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Build Your Own Mountain Bike | Dirt Shed Show Ep. 205

Build Your Own Mountain Bike | Dirt Shed Show Ep. 205

– Coming up on this show this week we discuss how to produce your own bike. – Ooh, and would you
invest in these products? Or no? It’s the Dirt Shed Show!
– It’s the Dirt Shed Show! (upbeat music) (tools clanging) Yes, welcome to this week’s Dirt Shed Show with Chain Reaction Cycles of course! (cow bell clanging) Proudly supported by those guys. And this week, added, Blake Samson. – And Mr. Ashton. – Dude, how are you? – Very good, thanks. You?
– How’s… I’m good, I’m good. You’ve had a busy week. – Very busy. – Building things in your garage. – Yes, storing my bike. – Any riding? – A lot of riding in the cold weather.
– Nice, nice, nice. – Yeah, getting muddy. Now I have got a packed
show for you this week. – I’ve got a quiz for you. A funding quiz that I
found on Kickstarter. – Yes. – I do like going on Kickstarter. It’s very very funny. – There’s funny things on there. – I’ve got some good
things for you on there. But first, I wanna talk to you
about building your own bike. – Ooh! – This is gonna be cool, right? Because, you know, the Athertons
have got their own bikes, just announced it. – [Blake] It looks very nice. – So basically these
bikes, are 3-D printed. – So you can super-custom
design them and all that? – To the micromillimeter.
– Wow! – You can basically like
tap in the measurements of this bike and press print. And it will go make
the lugs for that bike. You then attach the tubes of carbon, and you’ve got your bike, smart build. – So you can get your
name printed into it? – It’s way beyond names dude. – Ooh, wow! – This is like actual lug
design, geometry design, strength, just like working
on brand new suspension ideas. They can just come up
with this stuff and do it. So, Atherton Bikes could
be very, very cool. It also means they won’t be holding stock. They’ll only have to build what is sold. – What’s being sold, yeah. – So it’s incredible, this idea. But it did get me thinkin’ about how do you build your own bike? ‘Cause these guys have got investors, they’ve got a guy from Dragon’s Den. – Oh, wow! – Piers, Piers someone. – [Jack] Linney. – Piers Linney. That’s the guy, Jack, thanks.
– That’s the guy. – Jack’s in contact with him. He’s got an idea about that. – He’s bought one I think.
– That website. That website you want to do. What’s it called? Don’t say it’s name. – [Jack] Stuff that weighs
the same as other stuff. – Yes,
– There you go. – Stuff that weights
the same as other stuff. He already owns the channel so
don’t try and beat him to it. But he’s lookin’ to get investment. Don’t think that’s gonna happen. – It’s not Dragon’s Den. Anyway, Anthem Bikes has got funding. That is gonna be rad. But I wanted to talk about, how do you produce your bike? Now I’ve got a little bit
of experience in that, haven’t I, Blake? – You have, you’ve designed your own bike. Ashton bikes, it was a trials bike. – Yeah, and– – The first design ever
with that low slung, the trials bike. – [Martyn] Yeah, we evolved
the trials rider design. We evolved the street trials zone. We got into a bit of dirt jump buildin’. You rode one of our bikes
in the Diamondback range. So, I started to think
about how I built bikes and that was really about
mass production in China, basically, low-cost. I had to buy a certain amount of frames then they build ’em, right? But, I thought there’s other ways to do it so I meet up with some guys in the office who happen to have a bit
of experience themselves and this is what they told me. Right, so as I said we’re gonna talk about creatin’ our own bikes and
I’ve got two experts here. I’ve got Tough and Claudio. They work on GMBN and EMBN behind the scenes. Very important, guys, and they’re very, very
busy actually as well. They do all the hard work but they’re also experts
in building bikes. Claudio, bamboo bikes. Tough done a bit of weldin’, steel builds and I’ve done aluminum builds. So, I thought we’d play a
little bit of Masterbiker. ♪ Da da da da, da dan ♪ – I came across bamboo bikes in Beijing. I moved over there and needed something to do with my time. Within a weekend, pretty much, you could build your
own bike from scratch, from having no prior knowledge
of anything whatsoever. All the joints are carbon
fiber and epoxy-wrapped and this one up front here, I had to redo. This is actually biotex flax. It’s a sort of hemp substitute. Each other part of any of the component goes into is metal so
there’s a metal head tube, metal insert here, bottom
bracket and dropouts. These are the bamboo
poles that we’re actually building a bike at the moment. This is the downtube. We use a dremel to actually get the miter in to
make it fit everything, make sure that connection
is nice and clean. It’s really difficult to make it fine. The wrapping of each of the
lugs is really difficult but once you actually get
into the swing of things, you build a few of them, that’s one of the
easiest, most satisfying. So start to finish, you can have a bike riding down the road that
looks a bit rough, 20 hours, that looks pristine, minimum 40 hours. And it’s amazing how much time the actual cleaning up
of the joints takes. Most rewarding thing is the fact that you built it yourself, I think. – Course this is when
you grab a bike, um yeah. It’s a steel frame, fillet brazed. Filet brazing is when you essentially glue these metals
together using brass, yes. So you just heab the tubes,
squidget in a bit like glue and it’s just a really
nice, easy way you can build a frame to whatever
dimensions you want. I actually learned this
at the bicycle academy, where the guy called Tom Sturdy and Ed, which were really cool,
