Appleman Bicycles http://applemanbicycles.com Custom Carbon Fiber Bike Frames Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:54:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 CX Magazine Editors Choice Award http://applemanbicycles.com/cx-magazine-editors-choice-award/ http://applemanbicycles.com/cx-magazine-editors-choice-award/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:37:42 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=2401 Appleman Bicycles
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CX Magazine chose Appleman Bicycles for their Dream Bike Builder award! Thank you CXM!  Keep all of the great CX tech, tips, and gear reviews coming! See all of the Editors’ Choice picks here.    

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CX Magazine chose Appleman Bicycles for their Dream Bike Builder award!

Thank you CXM!  Keep all of the great CX tech, tips, and gear reviews coming!

See all of the Editors’ Choice picks here.

CX Magazine Picks Appleman Editors Choice

 

 

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New Website 2014 http://applemanbicycles.com/new-website-2014/ http://applemanbicycles.com/new-website-2014/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:40:30 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=2380 Appleman Bicycles
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I was busy over this beautiful weekend updating the website!  The bulk of content is posted and I’ll be revising and adding snippets here and there.  Feel free to email me with any constructive criticism, praise, or feedback (matt@applemanbicycles.com).

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I was busy over this beautiful weekend updating the website!  The bulk of content is posted and I’ll be revising and adding snippets here and there.  Feel free to email me with any constructive criticism, praise, or feedback (matt@applemanbicycles.com).

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Eric and his Cross Bike Win Criterium http://applemanbicycles.com/cross-bike-wins-crit/ http://applemanbicycles.com/cross-bike-wins-crit/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:14:53 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=2073 Appleman Bicycles
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Photo: Eric Thompson Appleman pilot Eric Thompson started off his 2014 road season with a win at the Tuesday Night World’s Criterium! As you may remember, Eric raced his Appleman last CX season nationally (many top 20 finishes) and locally (sweeping every MN race).  He swapped out the knobby mud tires for 28mm slicks and headed out on the road! […]

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Photo: Eric Thompson

Appleman pilot Eric Thompson started off his 2014 road season with a win at the Tuesday Night World’s Criterium!

As you may remember, Eric raced his Appleman last CX season nationally (many top 20 finishes) and locally (sweeping every MN race).  He swapped out the knobby mud tires for 28mm slicks and headed out on the road!

Here’s what Eric had to say about it:

I think you’ll be happy to hear that the Appleman took its first win of 2014 last night at TNW!  The bike preformed SO WELL, and with the road tubies on it I can’t believe how stiff the bike is!  It felt so good!  Total confidence in no loss of power and the thing totally shredded the corners!  All good things!

-Eric Thompson 

This is true testament of the versatility of a CX bike!  Eric only had to swap out a longer/lower stem and tires to transform his CX race machine to a road racer’s delight.  Remember folks, you can always put smaller tires on your ‘cross bike, but you can’t put larger tires on your road bike!

 

Skinny Ski Captures Eric's Disc Road bike at the TNW crit

Above: Eric and his Appleman Disc CX bike enroute to a win at the TNW Crits!  Photo: SkinnySki, more photos available here.

 

 

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NAHBS 2014 Preparations http://applemanbicycles.com/nahbs-2014-preparations/ http://applemanbicycles.com/nahbs-2014-preparations/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:37:12 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=2024 Appleman Bicycles
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NAHBS 2014 is just around the corner!  I’m bringing some awesome customer bikes!   Here are few build sequence shots… I can’t show too much because one of the customers will be seeing his bike for the first time at NAHBS!  He has given me design freedom for the frame and wants to be surprised at the show! Don’t forget […]

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NAHBS 2014 is just around the corner!  I’m bringing some awesome customer bikes!   Here are few build sequence shots… I can’t show too much because one of the customers will be seeing his bike for the first time at NAHBS!  He has given me design freedom for the frame and wants to be surprised at the show!

Don’t forget that I’ll be giving a seminar at NAHBS.  It’s called “Carbon Fiber: Laying Down the Basics” and will touch on the basics of carbon fiber as a material and how I build frames with it!

Rob’s titanium clad logo on his new AppleStem integrated handlebar!

Mountain AppleStem by Appleman Bicycles

 

 

A nice little apple under the seat tube collar:
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Rob’s frame and integrated bar:

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Closeup of the titanium down tube logo:

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Rick’s bike in the beginning:Rick-Tubeset-P1040146

Rick’s bike in the jig with micro-fillets, next step: macro-fillets.

