FR-213: Appleman-style Bikepacking
Ahoy Matey! Appleman's got an over the top adventure bike to take you places you've never been.
Tour Divide? BC Epic 1000? ...this bike was designed to conquer mega-rides.
Nobody wants to get stuck in the middle-of-nowhere and nobody wants to ride slow, that's why this bike is designed from the ground up for maximum durablity and to outlast you on the trail.
What's with the name?
Short for "Fire Road 213". One fall, I was unable to finish a cyclocross race because of a mud-packed drivetrain. Unable to let go of the equipment let-down, I had a vision, a revelation, a true lightbulb-above-the-head while riding on FR-213 that I could build better bike, a more robust bike, something that is more bombproof than ever before.
Located in the national forest of northern Wisconsin, FR-213 is a real gem
Clearances and Components
The FR-213 is a carefully choreographed arrangement between frame and components. Built around a Rohloff Speedhub, the most durable drivetrain component ever produced. The internal gears keep much of the drivetrain clean and an outboard chainline allows for the option to run fat tires while still having a huge gear range.
Remember folks, these are custom bikes your bike can have it's own mix of special parts
WIDE tires, NARROW cranks
Step off that horse partner onto some normal q-factor cranks. With a carefully scultped chain stay, the FR-213 fits up to 95mm tires with a standard 168Q mountain bike crank! This is more comfortable, more common, and provides better ergonomics for long days in the saddle.
650B x 75mm (27.5 x 3") tire shown
Terrifically Toughened Tubing
I know a lot of people are saying, "carbon bikes break all the time". Appleman's are designed to be tougher than most bikes, in fact, the FR-213 has a specially designed tubeset for a 400% increase in impact resistance when compared to our already high impact resistance "standard" frames.
Specs and Options
The great part about a custom bike is you get to make it yours! Maybe you want a chain instead of a belt and mechanical disc brakes instead of hydros... I feel ya! The most versatile bike in the world is bound to have plenty of options and customizations.
Drop bar / Flat bar
26", 27.5", 29" wheels
2.0-3.8" width tires (mountain, plus, fat)
Rohloff hub or Derailleur setup
Carbon Dropouts:QRx135, Thru 12x142, boost
Titanium, wood, carbon, printed fiberglass logos
Frame pack/bag integration mounts
Chain or Belt Drive compatible
T47 BB, $200
Custom carbon fiber aesthetic
Complete bike build
and many more...
some options may add cost, please contact me for more info
Custom layup/Custom Geometry
Terrifically Tough Tubing
Nude carbon finish
Non-Creak Press Fit 30 BB
27.2 or 31.6mm seat post
25 year warranty
$6000 frame + headset