Video: Chris Dekerf - Frame Builder

Jan 6, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  

43 Comments

  • 37 0
 a true bicycle artist, form and function all in 1 .
  • 4 0
 Ditto mate - absolutely beautiful frame shown at the end there - good stuff.
  • 3 0
 building a frame something worthy to add to my bucket list
  • 9 0
 In the mid 90's DeKerf used to send bare frames to Edmonton to be painted by Shiny Shiny Coatings. I worked at Shiny Shiny for about a year prepping frames for painting. I have to say, seeing the bikes after being painted really does not do the welding enough justice. Seeing dozens and dozens of naked DeKerf frames rolling through, each frame, each weld... just perfect. It was art.

Shiny Shiny prepped frames for another frame builder (who I will avoid naming). What a stark contrast to DeKerf. I spent my time for that other company's frames filling in pin holes on the welds, filing/sanding some of the ugliness out of the welds and shaking my head at some of the botched miter cuts.
  • 7 0
 I remember in the 90’s lusting over a Dekerf bike at Freewheel Cycle in Jasper and the shop owner allowed me to take the bike outside so I could truly appreciate the tangerine colored frame. It is nice to see the attention to detail has not changed over all these years.
  • 2 0
 Ahh Freewheel Cycle. Brings back memories of childhood! And THAT tangerine Team SL. Stunning.
  • 5 0
 Pinkbike listen !!!

You need to do more stuff like this

Especially on guys/companies that are the heart and soul of mountain biking

There are so few of these people left in our industry they truly deserve our respect and attention

I hope that this feature has turned someone on to dekerf and the amazing work that he does

Support the classics !!!
  • 6 0
 am I the only one who thought the thumbnail on the home page looked like Vin Diesel?
  • 1 0
 nope
  • 2 0
 came here just to look for that comment
  • 2 0
 bahaha Diesel DeKerf
  • 4 0
 One of the best, I love my Team SST. He also does a lot of paint work for other companies and welded/painted the first run of Chromag Surface 29ers.
  • 7 2
 Should make us all think twice about mass-made carbon and aluminum bikes from Taiwan...
  • 4 1
 Why?
  • 3 0
 because we can afford them ,yay.
  • 2 0
 In this day and age of everyone lusting over new tech, carbon, full sus, etc..... It's nice to see PB doing this story/vid. And, nice to see a hardcore framebuilder still doing his thing.... And, still PROGRESSING after many years as a builder...... So cool. And, telemarc67? RIGHT ON with your comment!
  • 2 0
 I lusted after a Dekerf for years, and finally got my Team 853 in January 2001. Other bikes came and went. In 2009 I stripped it down and took it to Chris's shop to have a disc mount brazed on, and a new classic Dekerf copper paint job. After countless rides and many worn out components along the way it remains my favourite bike. Thanks Chris!
  • 1 0
 That's really great thing to do. Take astonishing bike to the birthplace and make it even better. These things will live forever. Frame builders bring some romance in this scene.
  • 5 0
 i wish i could be that good
  • 2 0
 That's beautiful. Listening to a craftsman talk about their work is so interesting. Crazy to imagine all the countless hours. Great vid, want more.
  • 2 0
 Gorgeous frames. Always wanted one in mid 90's, but couldnt afford it. Would be wasted on me now, as my riding has changed, and anyway, I'd just hang it on my bedroom wall Smile
  • 1 0
 Almost bought a DeKerf from a local shop in the late 90's and I don't know if I would have appreciated it as much then as I would now. I would love to get a custom sized, one-off, work of art from Chris. A true talent!
  • 5 1
 And the best part is no machine robot can touch that for quality!
  • 3 1
 ummm bullshit!!!
  • 1 0
 I had the no or and pleasure to see his work first hand before he went on his own and I under appreciated his dedication and talent to the art of making hand built frames. A true local master of his craft.
  • 1 0
 Finally CD on PB candid and real. I have a Prodigy road frame with 20k plus miles on it and its one of the best road bikes (strongest) I have ever ridden and Im 6'1" 215 lbs riding bikes since 1975.
  • 2 0
 I thought he closed down his shop a while ago. Glad to see he's still building. Steel is real!
  • 2 0
 He welds the Chromag Surface, and I (think) a few other Chromag lines.
  • 1 0
 thought most of his own frames are titanium?
  • 1 0
 He builds both. I just thought the green one he built in the vid was steel, but it could be Ti. Usually the Ti ones aren't painted.
  • 2 0
 I shouldn't have been titanium given that he didn't weld it in an argon chamber. Yes you can weld it with a normal torch, but it is nearly impossible to have a clean, swirl free weld area. Tig welds are sexy.
  • 3 0
 This is a great little video. I could get into more like this.
  • 2 0
 I love that he uses block of wood to use as soft jaws! If it ain't broke don't fix it!
  • 1 0
 there Is one hanging behind me in my living its the fast bike I have ever rode its art and passion in one
  • 1 0
 I've always admired these bikes and Chris seems like a good guy. Big props to Dekerf!
  • 1 0
 quite a rewarding career i'd say, welding your own frames and appreciating your own works of art is truly admirable.
  • 1 0
 Covet. Covet covet covet.
  • 1 0
 10,000 hours later...a true master
  • 1 0
 He is Great. I have had two.....I loved them both.
  • 1 0
 Nice inspirational video!
  • 1 0
 I'm going to check out these bikes
  • 1 0
 Great.
  • 1 0
 Awesome!

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