8 Handbuilt Bikes from the UK at Ard Rock 2022

Jul 30, 2022 at 15:18
by Nick Bentley  


We paid a visit to the Bespoked tent at the Ard Rock Enduro festival and we couldn't resist showing you the amazing hand-built bikes we found inside. All of these frames are hand-built in the UK by some amazing craftsmen whose passion for mountain-biking and frame building shines through in their work. Take the time to check out each of their websites and maybe next time you want a new bike have a look at going bespoke instead of buying off the shelf. You won't regret it!

Ra Bikes

Ra Bikes .12


Ra Bikes .410


To find out more check out Ra Bikes here



Howler Frameworks

Howler Frameworks Fenrir


Howler Frameworks Sigma


To find out more check out Howler Frameworks here



Coal Bikes

Coal Bikes 84


Coal Bikes Pony


To find out more check out Coal Bikes here



Dawley Bikes

Dawley Bikes Eponym


Dawley Bikes Rallye


To find out more check out Dawley Bikes here





42 Comments

  • 71 2
 These are all pretty darn gorgeous
  • 51 1
 That Ra .12 looks rad!!!
  • 6 1
 Seriously! I'm very interested. Let us know more soon Ra.
  • 4 1
 ikr...the Ra HT looks Sick \m,/
  • 3 0
 One of the nicest frames Ive ever seen.
  • 10 0
 Howler Frameworks Fenrir is love. It looks so fun to ride, the aesthetics, the 650b hotdamnnn
  • 9 1
 Stunning bikes, right across the board. That Ra .410 might just be the sweetest hard tail I've ever seen.
  • 7 0
 That Coal bike is dripping in rideworks.cc bean can lovelyness, well worth a more detailed look.
  • 5 1
 Is this still RA BIKE LTD that was wound up according to find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/10673548/filing-history or is it an entire new company where the lockdown money just funded the pheonix?
  • 7 0
 Clearly lots of secret stuff in that Howler frame
  • 4 0
 Aren't all bike frames pretty much hand made, except maybe poles CNC machined ones. Or does it just mean hand made by well paid western artisan's not cheap foreigners?
  • 4 0
 Great to see a couple local guys getting well deserved attention on here (coal and dawley bikes)
  • 6 1
 We like handmade steel bikes
  • 5 0
 Nice industrial finish on that Dawley frame.
  • 5 1
 That Ra Bikes .410 has me bricked up, Love the Dawley too. Can't beat some raw welds on show!
  • 5 0
 Tom's Ra is stunning
  • 2 0
 Wow, love this stuff
The ra12 and coal84 are bloody gorgeous
The linkage on the howler has got me un a knot though
; )
  • 4 1
 Ra hardtail looks quality
  • 1 0
 Love it, don't care if carbon is lighter and stiffer, handmade steel appeals to some other part of me than my logical centers...
  • 3 0
 That Howler is beautiful
  • 7 6
 Ra is naming their mountain bikes after shotgun gauges, what a blast. I love the paint.
  • 1 0
 Dawley bikes has a model named after itself.
  • 1 0
 Taking after twofortythree
  • 4 1
 That Rå is really nice!
  • 2 0
 That Sigma cranks aren’t close to level, never going to buy one now
  • 2 0
 Just something sexy about billet shock linkage!!
  • 2 0
 All these are THE best looking bike on Pinkbike!
  • 1 0
 Where’s Curtis in this list ? Brian Curtis still hand builds them and they had a stand too.
  • 3 1
 Ra killswitch!
  • 1 0
 That howler is something special
  • 1 0
 Happiness is a Coal 84 and Pony side by side in your garage.
  • 1 0
 Damn there is some beautiful rolling art in this one!
  • 1 0
 What are the forks in the Ra .410?
  • 1 0
 Intend Edge. With Rulezman stanchion guards.
  • 1 0
 couple of prime bikes for some high power ebike conversions
  • 2 3
 External cables are an eye sore, the Dawley Eponym >_
Can't downvote me, I'm already in hell
  • 3 0
 I have an earlier iteration of this frame, with the routing along the downtube, which does look cleaner indeed. Thom is pretty flexible regarding desires. The frames geometry is amazing, for at least where I live in the techy Northeast. I have a pic of my build in my profile, if you care to check it out.
  • 5 6
 chain on the first bike is way too long, nice
  • 4 0
 It's a handbuilt chain. You know how hard it is to build a chain... By hand?
  • 2 0
 @browner: if it’s that hard they would have taken the easy way out and made it shorter surely?
  • 1 0
 @pimpin-gimp: no, the carving blanks for chains come in a pre determined length





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