Video: Unno Burn Full-Length Carbon Manufacturing & Assembly Dream Build

Mar 25, 2020
by Sarah Moore  


We don't usually post bike build videos, but we had to make an exception for this one...

bigquotesThis is a special DREAM BUILD, this is the first full-length manufacture and assembly DREAM BUILD. I've been working on making this project become a reality for almost a year now whilst following UNNO's journey into making some of the most unique and special bikes, I wanted to film each process of production and assembly which takes place in house and here we are... sit back and enjoy!Gee Milner


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83 Comments

  • 132 5
 All that work and they used a reverb...
  • 6 0
 my thoughts exactly
  • 16 0
 I think I'm the only one on the planet that likes the reverb. Lol. Lever action is good and smooth. Can control the speed.
  • 25 2
 @tacklingdummy: I mean everyone loves a working reverb. It's the fact that they all quickly become non-working reverbs that bums me out.
  • 2 0
 I had a Reverb come on second hand 2015 YT Capra, fairly certain it was never serviced before I got it in 2018 and I haven't serviced it.
After all the reviews I heard about how they suck, it's literally lasted thing long with no problems, only sticking in the top 10% of travel in the last week but I think that's cause it needs some air....
I still swear by Brand X on my other bike now though!
  • 2 0
 also that hand file? in this kind of video? especially if you have a tube cutter, in same isle in home-depot can find also de-burr-er for inner and outer surfaces of those tubes... in combination with electric hand screwdriver it will be more satisfyin to watch Smile
  • 3 1
 My Reverb AXS is better than my 9point8 which is awesome. OneUp V2 is also excellent (especially for the price) and is now doing duty on my fat bike.
  • 1 1
 @andrewbikeguide: April 1st is six days away.
  • 1 0
 @bschleenbaker: It is all in the bleed. If it is bled well, it works well. I do a bleed different than the SRAM protocol.
  • 4 0
 I was thinking why Ohlins?
  • 22 0
 After watching this I can figure out why carbon frames don't cost $9000, how many could you possibly make a day? Awesome vid, very relaxing...
  • 9 14
flag jclnv (Mar 25, 2020 at 19:31) (Below Threshold)
 Unno’s do cost $9000! I doubt China frames are put together with such thoroughness.
  • 16 0
 @jclnv: $4,644 USD at today's exchange rate so about half of the $9,000 you mentioned. You must get a real kick out of hyperbolic language and exaggeration. If you don't want it, don't buy it. If people want a carefully constructed frame built by people who work in safe conditions and are paid a good developed world wage this is an option. I for one, appreciate having options.
  • 4 0
 Because they are not mass produced, they make some 50 frames a year. How do you propose they keep their business running if they bring the prices down to what you think is reasonable?
  • 3 0
 @Imabigboy82: @Imabigboy82: if this is directed at me....I think you mis-understood my post....I think they should cost $9000 based on the effort I saw in the video, I don't know how they can make money for what they sell them for...
  • 2 1
 @RadBartTaylor: Maybe the rest are made by six year old girls in China slave labor camps? You know, like Apple, Specialized, Giant, Trek, Shimano, SRAM........Campy,,,,,,,,,
  • 4 0
 @OriginalDonk: @OriginalDonk: Hang on, I thought they were 5000 Euro frame only? That is a bargain IMO.

BTW I would love one. A Horn for me though.
  • 13 0
 Most companies won't even show their molds let alone the whole lay-up process. Kudos to Unno for putting this excellent edit together.

Does anyone know what brand of torque wrench is used in the video?
  • 1 0
 Norbar, the company that used to do the syntace one.
  • 1 0
 @mikemax99: the Syntace torque wrench I run (great stuff) is from Wera though....
  • 1 0
 @moerkster: you're right, the current one is a wera, the older version was a norbar sl0 great stuff also
  • 13 0
 I realize you can't show everything, but how do you remove the foam and inner bladder?
  • 1 0
 I might be completely wrong here but my guess is that they heat treat the carbon for a period of time and while its heating it also burns out the foam? Once again... mostly likely wrong but I was wondering the same shit lol
  • 16 3
 Now, we send it to Hambini!!!!!
  • 2 1
 Would defo be interesting to hear his views on the engineering.
  • 1 0
 @Imabigboy82: I do love the down votes. It really would be neat to see a review. At this point MFG's have to options - embrace an educated (albeit potentially harsh) review, or fear it.