showed me how to do it. And it’s pretty dranky at the moment but it will be finished soon. So it took me about 40
hours to build this frame. That’s probably ’cause
I’m quite slow at it and I didn’t really know that much about what I was doing
and it’s a lot of filing. The most enjoyable thing
about building it is like when you can get two tubes
to but together really nicely ’cause it takes quite a lot of work and, yeah, it’s nice
when that comes together. Well, and getting a bike
out of it, it’s like, that’s also the best thing. The geometry for me was, like, a little bit of a fun thing ’cause there’s a few Graber bikes on the market that are quite mountain-bikey already but I basically just wanted to see how far we could do with that. So really, really slack head angle, it’s actually 69 degrees. Actually went for boost
spacing on the rear as well, which is a bit funny ’cause
it might be quite tricky to get the chain laying right. Yeah, it’s just a fun experiment really. Don’t know how it’s gonna ride yet. So it’s not finished yet. I normally like Rule bikes
’cause they’re quite fun but it will get some paint on it soon. Let me know what you think. Yeah, so this is my first bike I’ve built. I’d like to maybe do a Duchamp hotter next just ’cause I’m quite particular
about that sort of thing. Yeah, it would be cool to move
onto a full suspension bike afterwards but that’s way harder with all the pivots and everything. Probably cost me a bit too much. Like a figure would be
two and half grand maybe. (cash register ringing) Three grand? – [Man] Ouch! – But that’s including, like,
a frame-building course. These tires are quite cool. They are a Remo from
the first Gemerray tire, which was one of the
original mountain bike tires. I want it to be nice. – Okay, so back in 2003, I
started my own bike brand, Ashton Bikes, and I produced trials bikes ’cause that was my area of expertise. This is an example of one of my bikes. This is the Ashton Justice, which is the first design that I created. Now I drew this bike in
my kitchen on a computer using Adobe Illustrator. I didn’t know how to
use CAD back in the day. And basically, I was ordering
as small amount of bikes as I possibly could from a Chinese factory that produced aluminum bikes. And basically, I didn’t speak Chinese and they didn’t speak
English anyways at all. It was for drawings so
I had to go to college, learn to use CAD because my
Adobe Illustrator drawings weren’t quite up to scratch and they didn’t know
what I was talking about. And you have to talk in
measurements, basically, so I basically gave ’em the
design for this bike code, measured it all out. What I wanted to do was
get a long and low bike, a really small seat
height so when that bike was up on its back wheel, it
would twist really quickly on the, when you’re hopping around on the back wheel for trials. Really high bottom bracket, short rear end so it would really twist when
you’re up on the back wheel. And a nice long reach at the front. That, over the years,
got longer and longer and if you look at any
competition trials bike now, it’s even longer. They’re incredibly long, those bikes now. I really love this design, still do. I created this little
plastic seat which hinted at my motorcycle trials background. The mold for this seat cost me a fortune. I actually had to borrow a lot of money off of my friends and family to buy it. And this mold still
exists in China somewhere, so if anyone wants to
buy some trials seats, let me know. I also produced another bike. This one’s one of my favorites. Another bike I produced was the Edd Tongue Special 24. Now this bike’s really interesting
because it was the first 24-inch wheeled street trials
bike and it was the precursor to bikes you see someone
like Danny MacAskill or Fabio Wibmer or Ally Clarkson riding now because there wasn’t such thing as street trials bikes back then. Danny Mack saw one of these, thought, I’d love one of ’em, and he got his mate Dave Cleaver at Inspired
Bikes to make him one and, well, the rest is history. So I like to claim my little bit of magic of Danny Mackness there. So, my experience is
building aluminum bikes. I wanted to produce, say, 50 at a time and the only way I
could do it was buy that minimum quantity order
over in the far east. Cheap, cheerful, but it works. So there we go, brilliant. You guys are geniuses. I actually think you’ve
done a better job than me. Your one looks sick even
though it’s not finished. – Yeah. – And your one, I just
love that you can grow a bike out of the ground. – Yeah, sort of. – That is incredible. Interestingly, you’ve both
said the most rewarding thing is getting these bits to match up. – Yeah, definitely. – That’s the most rewarding bit? – That’s like a puzzle. – Yeah. – It’s nice. – Yeah, so, I mean, if
ever there was evidence that you can produce your own bike, then these guys ‘ave
really done incredible jobs and those bikes are amazing. I can’t wait to see
this one come together. – Yeah. – It’s gonna be awesome. So, you’ve got no excuses. You gonna build your own bike? Yes or no? Let us know in the comments
section down below. – Aaaah. Good day.
– Nice – The bamboo bike’s super sick. But Tough’s bike. I do like how he’s hand-brazed
all those weld-ons. – It’s very cool, isn’t it? – It looks super cool. – I like the steel design,
like the steel design. – Very hip. – Yeah, I do like it. Very nice, very nice. – I still got one of your
bikes hanging up in my garage. Aw, thanks man. And I do like the bamboo bike. I like it you can just
grow it out the floor. That’s hilarious. That is brilliant. Um, right, we should
take a look at some news so we’re gonna jump to the future, which isn’t now but is, well, – [Jack] Then. – Then. – Over there. (tools clanging) – So what’s happening in the world of mountain bikes this week? Well, we’ve had some more photos of those Atherton bikes,
