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Old 06-20-2012, 12:23 PM
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Icarus Frames

Since I'm spending so much time viewing the different builders sites while looking up info for the Custom Frame Builders List I figured it would be a cool idea to spotlight a different builder every week. This week Icarus Frames in Asheville, NC caught my eye. In viewing the photos of the different builds on his site you can see that attention to detail is very strong. Lots of little subtle details that catch your eye.



So this week, the builder at the front of the Paceline is Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames.

Ian Sutton is the builder behind Icarus Frames in Asheville, North Carolina. Ian started learning frame building with Koichi Yamaguchi and later worked for Seven Cycles in Watertown Ma. After hours he started building his own "concept" frames and eventually set up a studio in the Geekhouse shop in Allston Ma.

"Icarus frames is now my life -- each frame is an opportunity to expand the look and design of Icarus. People arenít stock so neither are my bikes -- each one crafted for the particular client, in fit, ride characteristics and aesthetics.

I build primarily fillet brazed frames because it gives me the freedom to build with any tube size and shape and at any angle but with a more polished look than welded frames. Today, fillet brazed frames represent something you can only find in the custom world. I work with every customer from fit up and geometry to the paint scheme. I design, machine, braze and finish each frame myself before sending out for a world-class paint job by Bryan Myers at Fresh Frame.
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More eye candy here...
http://icarusframes.com/






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Old 06-20-2012, 01:17 PM
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this is very cool, william. always enjoy your posts.

wonder if perhaps these ought to go in the showcase area? or at least cross post the link in the general thread since it may not get as much traffic/eyeballs if the posts are there instead of here.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:22 PM
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this is very cool, william. always enjoy your posts.

wonder if perhaps these ought to go in the showcase area? or at least cross post the link in the general thread since it may not get as much traffic/eyeballs if the posts are there instead of here.
Thanks! In searching I'm seeing many builders that many of us may not have heard of yet. Just wanted to share.

As far as where, I'll leave that up to the mods. I'm waiting to hear back on the roadblock I've run into but I'm sure they'll hit it when they have time.





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Old 06-20-2012, 01:25 PM
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One of the more original head-badges that you see.

Nice!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:30 PM
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gorgeous work!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:36 PM
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I see some Yamaguchi all over in his work.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:37 PM
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I hope these posts stay in General. I'm new to the forum and wouldn't have found this otherwise.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:32 PM
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Sounds like he was experimenting on that one...

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This one is a special project I have been working on in between other builds. It had been a while since I built something for myself so I figured it should be something over the top, and a chance for me to try a few things I had been interested in. It is a whole lot of fun to ride and I am looking forward to more warm weather for longer rides.

Some of the features are: internal cable routing, a missing seat tube, aero head tube joint, extended down tube, custom bar/stem combo.



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I see some Yamaguchi all over in his work.

Agreed. That's what first caught my eye and popped into my mind before I saw that he had worked with Koichi.





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I really like the chasing bi-lams on the yellow bike.

Thanks for posting these!

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You can tell the guys who worked with him because of the way they braze lugless stuff. The brazing work in everything is just flawless, probably doesnt even need to be cleaned too much, temp management is just perfect. Some of the designs also, is just Yamaguchi school.

It is interesting he has a good lastname to just start a big bussiness as serotta did and for some reason he has remained small. The other thing is that his thing is racing bikes, not tourism or rando stuff so probably that takes all of the old guys with dough out from his door for a custom frame (not saying he doesnt have manufactured those bikes but all i have seen are racing machines). My old master builder was like that too, u wanted stuff that was not for racing he personally was calling the Bianchi dealer to get you one of those bikes, he never did rando bikes or for guys with too much money either. Just people that you can't find now a days.

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It is interesting he has a good lastname to just start a big bussiness as serotta did and for some reason he has remained small. The other thing is that his thing is racing bikes, not tourism or rando stuff so probably that takes all of the old guys with dough out from his door for a custom frame (not saying he doesnt have manufactured those bikes but all i have seen are racing machines).
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:51 PM
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The website pictures of his naked fillets look outstanding. Its very good to see the rather superb craftsmanship of our NC builders being showcased.
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Nice stuff, racy angles...

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