Mike Truelove: Frame Builder - Video

Oct 2, 2016
by artbarn  


Sigma Canada launched its Artisan video series this weekend. Artbarn made a video for the series on Mike Truelove of Squamish. Watch the edit and see the process that Mike goes thru to create each and every frame he produces.

Mike Truelove working in his shop

This video was shot entirely on Sigma lenses and Red epic.

Mike Truelove


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52 Comments

  • + 86
 Mike has been making our frames since the inception of Chromag. In fact the meeting of Ian Ritz and Mike Truelove was the actual inception of Chromag. Mike has made every TRL, Gypsy, Samurai, Stash, Kamui, Sakura, Frequency, Samurai 65 and now the Primer (as well as various prototypes). In the next months Mike will hand over the 900th frame he's made for us. As many of the comments here attest Mike is an appreciable character who is friendly, thoughtful and considerate. His caring attitude has contributed greatly to advancing the finer details of our bikes. He is a great guy who is connected to the community and environment where the product of his work is rigorously put to use, not only by proximity but as a true character who shares heart and soul both in work and with the people around him!
  • + 4
 wow! incredible.
  • + 1
 You missed the Surface?
  • + 1
 @fasian: The Surface is built and painted by Chris Dekerf.
  • + 60
 Mike welds and makes many of Chromag's steel frames. A little bit of Truelove goes into your Chromag. That's not a bad thing
  • + 21
 There aren't many true craftsmen left in this world, not only for bike frames but no one seems to care where their stuff is made anymore. Why would you pay more for a domestically produced item? Because this is how much it is supposed to cost to build something with soul, a thing that enhances your life that you take pride in and care for. Most of us are just riding tomorrows trash.
  • + 1
 @bradwalton: So true, globalization as perverted our way of thinking unfortunately. If everything was made here our stuff would be more expensive but most people would make more money... It's simple really.
  • + 1
 Was Mike also the welder for the Lumberjack Rented Mule frames?
  • + 25
 Mike knows bikes Mike treats everyone like a friend Mike rides black diamond trails on skinny tires. Mike gives you a ride home after you get drunk at Toonie parties. Mike always says hi and has a smile on his face. Be like Mike.
  • + 24
 the guy's name is Truelove. for reals? how cool is that.
  • + 2
 Yup. The name is fitting given what a great guy Mike is.
  • + 4
 My surname is Truelove, it's pretty rare to hear of many others! I didn't know of Mike before watching this so I'm double stoked to see him and his great work!
  • + 13
 Mike sweated in that work shop for 56hours building my custom Chromag frame. I Had the pleasure of meeting him at the Chromag Show and Shine this year, when he approached me after seeing my bike. I got a chance to express my gratitude after finding out how long it took to make. A totally humble guy and passionate guy. He was delighted to see a frame he spent so long on, all built up and to hear the adventures it had been on. Its not often these days that you can speak to the person that handmade something that brings you great joy, where the passion and adventure that your bike gives you can be passed directly between rider and creator. Quality products designed and made within 50km from HQ are few and far between these days. Mike's craftsmanship is invaluable, Ian Ritz's designs are innvative and full of passion, the Chromag Crew are team of hard ripping stoke senders. Those combined leads to quality products, made in BC, by people who love to ride bikes, for people that love to ride bikes. Its a pleasure to ride and support a company that keeps it so steel.
  • + 1
 True dat
  • + 9
 I'd love to spend a week in his garage and see the master at work!
  • + 3
 I have one of Mike's Chromag Samurai cromo frames. It's such a great riding bike. Good on the trail, fun at the dirt jumps. I've wanted one forever so when one came up for sale on PB, I snapped it up. Just fantastic.
  • + 3
 Mike built a lot of the original Spot Brand frames and was always great to work with whether it was a production frame or a prototype. His insight and experience was a huge asset!!
  • + 1
 Interesting. I rode a Spot 29er non-production steel frame designed to take a Gates belt drive at Sea Otter about nine years ago. It looked and rode beautifully.
  • + 1
 I still remember seeing your bikes as a kid in the window of the Black Sheep bike shop on Main Street. Spot Brand was way ahead of its time...
  • + 2
 I like the colours, nice rich browns and warm, Fits Trueloves vibe there in the workshop... I shoot with sigma lenses too, quality. Only comment, thought the audio should have matched the film quality......Nice film tho, very nice film.
  • + 2
 I pulled the trigger on a Samurai 65 in 2015. After riding bikes for over 50 years, this is by far the best bike I've ever ridden. Simple, flawless, fast, and surprisingly capable. Not to mention, stunningly beautiful. I followed the process from the beginning through the great people at Chromag to building it up myself.