a nice side-on view, of that Dave Wiggle designed bike. Twenty-niner looking long and slack. They’re also on Treks Stuff brakes. I’ve heard really good
things about those brakes, super powerful, back on Continental tires and stands, no tubes. Couple of amazing videos
have dropped this week. This first one is from Bradon Bringhurst and this is in Moab, ridden like you’ve never seen before on a canyon’s backdrop. And an amazing video,
as you’ve come to expect from Kriss Kyle and Red Bull, riding in Dubai, jumpin’
out of helicopters, going down water parks,
it’s flippin’ amazin’. DarkFEST is here. There’s been loads of
great posts on Instagram, social media, coming from the event but unfortunately, here’s
one of Sam Reynolds. The course is on ad organizer, having a massive, well, bail off his bike and breaking his wrist, unfortunately. He’s out of surgery on that,
so best of wishes to Sam. Can’t wait to see what
happens in the event. (tools clanging) – Okay, quiz time. I love this quiz, right, so
I went down to Kickstarter. I was looking for fun
things that are being built in mountain biking, great ideas, right. I didn’t find many,
but I found some things that maybe got funded
or maybe they didn’t. So on Kickstarter, you go on there, you say how much you want to raise. – Yep. – And then there basically
is like a month window where you can, if you raise
the money in that time, you get it from all the people who’ve said they’ll give you some money. – Oh. – But if you don’t raise it in that time, it’s not funded and that’s the end of it. – The project gets canceled. – So I’ve got these products, right? And I’ll tell you when and
how much they were looking for – Okay. and you’ve got to tell me
whether they got funded or not. – Okay. – Right okay. So, the first one here is
the Shock Stop seatpost. Look at this. – [Blake] Look at that. What do you think of that? – [Martyn] Okay, so you sit
on it, it bounces up and down as you’re ridin’. It takes the shock out of the riding but, because of that linkage,
it means that you’re not losing the sort of pedal
stroke like you would if it was just the shocks
sticking straight up in your butthole. – Yeah, yeah. Okay, I like that but I don’t like that. But that looks good. – Yeah, you like-
– I take that back. – I like that. – So the question is, right,
these guys at Shock Star were looking for twenty
grand, $20,000, right, to get it started. ‘Tis a lot of money. They need $20,000 and this was in 8.2018. Blake, did this get funded or no? – Mr. Ashton, I think they funded it. – You’re right. (bell rings) It did get funded. Not only did it get funded
but in that first month, they raised how much? – So they wanted twenty grand? – They got 2,000 backers. How much did they raise? Come on, come on. Guessin’? – 56 grand? – 56 grand. Jack? – [Jack] 25. – Neil, in the back there, skyvin’? – [Neil] 35. – 430,000! – Whoa! – That’s how much they raised. That’s how much they raised. That’s the truth, right. Next- – No way! – Next, we have got, look at this thing. Look at this thing. – [Blake] What the hell is that? – This is the Infinity
Saddle, the Infinity Saddle. So basically, the idea is- – Infinity said they’d never come back. – your bum bones kind of hang like in a hammock situation. – Oh, okay. – And it basically means
that you don’t get as tired a backside, so. – Right, or just buy one of
these cool ergon saddles, they’re even better. That looks terrible. – Yeah. Let the Infinity Saddle
was lookin’ for $25,000 in October 2013. So it’s a while back. – Right.
– It’s a while back. Now at a month to raise the money, did they raise 25 grand? – You know what, being super unique, funny saddle, no. – No, it didn’t get funded from Blake. Jack in the back? – [Jack] No. – Neil, Neil, no, no, right? Let me just get the answer up. The answer is it got funding. (buzzer sounds) It got funded. The Infinity Seat was funded in November- – Well done. – 2013. Successfully raise how much
from a thousand backers? – How much were they asking for? – 25 grand, a lot. – Oooh, wow. – For the Infinity Saddle. – Well, if the other one got four, – Any guess? – A hundred grand, because
there’s a lot of crazy- – 188,000 pounds. (coins clinging) – 188,000 pounds? – 188,000 pounds, right. The last one- – I like that saddle now. – It’s good, isn’t it? – I bet they like it, clever. Um, right, now the last one is this. Spurcycle bicycle bell. It’s a bicycle bell. – [Blake] Now I do like that. – But it’s a bicycle bell. It’s not a new idea.
– But it looks different. – They were looking for $20,000 to make this bicycle bell in August 2013. Did they get funded or not? – I would fund that. – That’s what I’m asking you, you’d fund $20,000? – I wouldn’t pay 25 grand for a bell. – They were looking for that money, the Spurcycle, in August 2013. Got funded. (bell clings) – Yes! – They raised $330,000. – For a bell! – And the initial funding of 20 grand was raised in 24 hours. – Wow!
– Exactly! – Silence. What is going on Kickstarter? – But, that bell’s real hip. I like that. It’s not like one of
those big burger bells. – It’s a bell. – It looks cool. (cowbell rings) – Twenty grand? You wanna fund that? Should we do kick, – Really hurt my knuckles right then. Right, it’s time for some Fails and Bails while we recover from the
shocks of Kickstarter. Take a look at these crashes. (crashing sounds) (lighthearted instrumental music) (people laughing) – Send of the Week, Mr. Ashton, this has kicked off the week so good. – It’s great, isn’t it? Yeah, I mean, if you’ve
got a Send of the Week or a Fail/Bail, or a Hack
or a Bodge, or a Bike Vault, remember you can send
’em in to the uploader. The link is down below. You go to the GMBN uploader and you put in all of your
