Canadian carbon rim manufacturer We Are One Composites has been working on more than just rims lately. In 2019, the company released a clever handlebar and stem combo in collaboration with 77Designz, and now, for about a year, we've been seeing hints about a new carbon bike that is in the works.
The company started in 2017 when owner Dustin Adams decided to start making rims with a do it yourself
mentality, keeping the design, prototype, and final production processes in-house in Kamloops, BC. The company has grown, but the independent folks behind We Are One will always do things their own way and have created a carbon frame from the ground up.
While the design is still mostly top-secret, we managed to get a bit of teaser information from Dustin and his left hand, Tyler Maine.
Since early 2020, We Are One has posted teaser photos on Instagram, not-so-subtly disguised as posts about rims and whatnot.
Why did you decide to make a bike?
Why not? We've proven that high quality parts can be made in North America with our rims and bar/stem combo. Over 2 years ago we started talking about the process of what it would take to make a bike, we're now close to showing that bike to the public. This project was in our 5 year plan and we actually were always planning on a bike from our date of inception. This process began 2 years ago and we are 1 year ahead of schedule.
How did you need to adjust your manufacturing process to move into making a frame?
By starting an entirely new process in another building - the two aren't related beyond both being We Are One products. Our wheel division is in full swing to meet the demands of the current market. Our frame shop and engineering team are in a separate facility that does not overlap our rim and bar production.
Can you tell us anything about the suspension platform?
Sorry at this time, that will have to wait until our launch date.
We still don't know much about the bike, but We Are One hasn't been shy about giving us some little glimpses.
I read that you'll use super boost spacing. Is that still the plan? If so, why?
There are many great benefits to 157 super boost if done right. We will be the first company to our knowledge to launch a 157 rear spacing with a chain line that actually benefits from the concept. More will be shown at the launch date.
157 super boost spacing and 29" wheels. Here's one of the first looks at the bike itself, but I guess we can keep pretending this post is about stickers.
What wheel size will the new bike have?
This bike is a 29er.
How close are you to having a production version of the bike?
We've had the pleasure of riding our bike for the last 8 months and are waiting for the backlog of vendor parts to arrive before we roll out the launch.
Given the state of the bike industry right now, it's hard to predict when supply will catch up with manufacturers' needs, so we don't know when we'll see the full bike. To stay updated, follow along with the hashtag #wr1arrival on Instagram
, where We Are One will continue to share information about the bike as the release date approaches.