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    Official Frank the Welder FTW thread

    I'm a big fan of the man's work, past through present, and thought it would be cool to have a thread dedicated to all the awsome stuff he's built over the years.





    Let's see some pics!

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    someone needs to sell me their metalhead

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    Didn't he do some Sweetheart Cycles too back in the day before Yetti?
    Damn I'm getting old!
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    Not retro, but this is mine coming to Italy: Mategua 29er with vbrake studs!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankth...n/photostream/


    I collaborate with the European importer and I can tell you he's such a cool guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by even View Post
    Not retro, but this is mine coming to Italy: Mategua 29er with vbrake studs!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankth...n/photostream/


    I collaborate with the European importer and I can tell you he's such a cool guy!
    that's delicious>http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankth...n/photostream/
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    innit? I wanted one in steel but couldn't resist those chunky welds...

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    Please excuse the use of the ferrule. Shouldn't be there.

    FTW stem.

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    Need to take pics of the prototype Ultimate #1 with its funky rear "triangle", but here's a later version for now:

    <img src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y213/threadedtitanium/DSC01716-1.jpg">

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    a bit modern, but crafted by the same hands that built FB's gorgeous Yeti...





















    ps. Softbutt, you're gonna have to pry the Metalheads from my cold dead hands




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    yea, that is one of the few bikes that i regret selling. i wasn't any good at jumps, but it did improve my handling skills some and it was just plain fun to ride. when i'm finished with my current project i will be on the hunt for one.

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    Nice thread, here's my offering...

    My late 94 FTW welded Turner FTF (Full Time Function) - aka Turner Burner by MBA.







    More bikes than you can point a broken spoke at...

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    A dirty little trinket...but I couldn't pass it up...now I just need the stem to match



    straight from "the man":

    The cap was custom made for the stem and the wedge was modified from a commercial part. It was from one of the team Yeti steel stems. They were only produced for team and friends of Yeti.

    <a href="http://s695.photobucket.com/albums/vv313/eastcoaststeve/?action=view&amp;current=ftwcapwedgesmall.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv313/eastcoaststeve/ftwcapwedgesmall.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>




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    Ok, just give me some time to mount my new FTW 29er I've just received (we've ordered a batch of 6 bikes for the Italian market)

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    Quote Originally Posted by even View Post
    Ok, just give me some time to mount my new FTW 29er I've just received (we've ordered a batch of 6 bikes for the Italian market)
    Nice, I've seen a couple of the Bars up for sale in the last month. To bad all of them have been mediums.

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    We've got some Mategua in L size to sell, but shipping and customs would be expensive....

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    suck it.
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    Me on my 29er... but you can't really see anything....better pics to come


    And no, friction mode xt thumbies do NOT work well with 10 speeds!
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    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how would you know if a stem was made by Frank? Is there a special number, marking, etc? The reason I ask is a saw one recently with the big FTW decal on the side. It looked like **** and was clearly being misrepresented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairstream View Post
    suck it.

    HS, awsome frame and stem, and very cool pics. Looking at pics of Frank's shop is like the adult version of "I Spy"...could spend hours picking out all the cool stuff in the background of the shots.


    If anyone else has "shop shots" post 'em up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pint View Post
    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how would you know if a stem was made by Frank? Is there a special number, marking, etc? The reason I ask is a saw one recently with the big FTW decal on the side. It looked like **** and was clearly being misrepresented.
    whenever I'm unsure I just shoot FTW a pic....he's got a great memory for stuff he's had his hands on.



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    Official Frank the Welder FTW thread-img_2500.jpg

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    That one duzent look like crap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairstream View Post
    suck it.
    New frame with a front derailleur pulley?
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    It's the next big thing: Nose Wheelie Unicycles.

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