videos and photos in there. We love seeing what you’re doing and Send of the Week, like you said, is going off.
– I love it. – It’s kickin’ off. – We’re gettin’ see. And this is great ’cause everyone can do a Send of the Week. All you go to do is go a little bit harder than you normally do and video it. Show us it. Show us your triumphs. Um, got a good one this week, didn’t we? – We have. It’s comin’ in from Carlos. He’s got a CUBE Stereo 140 Race. He’s from Monsanto, Forest
Park in Lisbon, Portugal. And he’s recently built this new jump, so you didn’t have any reference to how more fast he needed to go to hit it, right. So he just sent it. – So, hello, is a nasty looking jump. – That’s a chasm. – Here we go. Let’s see what he does, if he makes it. – [Both] Whew! – Do you know, it’s a
wide angle so it’s quite. I just hear what. – Go a little bit faster. – He only just made that. Now that is a Send, that
was literally millimeters from disaster and that is a horrible hole fall down. – And to guinea pig
something with not knowing what the speed is like. – Fair play. Send of the Week. I like that. – [Both] Send of the Week. – Fair play. Ah, that’s what we’re all
gonna be doing from now on. Send, like it. Neil? (mumbles) – Didn’t think you were. – Didn’t think you would. That’s right, we will. Neil will be doing it emotionally. – Yeah
– We will, we’ll be. – With his eyes like that. – So, that was a great Send of the Week. We haven’t quite worked
out what we’re gonna give senders yet. – It’s coming. – But when you’re a sender,
then we will think of a prize but we’re just working on it. We’re just working on it. We’re gonna come up with something good. – I think it’s going to be really cool. – But Carlos, that was fantastic. – Well done, Carlos. – You got a Send, send it in. (metal clanging) ♪ Hacks and Bodges, Hacks n’ Bodges. ♪ ♪ Hacks and Bodges, Hacks n’ Bodges. ♪ – Leave me hangin’. – Neil. – Yes, Hacks and Bodges time
with Chain Reaction Cycles. We’re givin’ away 100 pounds. – 100 pounds. – To the best hack or bodge. (cowbell rings) From this week. And if you want to get involved
and try to win this money, nothing’s stoppin’ ya. We’re startin’ off with
Daniel, who’s done this. – What is that? – Well, what he’s done here is he’s got a naked old shoe that he’d
was found was really comfy, wanted a really pair,
grippy pair of shoes. – It looked like a pair of Nikes. – But it was just an old pair of trainers but, so, what he did was he cut up and stuck a bit of good
geo rubber on there. – [Blake] Where’d he get
that good geo rubber from? You can buy that? – You can buy that. Ten pounds, brand new pair
of super grippy shoes. – Now that is a hack. – That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? – Very cool. – Pretty cool. It looks quite neat too. – It looks very, I thought
it was part of the shoe. – No, he’s done a very good job. Well done, Daniel! You are in the running- [Jack] Ouch! – For one hundred pounds. How does that feel? Pretty good. – Not good for that. – Blake, what have you got? – Well, this one. – Jack should have caught that. – This one, very cool. This is from the Peaceful Goon. – Look at that. – This guy comes out of Spain. What’s he did, he spent two Euros on a fisheye lens for his phone. And he’s a beginner mountain biker, he loves downhilling and he wanted to capture some of his stuff. – Oh, look , we got footage. Look at this.
– Look at that. – [Martyn] Oh, it’s great. – [Blake] Pretty cool, huh?. So that’s right in front. It’s from his phone – [Martyn] All right, that’s brilliant. – Yeah, and he bought this chest mount for ten Euros? – Brilliant and that’s amazing. – It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? – I like that a lot, I mean, – I like that. – It’s neat. – And it matches his coat so you don’t even know he’s filming. – Ah, that’s very clever. Very clever. – [Jack] Ouch! – Peaceful Goon, you’re in the running. We got, I don’t know who I’m gonna choose between those two. Last up, we have got Jon’s- (signal beep) – Okay, last up we have
got Jon’s Cannondale. – Well, I don’t see the
mudguard from last week’s show. – [Martyn] No, it’s not the same one. It’s not the same one. – I see what’s he done. – Jon has created a bump
stop out of roadie grip tape and it’s stopping his left, he’s swingin’ around and bangin’ his frame on the left-hand side. It’s good, isn’t it? Just to keep the color away go and he’s got a little bit
’round the chain station – I like that, I like that. – Just to make it look cool. And it actually it does look like he’s had a bit of a paint job on it. – It does look like he’s had a paint job. – It’s very good, it’s very good. I don’t think this meets
up to Peaceful Goon and Daniel’s level. It’s good. – That’s good because, – That’s good and I’ll tell
you what, it’s a sick bike but it’s not enough. – No. – So, we’re pickin’ between
Peaceful Goon and Daniel. Blake, over to you. Ring the bell for whoever’s
gettin’ 100 pounds. (Blake sighs) I love doing this. A voucher for Chain
Reaction cycles coming to. – Daniel. (cowbell rings) Daniel. – Boom. – You could use that hundred pounds. – [Martyn] Sorry, fireworks going on. – You can use that hundred pounds to buy a nice pair of riding shoes. – Yes, yes. And keep those ones you’ve made spare or just spend it on something else. Who knows.
– Yeah. – Let us know what you do spend it on. It would be good to know. – [Man Offscreen] Damn, Daniel! – Yeah, if you want to get involved in Hacks and Bodges, make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity. You could win a hundred
pounds, it’s a lot of fun. Let’s keep the show going now. Um, Blake, have you subscribed to GMBN? – I have, yes. – You have? – Yeah, for two-. – I have. If you’re out there and
