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Empire Cycles - AP1

Empire Cycles presents the AP1.

151 Comments

  • + 46
 that bike is awesome! Great UK engineering!! makes me proud to say im from the UK haha Big Grin
  • + 15
 that is one dope bike, wonder how much it costs!
  • + 9
 Awesome video, awesome looking bike and some great editing in between. Loved how you made the song and the clips fit so well. Good VOD. -ep
  • - 53
flag duhzonic (Dec 14, 2008 at 0:05) (Below Threshold)
 This is VOD? Why?
  • + 2
 suchhh a nice vod love the bike looks plush. good riding VOD
  • + 8
 no more tube frames? Smile
  • + 1
 wow smooth riding.
  • + 4
 The frame is made of cast aluminium. With the Cane Creek double barrel shock the frame cost £2395. And its sick.
  • - 3
 thats what I thought about the casting. It has absoloutly no welds, therefore retaining strength! Sick VOD
  • + 2
 very very nice vid, sorry vod! there...something about it was really...sinister?!? suited the bike well though, it has a stealthy sinister look about it, and what a bike too...proud to be a brit when i see that bike Smile great vid Smile
  • + 2
 i like the video, sgree it should be VOD BUT!!!! this is an advertisment, i dont agree that this should be VOD because of this!
  • + 3
 Pricing



The AP-1 frameset is available with 4 different shock options. All options include a titanium spring.

* Marzocchi Roco WC - £2195 inc. VAT
* Fox DHX 5.0 - £2195 inc. VAT
* Boss Stoy - £2295 inc. VAT
* Cane Creek/Ohlins Double Barrel - £2395 inc. VAT

All frames supplied will include Cane Creek Double XC flush headset, bolted seat clamp, AP-1 chain device, rear axle assembly and brake carrier. Where possible we will supply the rear shock spring to suit the rider's weight or preference.
  • + 3
 Specification



