Emes racing - introduction

Jan 16, 2011 at 13:11
by Boleslaw Zaras  

EMES - RACING is a bike component company based in Cieszyn, we are relatively new company because the project started at the beggining of the 2010 racing season in Poland. The founders of the company were part of the polish MTB scene from the beggining of Polish downhill racing.
We design our products in a way so we can be proud ridding them - because we ride what we build. We stand 100% behind our products and we are not going to feed you with marketing statements about how we are going to establish worldwide peace or how cool we are.

We make products for the rider who expects quality, performance, and reliability - they must also survive abuse of a beggining and a hardcore ride of an advanced downhill racer. We are spending a lot of time on the road, 4 x tracks and in the mountains of course.
Our lineup will start as one bike frameset and probably will not grow that fast because we are Startup Company We have seen companies made great success with no-nonsense approach to bike design. We know what the riders want to ride because we are building bikes basically for ourselves.

Our frame is made of 7005 heat threated aluminum alloy. We decided to make use of hydro formed and butted tubes. We have also incorporated all the design features that we feel are important for many riders:
- 1,5 " head tube
- Wide 83 mm Bottom bracket
- Internal cable path
- Post mount for rear brake (accepts 160 mm small rotors too, mainly because we ride them)
We were not that focused on frame weight because we feel that there are better places to save weight, in fact 4,4 KG without paint is not that bad. We can go even lower with titanium hardware but don’t feel it as a necessity.
When we designed the frame we focused on resistance to bottoming and being able to take big hits without going thru the end of travel. We focused also on stiffness in the front and rear ends. The frame is also slack with 63.6 HA.
We have already built 4 prototypes in 2 variations - the frames on photos are last variation. The production frame will have little different linkage that pushes the shock. Except this there will be no other modifications. The frame takes any 240/75 shock although we are in progress of developing alternative linkage for 222/70 shocks that will be available for a separate order.

In process of development we have partnered with polish companies like Weeze [weeze.pl] and Mozartt [mozzart.com]
The frame will be very competitive priced - we aim for a price range close to 850 Euro. Shipping to any country outside of European Union will add a charge of 90 Euro.

We have partnered also with taiwan frame maker, To be honest the public avaiblity of the first prototype of the design is an offspring of a fact that we didnt had resources to restrict it. Design was done mailnly here in Poland. The version offered in is an older revision of the design.

To gain more control of the design we decided that the shock linkage will be made in Poland. And of course front and rear triangle will be still made in Taiwan.

In fact we had no other choice, because in Poland we dont have good availbity of a hydroformed tubes neither good welders to work with. I have seen lot of Polish made frames that were poorly welded or the producer wanted to squeeze last dollar by buying shittest aluminium he can get All of them were coming from prominent producer Zu ...... es. The quality of a frame is our safety. Of course there are exceptions of above some companies like Weeze, Mozzart or Antidote do really high end products but they made enormous effort on sourcing materials and quality control - if we went that route we would have missed the price target.

Our products will be only sold direct through our website, meaning that we sell directly to the consumer. Please be aware that the frames will be available for order at the end of January. The ordering details will be announced then too.
For the 2011 season we have partnered with Jonasz Rozdzynski (http://jonaszrozdzynski.pinkbike.com/), who is 3rd Polish top rider. Jonasz will be racing our frame in Polish DH cup. Jonasz was also heavily engaged in frame development and without his invaluable help it would be impossible to finish the design of the frame.
If you are interested don’t hesitate to check our website: http://emes-racing.com/
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