you’re watching this and you haven’t, duh. – What are you doing? – Duh, what you doing? Hit subscribe because we want you here. We want you, we want your Pavard gang. Want to reel you in and
get you mountain biking, get you out on the trails. – Don’t forget to hit the little bell so you get notification every
time we send out a video. – Absolutely. Right, it’s time for caption contest. (metal clanging) Caption contest time. Your chance to win, – Ooooh, fresh water bottle. – Nice, nice, from Camelbak, very cool. – Not that one though. – Blake, this week, of course last week there was this weird photo – [Blake] My pet elephant was telling me how to tie my shoelaces. – That is so weird, it’s so weird. It’s got so strange on
the caption contest. I don’t know what’s going on. We only had one kind of caption that really… – Okay. – Even had anything to do with Earth, or people or elephants. – Right – Right, and it came in
from Mabecka, and it’s, uh “Oh, it’s Cyclo Cross,
not psycho cross!!!” – ‘Cause you’re getting
ready for Cyclo-cross. – Yeah, I get it. – Anyway, Mabecka, it was
a terrible caption photo. We just have what we got.
– But the best one. – You’re the winner of GMBN water bottle on its way to you! If you would like to
win a GMBN water bottle, you can try like this. Oh man, we got to get better at catchin’. We’re terrible. – Oh, wow, Jack. You are terrible, man. I oughta knock you out. – This week’s caption
contest where you can also win a GMBN water bottle,
there’s a lot of this. This week’s photo is coming
from one of our viewers. We’re going to use on of our viewers. It’s from Tate. I want a caption for this photo, Blake. Look at this. Boom! – [Blake] Oh wow, now that is cool. – [Martyn] Free the trees. Like I got a caption for that one. I’m gonna say, Splitting the hairs. – Now that is good. – That’s a quite good one, isn’t it? Splitting the hairs? – Timber! – Timber! Yeah, that’s two good ones to beat. Can you beat ’em? Can you win this water bottle? This one right here. Put it in the captions down
below in the comments section and you’re in the game. You’re in the running. Good luck. (clanging metal) Okay, let’s have a look at
what you guys have been saying on the channel this week
and this is interesting, because remember in Hacks
and Bodges last week, right, we were looking at that
chainwhip made of a knife. – [Blake] Oh yeah, that’s, no. – [Ashton] And we were saying,
no, they’re great though because how did you ever
get a cassette off the bike before you had a chainwhip? What came first? – Chicken or the egg? – Yeah, so we were like, how’d you do it? But, guess who got in touch? Alex Gasgow. Okay, so he’s the
teammate of Mark Beaumont from last week who did his
first mountain bike race. The guy who rode ’round the world faster than anybody ever has. Well, Alex is his experienced
mountain-biking friend. He’s a great rider and very experienced, and he sent in a comment! – He sent in a comment? – He said, Thanks for chatting
about Mark and me riding- – You’re welcome. – And keeping their plans under wraps, ’cause they’ve got big plans. But I have to disagree
about the chainwhip, right? He’s saying, right, You don’t need one. He cycle toured 25,000 km
in Africa when he was young. Whenever he needed to
take the cassette off, which he had to do often, he’d take his shoelace off of his shoe and tie the cassette to the spokes on both sides of the
wheel, holding it tight, and he said you could just
use a cassette extractor nut and whip it off, brilliant. – Now that’s coming from a
man with a lot of experience. – A lot of experience. He’s done it out on the road. It works. You don’t need a chainwhip after all. – What? – ♪ Du-dah. ♪ Thank you, Alex. – That’s a hack! – That is great, it’s great. Alex, thanks for getting in touch and good luck with all those plans. It sounds amazing. I’m looking forward to hearing about it. Right, also, on this challenge week’s spotted by Cy Richardson. Check this out. This is a great bit of advice. I really think this is awesome, right, and we should take this seriously. And Cy Richardson spotted it from GCN so he knows what he’s talking about. Look at this idea alert. Cyling Science put this tweet out, saying you can trusta
medic called Doctor Hurt. Read this advice on using
the hydration bladder, right, in your backpack as an air splint when someone out on the
trail has broken a bone. – Oh, no way, now that is clever. – Isn’t that great? So when you hurt yourself, you’ve like broke a wrist
or sank or an ankle, or some out on the trail or something, use your water bottle. You blow it up so it’s like a big balloon, but a bit, it’s got a
bit of compliance in it. Put the limb in it,
tape the limb into that and then it keeps it nice and safe while you get off the trail. Clever, right? Cy Richardson, he’s a genius. – He’s a genius, wow. – Nice work. (metal clanging) – What’s coming up on the
channel this week, Mr. Ashton? – I have no idea. – You looking forward to anything? – [Ashton] I dunno, tell me all about it. – [Blake] Wow, worst trail etiquette ever. – [Martyn] Oh, no. – [Blake] What not to
do, what’s the worst. – [Martyn] And who’s doing that? Yeah, I thought so. That sounds about right. – There’s a lot coming up on the channel so keep an eye out for it. – Yeah. What about the bench challenge? Is that happening? – Oh, that might be happening, yes. One bench, one bike. Can you ride it as much as possible? – Oh yeah. – With trials and tricks, and, – Bench, man. You can’t beat the bench for bike trials. Great stuff coming up on
the channel this week. Lots of bing bong. It’s gonna be exciting. Make sure you don’t miss it. I love getting posts. – Whoa, where did that come from? – Yes, yes. Here we go. We’ve got some posts. GMBN, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1, 2AP. Send this stuff in. Right, here we go. – Here’s the address. – There we are. Right, we have got a letter here, okay. This is from Jack Washington. I’m sending this key ring. – Key ring? Because I really like watching your videos and I’m inspired to ride like
