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BTL Bikes: launched

Apr 26, 2011
by Cole Tseng  
To be honest.... there's nothing so special about BTL Bikes, it's not a billion dollar company, it's not more than a hundred years old, and it's not even run/owned by someone who can do triple back flip or double front flip on a bike; it's just an ordinary bike riding kid, which means me, with a little dream in mind: to build something fun and easy to play around with, then share them to the world; after several years of research and gathering thoughts from my buddies, here comes BTL Bikes.

Big Bucks frame
full 4130 chromoly frame, 14.5" chainstay with 26*2.5" slick tire clearance, MID BB, campy headset, 3/8" rear axle with 135mm spacing, weighted at 5.6 lbs. I know no one is using big tires these days, but having a bit more clearance could make you and I some easy time while the rim is a bit taco.

custom wrapped-around yoke so no brace is needed, bottom bracket itself is the brace, save some weight and make the chainstay extra short

rear view

front view, with machined logo on head tube

something's missing? oh yes where's the decal? personally i prefer the frame to be clean with only one or two decals on it to show the others what bike i'm riding, some people are just like me, while others don't, it's all personal preference; so...

i decided to let you to make your own decision, you can put all of them on the bike, on your helmet, or your shirt, or the electric pole in front of your door, or your buddy's back.

(Based on standard 100mm travel, 470mm crown to axle fork, and 26*2.1 street slick front/back with 680mm O.D.)
Head tube angle: 70 degree
Seat tube angle: 72 degree
Top tube length: 21.8”(554mm)
Seat tube length: 11.5”(292mm)
Chain stay length: 14.5”(369mm)
Wheelbase: 40.35”(1025mm)
Head tube length: 4.9”(125mm)
BB height: 12.8”(325mm) from ground
Stand over height: 24.2”(615mm) from ground
Weight: 5.6 lbs(2.54kg)
Seat post/clamp size: 28.6mm/31.8mm
BB: MID, 73mm width

FTW handlebar, i'm not a big fan of riding BMX, but honestly their bar's geometry feels great, much easier to do tricks than normal downhill risers with same length; so the FTW bar is the mix of both.

it's one of the biggest mountain bike handlebar on the market (probably), 7075 aluminum with T6 treatment, double butted, 31.8mm clamping area, 31.5"(800mm) wide, 3.25"(83mm) tall, 5 degree up sweep, 12 degree back sweep, and could be cut down to 25" wide; weighted at 12.7oz (360 grams)

and here's mine
setup list:
frame: BTL Big Bucks
fork: Fox 36 float lowered to 90mm, 485mm crown to axle (so head angle on my bike is roughly 69 degree)
handlebar: BTL FTW
stem: Da Bomb Glock
brake: Bengal Helix 5
grips: BTL prototype
saddle: Macneil pivotal
seat post: pivotal
front hub: Novatech, 32 holes
rear hub: Profile Racing Elite, 10T driver, 36 holes
rims:Kinlin MX8
crankset: BMX 2.5 pieces, 175mm length
sprocket:good ol' Primo Analog, 25T
pedal: Da Bomb Bullethole
tires: SB8 26*2.1 front, NPJ 26*2.1 rear
weight: around 29 lbs, could be much lighter with lighter fork/rims and everything else, but i'm a rough guy so never mind.

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Member since Jul 6, 2010
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  • 2 0
 really nice frame. lovin the clean look. is the frame/bar for sale on the website? if it is and i wasnt broke i would buy it
  • 1 0
 I love your stay design that sick how it join the BB.
  • 1 0
 looks sweet.....
  • 1 0
 thanks buddy
  • 1 0
 Good job, awesome frame.

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