Rick's Frame in the jig

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New Bikes and Bike Rumor Interview http://applemanbicycles.com/new-bikes-and-interview/ http://applemanbicycles.com/new-bikes-and-interview/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:21:27 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=1966 Appleman Bicycles
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I recently added two new beautiful bikes to the gallery! Koen’s “American Dream” Road bike is a super stealthy bike with full Di2 and Enve components. [separator color='' thickness='' up='' down=''] Joe’s Gravel Racer came out beautifully with wooden logos and complimentary Chris King gold anodized parts.  Check out the AppleStem integrated handlebar and integrated Garmin mount! [separator color='' thickness='' […]

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I recently added two new beautiful bikes to the gallery!

Koen’s “American Dream” Road bike is a super stealthy bike with full Di2 and Enve components.

Koen's Custom Appleman rear view

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Joe’s Gravel Racer came out beautifully with wooden logos and complimentary Chris King gold anodized parts.  Check out the AppleStem integrated handlebar and integrated Garmin mount!

Joe's custom carbon fiber gravel race bike

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NAHBS 2014 is just around the corner!  Read the pre-NAHBS interview on BikeRumor.com

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Thompson Wins MN State CX Championship http://applemanbicycles.com/thompson-wins-state-champs/ http://applemanbicycles.com/thompson-wins-state-champs/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:33:08 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=1900 Appleman Bicycles
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Congratulations to Eric Thompson for his epic 2013 Minnesota State Cyclocross Championship win!  Two-time state CX champ Pat LeMieux and Dominic Talerico (Appleman repair customer) took 2nd and 3rd respectively. Conditions at the race were down right nasty with the temperature hovering around 0*F and up to 6 inches of snow on some parts of the course.   Combined with […]

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Congratulations to Eric Thompson for his epic 2013 Minnesota State Cyclocross Championship win!  Two-time state CX champ Pat LeMieux and Dominic Talerico (Appleman repair customer) took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Conditions at the race were down right nasty with the temperature hovering around 0*F and up to 6 inches of snow on some parts of the course.   Combined with the weather, the deep sand pit and stair run-up made for a very challenging course.

Eric won every MN race he entered this year and earned the Cyclocross Rider of the Year (CRY) title!  He’ll now prepare for the North Carolina Grand Prix UCI race and the National Championships in Boulder, CO in January.

Check out his Appleman race machine here.

Eric wins the 2013 MN state CX Championhsip Eric Thompson wins 2013 MN state CX with Pat LeMeiux and Dominic Talerico

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Koen’s Road Build http://applemanbicycles.com/koens-road-build/ http://applemanbicycles.com/koens-road-build/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:04:37 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=1889 Appleman Bicycles
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Koen moved to the USA from Europe and wanted a custom, American-made frame!  His “American Dream” road bike will be classy and subtle with a stealth carbon fiber logo and color-reduced components.  There will be a few personal touches as the frame is finished.  In the meantime, here is a few pictures of the build process: A custom set of […]

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Koen moved to the USA from Europe and wanted a custom, American-made frame!  His “American Dream” road bike will be classy and subtle with a stealth carbon fiber logo and color-reduced components.  There will be a few personal touches as the frame is finished.  In the meantime, here is a few pictures of the build process:

A custom set of tubes was designed to match Koen’s riding style.  A stiff, responsive front end is paired with a more compliant rear end to accommodate an old back injury.

View the complete bike gallery here.

Custom carbon fiber tube set made in the USA

Jig Setup:  Based on the Bike Cad drawing, the Anvil Journeyman frame jig is setup up for custom geometry.

Frame jig setup

 

Mitered Tubes

Mitered tubes of custom carbon frame

 

Tubing Fit Test

Fitting mitered tubes: head tube cluster

 

And finally, the tubes are glued together in the jig with a high strength epoxy.  The joints have a nice smooth epoxy fillet to provide high-strength, crimp-free path for the carbon fiber to pass over.

Epoxy fillets on head tube of Koen's custom carbon Appleman Bicycle

 

Epoxy fillets hold the custom carbon frame in place

 

Next, carbon fiber will be applied to the joints and reinforcement areas.

See the complete bike here.

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Another Appleman for Rob: 29′r http://applemanbicycles.com/another-appleman-for-rob/ http://applemanbicycles.com/another-appleman-for-rob/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:08:30 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=1864 Appleman Bicycles
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I’ve never met Rob.  In fact, I’ve never even talked to him, yet he’s ordered 3 bikes.  His super stiff mango road bike, the 29′r mountain bike below, and a gravel bike in the queue.  Having owned more than a few custom bikes, Rob knows what he wants out of a frame.  He recognized that the engineering, design, and versatility that […]

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I’ve never met Rob.  In fact, I’ve never even talked to him, yet he’s ordered 3 bikes.  His super stiff mango road bike, the 29′r mountain bike below, and a gravel bike in the queue.  Having owned more than a few custom bikes, Rob knows what he wants out of a frame.  He recognized that the engineering, design, and versatility that goes into an Appleman is superior to his Parlee, Moots, Baum, and Lynskey.

