Ordering a frame is a fun and unique experience. Since Appleman Bicycles is a one-man shop you have one point of contact: me. I answer your emails and phone calls, do the design, engineering and fabrication! Whether you have a list of questions, or aren’t sure where to start, contact me and let me know what kind of bike you're looking for.


Appleman Custom Frame Pricing

Road / All Road / CX frame + fork + headset = $6000
Mountain / Fat frame + headset = $6500


Ride through the ordering process


1. Let’s Chat

You've got questions. I've got answers! We can chat about lead time, technical details, and big-picture questions to see if Appleman will be a good match for you. I like to get to know you, your riding style, and how you want to use your bike.

I work with riders all over the world and have developed a knack in communicating and designing custom geometry from afar. No matter where in the world you're from, I'm happy to work with you.

2. Deposit

A $1000 deposit is required to officially start the process. The deposit solidifies your spot in the queue and shifts gears into the design process for geometry, tubing layup, and component selection. Let me know when you’re ready and I’ll send you an invoice.

3. Forms

The comprehensive fit forms provide me with much of the info I need to design your frame such as insight into your expectations, frame fit, and riding style. Additional info from professional fittings or current bike geometry is also helpful.

Get started on your fit forms

4. Design

I take a great deal of time to optimize your riding position on the bike. Once the fit is in place, I use a swath of engineering calculations, programs, and good ol' experience to design a custom tube set for you. Last but not least, we'll finalize the components for a complete or partial bike build.

5. Approval

Uffda! Now that the design phase is complete, I'll send you the Appleman Approval Form. This is a document that contains every piece of information about the frame: frame geometry, CAD drawing, finish notes, components build, and an invoice. You get all of this in advance so there are no surprises when you unpack your bike. Once you approve, I get your tubing made and components ordered! Upon approval, a 50% deposit is required for any components.

6. Build

Now the hard part, waiting for the build. Once you're at the top of the build queue I'll notify you that the framebuilding process has started. We'll finalize any outstanding payments while I build the frame. I'll take your custom tubing and fabricate it into something special. Once complete, I photograph the bike, pack it, and ship it out to you!

7. Ride!

Time to get out there and feel the joy of riding your custom Appleman!


ex-Pro Colby Pearce likes his Appleman

“I have to say how happy I am with the frame you made for me, every time I ride it I feel like I am home.

Everything about this bike feels perfect, it really came out awesome. Thank you for your help with the project.

I also get tons of compliments on the bike when I am riding in groups.

This bike flies.”


Velonews Buyers Guide

“Minnesotan Matt Appleman makes some of the most beautiful custom carbon bikes around, and every detail is a testament to his workmanship.

Carbon-wrapped joints add strength, the carbon dropouts are light and provide platforms for a little extra Appleman flair, and custom tube layups and geometry ensure the perfect fit and ride.

Expensive? Sure. But there are factory bikes that sell for more. This one will be yours and yours alone.”

The ride quality is brilliant. None of the frames I’ve ever used can match the Appleman.
The best frame I’ve ever ridden.
— Neo, Thailand