you all, especially Blake. I made the key ring at school with laser, cut it in my
Design and Technology. My favorite video is where
Martyn went to Whistler. It’s also my favorite video. – It’s my favorite. – And here is the, – Look at that. – The key ring he made, nice. Jack Wrightson. Nice one, Jack. (metal clanging) – [Blake] Bike vault. (cowbell rings) – What’s that? – Here we go. – [Both] YT – Nice. This is Neil Jeff’s, see, Treton Water Park, South Manchester. – He cased it. – Yeah, he has cased it, yes. Tested new drive chain and
burnin’ off some mince pies. Fair play, Neil. – No, no, that’s, I like the, I like YT. – That’s super nice. – That’s super nice. (cowbell rings) – I like that
– Super nice. – Next, oh! – I’m gonna give it straightaway. (cowbell rings) – Wait, wait. – What? – No, no, not yet. Nah, this is super nice. This is Chris, specialized
Fatboy, Davenport, Iowa. We had a light fluffy
snow which is perfect for Fatboy riding. Now, Blake, I just wanna say, it’s great. I love a Fatboy but so
small in the picture. So tiny, so tiny. – He’s trying to get the, – The specter of the snow
and the, you know, I … Go on then. – Super nice! (cowbell rings) – I just don’t know about it. – I like- – Whoa! – Okay, we’ve had two bikes we said no. There is five bikes. – Oh my god, Jesus Christ. – Is that one guy showing
off his whole bike range? – Shane’s YETI SB 5 – One from the, two from the left. – Just looking at that specific bike, now. Zooming in on the YETI. George Washington National
Forest, Virginia, USA. Shopping with my friends on December 30th. Oh, I like this. A group all riding. They’re all out havin’ a good
time and it’s an amazing view. It’s an amazing view, Blake. – Super nice view? – I dunno if we can give a super nice to a shot with five bikes. – No. – Five bikes, five bikes. – Five bikes? – We thought two was crazy. – You know, it’s nice. – It’s nice. And now you’d usually give
that (noise drowns out words) – Who’s been doing the
bike vault this week? Jack. – Jack, were you doing
the bike vault this week? – There’s no pool of
bikes in the bike vault. – You couldn’t even know,
what are those bikes? I don’t even know what they are. – This is also Shane. This is also Shane. Calm down, it’s Shane. – What’re you doing, Shane? – Shane put in two photos. Fair enough. All right, still the same one. It’s the YETI. It’s still nice. – Nice. – Okay, right, next up. We have got, ooh, – I thought that was an
Evite, but that’s a Canyon. – Canyon Spectral, Sam’s Canyon Spectral. – I like that little sandwich box. – It’s like a motorcycle tank, isn’t it? – Yeah! – I really like it. – I like, what are you gonna give it, man? – It’s nice. – It’s really nice. – It’s nice. It’s so nice. – I’d say it’s Super Nice! (cowbell rings) – [Both] Yay! – Mateo’s GT Sanction. It’s big, it’s orange, it’s in Stockholm. It’s Super Nice! (cowbell rings) – Curt and Specialized Epic
FSR, Wheel Torch edition. That’s like a special Olympics version. – Look at that mudguard, it’s crazy. – Yeah, this is in Wetsikahn. That’s in Switzerland. – That’s freezing there. – And when he’s tired, Sweatsolon. (laughing) I’d say that’s nice. – It’s nice. – Nice. – Expensive but nice.
– Very expensive. – Is it more than that actually? – Mmmm, nah. Nice. – Oh my god, look at ‘at Fatty. Look at that. – It’s a trek. – It’s snowing as well. – Ontario, Canada days. It’s
mmm, that’s all I’ve got. – Mmmmmmm. – [Both] Super Nice! (cowbell rings) – I love it, love it. Well in the Super Nice this week. – This is Kerry’s Commencal Meta HT. Aurora Park
– Now that is very nice. – That is an absolute
beast of a hight tail, do anything. It a bit like my Nukeproof Scout. I like that bike. – It starts with an S, it ends in an E. It’s Super Nice! (cowbell rings) (fireworks whistling) – Right, it’s position time. It’s your chance to win a
great bundle of WD-40 product. This is from their bike range. Of course, they’re famous for their fantastic water
displacement product but this is their specific bike range and it will take care of
your bike all year round. Ten of you can win all of this. First off, we have got
some, oh, it’s degreaser. – Ooh, we’ve got bike cleaner. – Bike cleaner. We have got, this looks like a lube. It’s a dry lube. – And we’ve got oil lubricant. – And coming in at the
end, we’ve got a wet lube so you can win all of this. Ten of you. There’s ten packs of this. All year round care package. So, go to the link in
description down below. It’s your chance to win. There’s a lot there to win. Best of luck and, of course, you still get a chance to win the Nukeproof jacket – [Both] And the jumper. – The jumper that you
had, very nice stuff. You got two more days, so you can hit the link
in description down below for that as well, if you’d like. Competitions galore, Blake. – Let’s go mad. – Stop it. Cut it out.
– We can clean the shit. – It’s like deodorant for the bikes. Whoa, whoa. – That is really good fun. Thank you for watching.
– Yes. – So. – It’s been brilliant. – We’re gonna go- – It smells so good in here. – Yes, we’ve WD-40’d the whole place. And it’s smells fantastic. We are gonna go and build a bike together. – Yes, we are. – We’re gonna go off and build bikes. We’re gonna come up with our
own brand and everything, just like the Athertons. You can stick with GMBN. If you want, you can click here to see Blake’s Snowdonia Epic, which is absolutely incredible. 2019 team changes, just
over there by Blake. – Don’t forget to click the globe to subscribe ’cause you’re missin’ out. – Yeah, and, um, give us thumbs. – Give us the thumbs up like. – See you next week. (metal clanging)