I bet the folks at Look have his address to send their new wares to.....
  • 12 2
 I bet that girl can roll some hella big spliffs!
  • 8 0
 Time to go take apart my bike, grease and reassemble. I've been inspired!
  • 9 0
 im off to do the same thing. got 4 weeks to figure out how to put it all back together.
  • 7 0
 Nice bike, waaay outside my desire range, but so is a Ferrari; I drive a van Smile
  • 2 0
 Seinfelds Van ?
  • 6 0
 The level of care in assembling this bike is not congruent with the rock garden I would sooner rather than later end up tossing it down.
  • 7 0
 Well that sucked me in...
  • 3 0
 Things I don't miss about working with carbon: mold flash is sharp as hell and will cut you any chance it can. The constant stickstickstick of working with prepreg that's slightly warm- hope you like everything around you to have a thin film of epoxy resin on it, cause it will. Wet sanding. The "joy" of discovering a pinhole in a vacuum bag or pressure bag that caused a section to not reach full compaction.

But honestly, it's actually pretty fun to mess around with and people can get amazing results from pretty damn cheap setups.
  • 6 1
 great build, but center lock to 6 bolt for the rotors.... cmon man
  • 2 2
 DT Swiss wheels only come in CL, I had to use the adapters in my last wheels as well, but they has been holding very well anything I drop on them, I was worried about it at the beginning, but they are 100% the same than my old I9s
  • 5 0
 There is hope I can DIY my own carbon frame with 2x4s and a shop vac.
  • 1 0
 Who greases housing & hoses before sending them through a frame? It doesn't seem necessary and will only attract dirt once you ride. I like the idea of these videos, but the build procedure always has a few things that irk me, like going back and forth with a 1-way file, too much grease, and interesting choice in tools & torque wrench use.
  • 3 0
 Spectacular! Most relaxed I've felt since the "virus that shall not be named" hit.
  • 1 0
 its rediculous, you can get made in house coustome bike with top components on enve.
cheaper than any US "made in china boutique" and saved many spend for a week trip in alps
  • 1 0
 why use a pipe cutter for the steerer tube? you gotta file off all that extra metal that gets displaced by the cutting wheel. prob adds 10 minutes to the job when he already had the cutting guide.
  • 3 2
 They should do an extended version of how each part being built from scratch then assembly in factory, frame building process then the Gee stuff....
  • 3 0
 Unno is the Pagani of the bicycle world.
  • 1 0
 So does this mean people are riding around on these beautiful carbon bikes and they all have polystyrene cores in them?

Insanely beautiful video and build though.
  • 2 0
 Who know building a bike could be so much work.
  • 2 0
 This is how they built my Kona right??
  • 2 0
 Whether you like CF bikes or not, that was really cool
  • 2 0
 what grease are they using??
  • 1 0
 snake oil?
  • 2 0
 Looked like Motorex to me.
  • 1 0
 Looked almost like the Leica films: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4t-OVIvuy8
  • 1 1
 Huh. I guess I'll just go down to the store and buy one that's already put together.
  • 1 2
 Es un lujo tener aquí en España empresas como esta.
Eso sí, vendiendo un riñon por una bicicleta de estas xD.
Molta pasta "nen".
  • 2 1
 Damn it, now I want an Unno. Minus the reverb!
  • 1 0
 And then, you directly put this bike in a museum!
No ride & no mud Smile
  • 2 2
 GEE MILNER FAN SINCE 2013
  • 1 0
 Hmmm...
  • 1 0
 Artisan....nice.
  • 1 0
 Bravo!
  • 1 0
 If I had the money...
  • 1 1
 Styleafoam bike for 3,000 + lmao
  • 1 1
 but its so thin!
  • 2 3
 5000 bucks for 36 minutes of labor work, you gotta be kidding
  • 2 1
 Pretty certain the molds, designs and cutters were a bit more than you have any clue...(probably more than you make in a few years).
  • 5 0
 @RoadStain: it was a joke mate, that frame alone must have at least 20+ hours of work
  • 2 0
 @baptistamtb200: Until such time that a bike is sent to Hambini, well....utter trash! :-)

Maybe I am waxing poetic, I still prefer a bike with welds.......had many, many carbon bikes (and carbon bits)...just prefer welds for some reason.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: Me too. The more I watched the video, the happier I was with my aluminum Knolly. No hand-laid fabric or bondo on my frame thanks! I wonder what the scrap rate is on those?
  • 1 0
 @Skooks: Yeah I also prefer metal bikes, but I have to give kudos for the art of building a carbon frame
  • 4 5
 Looks like a hack
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