Monday, June 10, 2013

Legacy Frameworks

Legacy Model 2. Courtesy: Legacy Frameworks.
Legacy Frameworks makes handbuilt city bikes in Chicago.  A basic singlespeed model, ready to ride, starts at $1,100, and belt drive models start at $1,360 (orders can be submitted online).  As pictured above, they are available as a diamond frame and as a step-through.

These are simple yet elegant steel bikes that allow for an upright ride.  Levi Borreson, who founded Legacy in 2011, describes the thinking behind the design:

took my experiences from riding in the city and translated them into a bicycle design that puts the fun and comfort back in riding, lessens the load up flights of stairs and as all readily available parts that can be maintained or replaced by anyone. Also keeping in mind the cost, and keeping it down to a reasonable level.
The step-through model debuted at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show and can be fitted with a Gates carbon belt.  The NAHBS model also included a dynamo hub for lights, drum brakes, and powder-coat paint described as "retro-reflective."

Here are a few specs that Legacy describes as standard: 

- Cartridge bearing bottom bracket and headset
- Alloy Crank with replaceable chain-ring
- Single speed or Internal hub compatibility
- Double walled 700c rims, stainless spokes and alloy hubs
- High quality puncture resistant tires
- Stainless steel brake cables
- Cantilever Brakes for great stopping and fender room.
- Alloy stem, seatpost and handlebars.
- True Temper Double Butted Chromolly Steel Tubing
- TIG Welded construction combined with Brass and silver brazing
- Powder Coated finish for durability
- Upgradable with highly available aftermarket parts. No proprietary interfaces


Anonymous said...

I'm just a little fed-up with these creeps whose hobby it is to build bike frames and then use that frame to assemble a bike to be sold foe big bucks. They're asking purchasers to help support their hobby!

Where's the beef? A $1000+ for what?


Freewheel said...

Al, the name-calling is unacceptable on BFROU. I will be deleting any comments with name-calling going forward.

Aside from that, I don't understand what you have against U.S. framebuilders. Do you want all frames to be manufactured in Taiwan so they cost less than $1,000?

Anonymous said...

Freewheel, this "artisan" is not offering value for money when compared to quality built mass production bicycles. You ask if I want all frames manufactured in Taiwan. This I must answer by saying that I wish to see utility bikes priced affordably to offer value for the purchaser's hard earned dollar. And, I repeat this fellow like other "artisan" frame builders is asking purchasers to support his hobby.

Ted said...

I'm as dollar-conscious (possibly "cheap") as they come, but I don't get the "offense" this builder/entrepreneur is being accused of. I ride a $400 made in China Schwinn town bike and it's a great value and a bike I enjoy very much.

That said, there is no wrongdoing in someone putting a value on the output of their "hobby" or trade as they see fit. To imply that there are pricing boundaries that should be adhered to based on one's personal definitions of "affordable" vs. over-priced is up to the individual customer. I feel it's safe to say that in this day and age of jeans being priced anywhere from $20 to $500+, this builder will find customers for their product at those prices.

Lastly, as the spouse of a small business owner, I find it laughable when people compare prices of any item manufactured en mass outside of the U.S. to anything hand built domestically. I suppose I wrongfully assumed that most understood the realities of a global economy.

The truth is there are many quality choices out there for biking consumers to choose from; respectively, there are various price points to choose from based on many factors; much of course on where a bike was made, assembled, in what kind of quantities or conditions, etc. This builder is just one of many; the value they put on their product can certainly be matched with some one's--maybe not everyone's--idea of what a "hard-earned dollar" is.

William K. said...

Someone almost beat me to it, but the last time I checked, we live in a capitalist marketplace society, where there is still a can-do spirit of entrepreneurialism. It's been said before that the best way to earn a living is find something that you love and then do it well so that other people will want to pay you for your efforts.

I'm with alot of others in that now is a bad time to think about buying a $1k+ bicycle. But that's where freedom comes in. The artisan frame builder is free to produce his goods, and those of us in the marketplace are free to buy, or not.

Making troll-like comments about an artisan supporting his hobby sounds like jealousy and sour grapes.