100 comments on “Build Your Own Mountain Bike | Dirt Shed Show Ep. 205

  1. I had an Ashton justice exactly like the one in this video a few years back and it’s the one bike I regret selling most really wish I’d kept it 🙁

  2. Made a bamboo singlespeed flatbar street bike myself two years ago… Destroyed some old steel frames for the junctions and added bamboo for 7(!)€ in between. It's an amazing bike to ride and was a nice project to get through winter… When you have the possibility to build a frame yourself, do it! It's a great experience!

  3. Could u guys make a Fat Bike fitted with motorcycle racing tires? U know the thick one for racing then can u show us some low banking skills where you actually bank like sideways?

  4. Ive been wanting to build a super slack hardtail MTB for awhile now! Been looking into a steel build but what I've been worried about is the integrity of the bike — I've been considering doing a braze with a high strength brazing rod. I hear a lot of contradicting information about the braze (if done properly) would be very strong and would hold up, but I've also heard the opposite and if building a steel bike it needs to be welded…

    I've already come up with a design and got the angles figured, spent MANY hours just in the design… Head angle 64-65*, Front suspension 150-160mm travel, seat tube angle 74*, BB drop 44mm, BB height 335mm, TTE 645mm…. many other measurements obviously, but I love riding hardtails and want to to build a really aggressive, slack hardtail with 150-160mm travel.

  5. What is a good weight for a hardtail mountain bike, FRAME ONLY…. when I try to compare other bikes and weights I have a hard time finding just the frame weight. Usually it tends to be a complete bike weight that's recorded.

