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US handbuilt steel road and cyclocross frames from Columbus, Ohio

Wraith Fabrications are a new company hailing from Columbus, Ohio offering handbuilt steel road and cyclocross frames at production frame costs. Founder Adam Eldridge has been building fully custom frames under the Stanridge name for the last five years, some of his frames have been ridden to success in events like the Red Hook Crit, a popular fixed wheel criterium.

Where Wraith Fabrication differs from his previous work is in his aim to offer US handbuilt frames at production frame costs, with stock sizes, free fittings, shorter waiting times and free shipping (though that last one probably doesn’t apply outside of the US). They also aim to undercut the price of “every other made in the USA bespoke production frame made from comparable steel.”

“Our machines are made here in the USA by hand,” says Adam Eldridge, “we’re celebrating the brotherhood. It’s about the ride. It's about getting more folks on a crazy nice frame. We want to see where you ride. We want to hear about your adventures. It’s an honest, sincere desire to fit folks on the best bikes possible. No over design, just simple items made from the best materials available.”

At launch are two frames, the Hustle road bike and Paycheck cyclocross frame. Both are constructed from Columbus tubesets, the Hustle uses Life tubing with Life S-bend stays, while the Paycheck uses the same main triangle but with Zona S-bend stays. Both make use of the new Columbus FEL 1.5 in tapered fork. There aren't any photos of the Paycheck at the moment though, just the Hustle road bike you can see on this page.

The Hustle costs $1,090 and uses a 27.2mm seatpost and has clearance for up to 25mm tyres. It uses a regular threaded external bottom bracket and tapered 1.125in - 1.5in head tube. It’s available in three sizes, 52, 55 and 57cm.

The Paycheck boosts tyre clearance up to 35mm with cantilever brakes, 27.2mm seatpost and threaded bottom bracket. Both frames will share the same paint job and graphics. The Paycheck also costs $1,090 and is available in three sizes.

Check them out at http://wraithfabrication.com

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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CanAmSteve [252 posts] 2 years ago
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And I thought Americans were tall.

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SamShaw [265 posts] 2 years ago
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Very, very nice. Another contender on the imaginary "I'm going to buy a steel bike" wishlist. Love the flat grey and black paint. That headtube is lovely too.

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Dapper Giles [69 posts] 2 years ago
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My word that is a pretty bike.

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pedalpowerDC [334 posts] 2 years ago
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I already don't trust those welds. A friend had a Stanridge head tube sheer off about 150m into the bike's first CX race. He shattered his collarbone.

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Dapper Giles [69 posts] 2 years ago
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Is it just me or does it remind anyone else of the Cinelli XCR?

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s_lim [177 posts] 2 years ago
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This is a gorgeous looking frame, but once again, no weight provided. Geometry seems nice and racy, so would be a shame if it weighed a tonne

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belgravedave [268 posts] 2 years ago
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Masterclass in marketing a brand, 10/10.

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fukawitribe [1739 posts] 2 years ago
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The Hustle .... has clearance for up to 25mm tyres.

Seriously ? Isn't that a little limiting ?

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Adam Eldridge [3 posts] 2 years ago
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fukawitribe wrote:
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The Hustle .... has clearance for up to 25mm tyres.

Seriously ? Isn't that a little limiting ?

Thanks for noticing. As with many measurements in the industry there is no congruence between labels and actual casing measurements between brands. We're managing expectations and being careful in our statements.

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Adam Eldridge [3 posts] 2 years ago
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s_lim wrote:

This is a gorgeous looking frame, but once again, no weight provided. Geometry seems nice and racy, so would be a shame if it weighed a tonne

Good morning. Thanks for the warm compliment. A size Medium comes in at 1.54kg.

Best, Adam

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Adam Eldridge [3 posts] 2 years ago
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CanAmSteve wrote:

And I thought Americans were tall.

 1 We're being very careful with sizing as we're a bit worried about leaving frames on the shipping dock. Today we introduced the next wave of frames with a few minor tweaks to the sizing.

Thank You.