There's just something about the traditional process and the stellar quality that it yields. Mike's name has been attached to some of the industry's best brands that came out of the lower mainland of BC. (brodie, DeKerf)

Thank you Mike, for your passion and continued ability to battle the devil, because we all know this is where the details are.
www.pinkbike.com/u/FTOD/album/Chromag-Samurai-27B
  • + 6
 God, I want to be this guy's apprentice.
  • + 2
 In my head I'm like fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. I expected a tutorial on how to build frames, and he did a really good job at letting my imagination run wild. I'm impressed at the work he does.
  • + 5
 Awesome video, i wish i was this lucky
  • + 3
 i am a hobby frame builder and i can tell you after 5 years i am nowhere near that level of welding or craft. joy just to watch some thing like that being made.
  • + 4
 You could have made that 20 mins longer and it still would have been great.
  • + 3
 Listening to the voiceover I was wondering how many takes to get him sounding so relaxed and well spoken, reading off queue cards, etc. Then saw him just sitting there speaking, that's really who he is, what he had to say. Such a great voice. If this frame building thing doesn't pan out for him I think he'd be great at putting books onto tape.
  • + 3
 Pinkbike, 'thru' is not a word, please don't let that kind of lazy writing permeate a great website. Awesome video, thanks.
  • + 2
 I call BS, all those signs outside makko donaldu cannot be wrong, AND:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English-language_spelling_reform

PS: I don't use 'thru' either but enjoy and appreciate anything that helps make language less uniform (now there are two correct spellings!) Bring on the ebonics.
  • + 3
 Just a wonderful, honest video. Love these little insights into the backbone of mountain biking.
  • + 3
 I loved this little film, i am a weld pervert, a perfect weld is like porn to me.
  • + 1
 I had the pleasure of working with Mike back in the Rocky Mountain days.A truly great guy and am glad that he is still able to do what he clearly loves to do and excels at it. A fantastic video way to go Mike. Chris Meyer
  • + 1
 Hey Mike Great to see you in action. It's a long way from those days fixing rusty balcony bikes at Cicli Forza. Dan Shier in the Yukon.
  • + 1
 Mikes a great guy and a good guy to ride with . Was even better when I lived down the street and I could get him to weld projects for me.
  • + 1
 that inspiration!!! Steel forever please I love mechanic and he's really lucky
  • + 1
 Almost daily, I still ride my Spot Brand frame that Mike welded many years ago. Thanks for the great video.
  • + 2
 Where can I learn about frame building in Australia?
  • + 3
 There is a great course at Queensland Tafe in Brisbane. Brett is an old school roady so that's the best thing to build first but he teaches you all the technics so you can go home an get started without a whole bunch of specialized gear and jigs. I've just bought some tubes and a braising kit so I can test my skills!
  • + 3
 I did this course with Brett in May. We spent one week making a road frame to custom geometry. You make the frame old school like you say: hacksaw, files, lugs and brazing. Its a good start, I'm hoping to try TIG welding a hard tail frame soon.
  • + 1
 @NickBit: thanks nick. I'll have to check it out. Can't seem to find anything in Victoria.
  • + 1
 This is why I just sold all my bikes and bought a steel hardtail.
  • + 1
 Any custom framebuilders in New Zealand?
  • + 1
 Jeffson
  • + 1
 My Dream job -and skill-set.
  • + 1
 Beautiful work @Artbarn, just what I needed this morning.
  • + 2
 Ok.. bike frames.
  • + 1
 a man driven by passion this all I can see Thank you !
  • + 1
 Hooray for skills & people who use them.
  • + 1
 I love it!
  • + 1
 Really good video!
  • + 1
 Steel hardtails FTW!
  • - 1
 Copywriter 2 lazy 2 write in reel wurdz?

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