  6. When I was 18, I actually built a bike from Aluminum, I was a trainee engineer at the time. I used my mate's hardtail as the guide. Tig Welded it together, made it from square tube. Made it in about 3 months – got all the parts on it, forks etc – jumped on it, and the bottom bracket tube, where it connects to the chainstay – basically the weld cracked – it last about 4 hours. My Engineer Trainer signed me off for Tig welding NVQ…. 😂🙄

  7. I don't say it enough but I love these vids. Keep 'em coming! And did you guys film on a new camera??? Or do you just look THAT GOOD?

  8. I didn't really know where to put this comment… Two things – first Martyn, I watched your TED talk and was quite moved. I'm a stage 4 cancer fighter/survivor/patient and cycling (road, gravel and Mtb) is my savior, and has helped me be the most righteous cancer patient on the planet. Your absolutely right when you say "In Disaster There is Opportunity", although for many this can be a tough row to come by. I thinka lot of people get wrapped up in what may be, instead of understanding just how brilliant the here and now truly is. Second, I have a request for your crazy fun fails and bails – I'd love to see a show where you take some of the most memorable fails and bails and analyze them from the standpoint of what went wrong. In other words, help us 'amateurs' understand what not to do. Anyway, keep up the brilliance.

  9. Martyn, that's a scary way to build bikes. If you want quality out of China (especially back then), you need "boots on the ground" (your people at the factory overseeing everything). What you described is really a buyers nightmare. 🙂 And aluminium alloys are actually quite tricky if you want durability (you need right alloy, right process, good design as far as stresses, it's no joke). Personally, I would probably go for steel if I wanted to build a frame. That's fairly foolproof. I love titanium, but it's not only expensive, it's really tricky (you really have to know what you're doing or the frame is going to be a disaster, an expensive disaster).

  10. Atherton didn't come up with the idea of 3D printing bike lugs to order,Bastion cycles have been doing it for a long time.
    Atherton have just copied Bastion Bikes.

  11. Yep, was even discussing details with a Taiwanese manufacturer at that time. As for chain wips – don't need one really. Don't need to bother with shoe lace too, all you need is a rag to protect your hand against the teeth, unless, of course, you run a Rohloff hub.

  12. that spur cycle bell I bought on kickstarter. they were "only" 3 months late delivering, which I considered really good (knowing how parts like that are made). it's been constantly sold out ever since at a retail price of over $70cdn. it's also been branded as the chris king bell in red… sooo…. yeah, that was a success I think 🙂

  13. Caption Comp….
    Wood You Believe It!!!!!
    Or …
    'V'… For Victory….
    Veeeerrry Good….
    Send For VIctory…
    Or Victory V

  14. #askgmbn #askgmbntech What are your thoughts on angle headsets? I'd like to make my trail bike slightly slacker to tackle more aggressive riding but don't want to take away the feeling of the frame geometry as designed? Would be great to get a reply, thanks!

  15. Hi guys, love your videos, they make me think I can ride really well (until I try)! I really likes Neil's recent manual video staring Tom. Watching so many vids by you guys when you can do stuff perfectly it almost feels demoralizing to not nail stuff, so to see Tom's progression gives something to relate to, you should def consider more non-superhuman riders in your vids! If Blake wants to do a vid teaching me to jump I'm up for that! 😉

  16. I have a spur cycle bell. Cost me an arm and a leg. Don't regret the purchase a bit – best component on my commuter bike – seriously love that thing.

  17. I have built about 12 bike frames with brazing and about 12 trailers for bike use. I even delivered 250 daily papers in Mesa AZ using one of my trailers. This is one of my recumbent bikes.
    I liked building Mountain bikes best and raced several as well as supplied several for ranked Arizona riders both men and women. I liked the challenge to build what the rider wanted if reasonable. I studied a lot to get quality.

  18. 40 hours😲I guess fir 1 offs thats ok. My granddad used to build steel frames from 1 hours to 5 hours but thats experienced.

  19. That bell is actually pretty awesome. I have a buddy that has one and it's suuuuuper loud. It will for sure get peoples attention.

  20. Damn it man I love Martin's (or is it Martyn) attitude. Always positive, optimistic, and happy. You're a boss. Total inspiration just by being on the show.

  21. Hi! I build my own bikes( and trikes and quads) since1999! They are quite heavy but indistructibles! I make even my suspended quadrilateral forks. Every were I lived they were pretty admired and people said: super! Its madmax bike! 😀 some time in a while a friend of mine find a picture of one my bike even on the net by people who see it chained to a pole! Nice! Thanks for your channel

  22. In case anyone wants to know the real answer, the chainwhip came first. Chainwhips were being used to remove fixed gear cogs long before cassetes were ever thought of.

  23. Hey Martyn, The Ashton justice looks like a great trials bike, are you still selling them? I would most certainly enjoy a trails bike to mess around with in my neighborhood if you could give me the website name, that would be great!

  24. Hey guys! Great content! Thank you! love your attitude and you 2 are a fiery duo. I have a question: Could you suggest a good entry level hardtail frame under 200-150 e ? straight steerer and standard qr axles. Thank you and keep on the great work!

  25. i am planning on to making an agressive hardtail frame my self at some point, i have quite a bit experience in tig welding so i should be good

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