Rob is a big, strong sprinter.  I developed the stiffest and strongest Appleman tube set for each of his frames.  Rob always has well thought out wants and needs for his bikes.  The new mountain bike features clearance for a 2.4″ tire AND a 38t chainring for his XX1 setup.  Thanks to the custom made chain stays, we can squeeze in this request.  Rob loved the look of the chain stays and requested the serial number be prominently on the side of the chain stay.  Beyond the no-nonsense engineering of this frame, the stunning titanium logos are incredible!

My favorite detail of the bike is the dropouts.  I’ve been making carbon fiber dropouts since day 1 of Appleman Bicycles, but never for a 142×12 thru-axle!  One of my favorite parts of the bike is the “apple” reinforcement on the non-drive side dropout!

 

Rob's 2nd Appleman, a custom carbon mountain bike

Appleman titanium logo

Appleman carbon dropout with fancy apple reinforcement

Appleman custom touch serial #

 

 

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CX Racing, Mountain Build, Custom Bar Tape http://applemanbicycles.com/cx-mountain-bar-tape/ http://applemanbicycles.com/cx-mountain-bar-tape/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:42:51 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=1812 Appleman Bicycles
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There’s a lot going on at Appleman Bicycles, so I’m going to clump a few topics together!   First off, it’s cyclocross primetime!  Appleman sponsored rider and all around good guy Eric Thompson has had his best season yet!  Undefeated in Minnesota CX scene, Eric has had some great results at UCI C1 and C2 events as well!  Check out […]

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There’s a lot going on at Appleman Bicycles, so I’m going to clump a few topics together!

 

First off, it’s cyclocross primetime!  Appleman sponsored rider and all around good guy Eric Thompson has had his best season yet!  Undefeated in Minnesota CX scene, Eric has had some great results at UCI C1 and C2 events as well!  Check out Heather Angel’s great pictures at the races (look for Eric’s hi-viz neon yellow kit).

Eric Thompson crushing Green Acres CX on his Appleman

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Minnesota Category 1/2 races

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  • Metal Cross (2 day)/1st, 1st
  • Baker Orchard Cross/1st
  • Wirth Cyclocross Classic/1st
  • Green Acres CX (2 day)/1st, 1st
  • Velo CX (2 day)/1st, 1st

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  • Trek CX Collective Cup, Madison, Wi (2 day)/17th,19th
  • Gateway Cup, St. Louis, MO/11th
  • The MudFund Derby City Cup, Louisville, KY/19th, 23rd
  • Jingle Cross Rock, Iowa City/10th!, 14th, 19th

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Rob’s Mountain Bike Build

Rob's head tube cluster mitered

Tight miters make for strong joints.

Rob's Appleman Head tube

After some black magic, the carbon is laid, cured, and gently sanded.

 

 

Appleman Bar Tape

Custom Appleman Handlebar tape

Custom black on black Appleman bar tape is available for $25.  Now available in the Appleman Store.  Free bar tape is included with all new bike purchases!

Rob’s Road Bike

Yes, the same Rob as above.  Rob will have a full fleet of Appleman custom frames… road, mountain, and soon a gravel bike!  Rob sent this hot pic of his bike all built up with beautiful mango accent parts!

Rob's complete Appleman road bike with Chris King Mango accents

 

CX Magazine Ad

This advertisement will be going in Cyclocross Magazine Issue #23!  In the ad, Eric Thompson had a leg up on all of his competitors finishing Baker Orchard CX 2 minutes ahead of second place!

Appleman Advertisement Get a leg up on the competition CX Magazine

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Framebuilder Halloween http://applemanbicycles.com/framebuilder-halloween/ http://applemanbicycles.com/framebuilder-halloween/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:31:26 +0000 http://applemanbicycles.com/?p=1792 Appleman Bicycles
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To do something scary for Halloween, I’ve started TIG welding carbon fiber frames: Equally scary, Peacock Groove wraps a bi-laminate carbon/steel frame:  

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To do something scary for Halloween, I’ve started TIG welding carbon fiber frames:

Appleman Bicycles Does Halloween

Equally scary, Peacock Groove wraps a bi-laminate carbon/steel frame:

Peacock Groove does Halloween

 

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