, whatever it might be called.
On One’s Instagram feed has just been updated with a post revealing the names and pricing of the frames:
Hmm…a League of Gentleman reference, plus… what? The noise you just can’t locate the source of as you ride along? Two ticks, the time it takes to go from Instagram stars to pariahs? Or, is it a typo? The comments section is, as ever, below – and we’re enjoying your contributions.