* Size - medium only
* Travel - 215mm - dependant on shock and adjustable axle setting
* 83mm bb shell
* 1.5" head tube
* Standard 22mm x 8mm shock mounting - fits all major brand shocks
* 242 x 75mm shock
* 27.2mm seat post fitting
* 150mm frame spacing BUT 135mm wheel to allow for 15mm brake carrier
* Dishless rear wheel
* 12mm rear axle
* 2.8:1 leverage ratio
  • - 49
flag jeffrupert (Dec 14, 2008 at 4:08) (Below Threshold)
 cool riding, but that bike its ugly
  • + 15
 no it isn't, it's awesome, it looks like it hasn't been designed but was summoned from hell to rip open and bring death upon the gnarliest of tracks all over the goddamn planet!!
  • - 1
 This was an awesome VOD
  • + 1
 Sweet bike, read about this loooong ago in dirt or decline (one of thos) heard they had a VERY tough time competing with companies like boeing (who has landing gear cast as well) and trying to actually get their frames cast finally is a great breakthrough.
  • + 0
 ^^DIRT i think^^^
  • + 4
 i dont really like it... just my opinion
  • + 1
 I was always under the impression that casting aluminum parts greatly weakened the metal. (Hence why all good quality crank arms are forged, and only really cheap crank arms are cast.) Casting a whole frame seems like a bad idea to me. And good welds aren't a week point at all. On a welded rim, the strongest point is right at the weld.
  • + 0
 depends wat the rim is made out of....
  • - 1
 yeah i agree in less they are doing some speshial casting that no one knows about. casting is cheaper why is he asking 2300 thats nuts. wall mart bikes are not even casted cuse casting sucks. and the guy two above is right all the way welds are strong its the alominum around the weld thats week.
  • + 0
 wasnt this in mbuk superbikes a couple months ago???
  • - 4
flag skylerd (Dec 14, 2008 at 13:39) (Below Threshold)
 there is a reason why EVERY other bike manufacturer uses tubes to make bike frames. strength to weight it's simply the best. this bike might make up for it in some ways, but $4500 for a single-pivot dh frame is totally not worth it. This bike can be added to biking's failed inventions hall of fame.
  • + 3
 And your a FAG?
  • + 0
 cool video, but as far as the bike being cast.... cast aluminum alloys and steels are much harder, there for more brittle and easier to crack, thats not soemthing you want in a metal when it is constantly stressed. weakens much wuicker. i dont like it, but it looks good
  • + 0
 never mind, i dont liek the look of it either
  • + 0
 Would be interesting to know how heavy it is...I can't imagine it is very light....awesome vid!
  • + 1
 skylerd-you were very much wrong, these bikes are used by a fair amount of people. They are the same price as any other frame now and the ride is un-comparable wish my ap1 would run as smooth as his....
  • + 7
 thats a really mint looking bike. looks a bit like the late honda g-cross i think
  • + 2
 To all those complaining that it's an ad. Where else do you propose bike manufacturers advertise their bikes? It's not exactly like we have many other outlets to do so (ie TV) so why complain? Support the new bike companies coming in, maybe it will actually be good for you?!?! Ever thought of it that way?! Thanks to all for the nice comments!
  • + 1
 it's not stupidly expensive either at 2200 with a roco or dhx 5.0 (with a titanium spring ) also with a headset, chain device and seat clamp included. I was expecting it to be far more considering it's made in the uk and low production rates!
  • + 1
 cannot understand how people on here are complaining about the price, £2400 with a CCDB and ti spring is a steal
  • + 3
 its a sick bike no lie but the riding is kinda boring cmon we cant find better vods
  • + 0
 The one piece aluminum frame is a great idea, but I don't think casting is the way to do it. As mention in several comments, correctly preformed welds are in fact the strongest points on the frame. Due to the heating/cooling of the metal during ALL casting processes, this frame is undoubtedly super stiff, but precariously brittle. Also, watch out for the edged of the I-beam frame, I bet they're hellacious on the knees. Now, if someone were to MACHINE a one-piece frame, that would be something worth talking about...
  • + 0
 haha you tell em instead of you all complainin why dont you jus go out and ride instead of slaggin off a new company that will soon be beatin the top bike companies ie santa cruz or iron horse there are no other bikes of this standard on the market right now
  • + 0
 i know a lad who has this bike and i can more or less garantee that you will not find a quieter or smoother bike anywere and as for people sayin it looks heavy well looks can be deceiving
  • + 0
 kind of looks like an old B1. single pivot design. as far as i can see. its the only bike that company makes and they did a really good job. dont think we will ever see them over here tho.
  • + 0
 Im gonna set my eyes on 1 off these frames,the frame looks absolute amazing and custom tuned shocks for the rider,life time waranty and no welds.
  • + 2
 remember seeing this in MBUK, sickest looking DH bike ever IMO!
  • + 0
 the bike is sick i rode one on that track(fod) they are amazing they jump nice, they pedal nice and they are fast what else to you need
  • + 0
 What the heck? This is anything but an add. It is an awesome vid showcasing amazing riding and it just happens to have a couple of shots of one sweet bike in between.
  • + 0
 silly question...is it cast in a pressure die?
i work in a alu foundery(quality inspector) realy interested in the tech behind this frame
  • + 1
 that bike looked awsome, i loved the lines, a totally new style of bike design
  • + 1
 I don't see why it's such a good bike...the video doesn't even explain its features.
  • + 0
 they are so nice, i had a test ride on one, last weekend at the Forest of Dean mini downhill,

Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin :
  • + 0
 It's a pretty awesome frame. I saw a kid on one up at wharncliffe im almost sure.!!
  • + 0
 sick bike and sick vid and some excellent riding. but the fact that its an ad just doesnt seem right for VOD
  • + 1
 bike and rider are wicked but the website doesn't seem to be working!
  • + 0
 all it is, is advertising the bike like who cares its really nice ridding but get some better vods
  • + 2
 i wonder how stiff it is
  • + 1
 That is one smooth and lush bike!
  • + 0
 he has very fat and wide bars but beside that the bike is awsome and great vod
  • + 1
 why is this vod? looks like a bad suspension design 2...and heavy
  • + 1
 awesome bike..! VOD!!!!!!
  • + 0
 ssexiest bike ive ever seen its so knarly looks like its the bike from hell
  • + 1
 NICE bike and great vid (VOD)
  • + 0
 I have also seen this bike in MBUK, such a slick design. Real innovating stuff! Wonder how it performs..
  • + 0
 very nice control on the corners at the begining that bike is awesome i love it
  • + 1
 that bike is awesome! Great UK engineering!!
  • + 0
 i heard of this bike like a year ago it's in this single track magazine iv'e got
  • + 1
 i have i am selling it if any ones into it
  • + 1
 Amazing the bike looked great as well
  • + 1
 i bet the bike is really good, but kinda look like a supercycle
  • + 1
 its not bike that makes the rider.. its the rider that makes the bike.
  • + 0
 There was a guy riding one of those at le Pleney this year. They look pretty nice.
  • + 1
 sick bike dont think thats it is vod
  • + 1
 soz i meen i have got one
  • + 0
 sick, Nice bike and riding
  • + 0
 empire cycles are the best!!! and by the way what bars does he have?
  • + 0
 that trail looks soo fast and fun!
  • + 1
 all of those trails apart from the one with race tape, and the one with the crash matt are about 45 minutes drive away from me, ive ridden them allSmile
  • + 0
 That Looks Like A GREAT BIKE!!!
  • + 0
 that was sick!! great flowy riding and sick bike,, looks pretty rad
  • + 0
 I am still impressed everytime I see this bike... awsome!
  • - 2
 that was one awesome video, great riding, good editing and song choice...really makes me want one of those bikes. but I bet it would be out of my price range
  • - 1
 the graphics and the whole set are amazing... but the design of the frame doesn't look and so nice
  • + 1
 nice bikee!!!
  • + 0
 but the rear shock its sick nice cane creek
  • + 0
 funny cos i just read an article about this bike last night!
  • - 1
 that bike looked like it was glued to the ground looked real fast to im sure it'll be a hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 sick bike but not the greatest VOD
  • + 0
 wow it almost looks like a honda g-cross from far
  • + 0
 i agree man, stick a gearbox in that thing and you got the honda.
  • + 0
 man that thing actualy looks like its decently light too
  • + 0
 not worth of VOD. looks more like a commercial for a bike
  • + 0
 it is, its a promo for the AP1, its not trying to be anything else, its a British company who made a vid to show people the new bike they built and to show it being ridden, don't really see whats wrong with that
  • + 0
 thats one of the most boring vods ever
  • + 1
 horrible vod its so lame
  • - 1
 the bike is sweet, looks like a great way to cut weight, and good riding as well guy
  • + 0
 Hm wiered, looks cool tho. Way to go Uk..
  • + 0
 He's soooo fast.
  • - 2
 HAHAHAHAHAHA that bike looks like an asshole that havent been raped in a million years its a big peace of fail in my eyes
  • - 1
 That was one of the best tunes I've heard on a vid, let alone a VOD!
  • + 0
 wow thats some nice flow
  • - 1
 nice vood!!!!! nice bike..... race...top..
  • - 1
 Props on that bike...F tha HATERS..
  • + 0
 what a sick frame
  • + 0
 sick ride i want one
  • - 2
 nice bikes but i swear there was a bit were it was held together with zipties
  • - 1
 awesome vid sick and very nice
  • - 1
 nice and smooth ridin, like the frame either
  • - 1
 part of that vid is in F.O.D whaaaaaay where the 661 mini dh race was
  • + 0
 this price... omg ;/
  • + 0
 nice
  • - 1
 that is one mean lookin machine!
  • + 0
 niiice
  • + 0
 thats a sick bike
  • - 1
 Love that frame ! Huge man.
  • - 1
 nice bike but a bit unreliable, mate saw one snap at ft bill
  • - 3
 That was basically an ad not a video. Bike looked liked it handled the green puppy runs quite well - not exactly Dead Dog or something technical.
  • - 3
 i agree With Fifty-four-46 ^^
forged stuff is much stronger than cast Also..
  • + 0
 go ride
  • + 0
 Stoked Mono.
  • - 1
 almost too nice of a bike.
  • - 1
 Awesome bike!! nice ridin too
  • - 1
 the bike looks some what like the honda bike.. ?
  • + 0
 that bike is sexy!
  • - 3
 Alev Evans is a babe!
  • - 2
 Ewwwwwww! FLAT BARS!
  • - 2
 Sick Flow!
  • - 2
 ya agreeded
  • - 2
 it's fuckin ugly frame
  • - 3
 why a vod we need a dj vod for once!?
  • - 2
 never seen that bike before. But I like it!! VOD.
  • - 2
 you are a fameBig Grin
nice film and bikeBig Grin
this is machineBig Grin
  • + 1
 djcat80 ur weird amazin video m8
  • - 1
 jehaaa nice ride Wink
  • - 1
 VVVVVVVVVVT
  • - 2
 nice addvert you fucking sell-outs
  • - 1
 shut up kid
  • + 0
 the truth hurts, dont like it, blow me!
  • - 2
 the vid is from freecaster empire promo vid nice one, nice bike
  • - 2
 bie coool but ride light coolBig Grin
  • - 2
 sick bike, sick editing and sick riding
  • - 2
 dont like them bars ...but bike is well fit!
  • - 2
 I agree on that fuck its ugly , but it looks like everybody love it.
  • - 2
 single pivot what's the big deal?
  • + 1
 shed system
  • - 1
 for me really its not a good system , y had an orange 224 and I was really upset of that bike but its really about diferent likes nothing else.
  • - 3
 that was really intertaining watching another dh video there just full of enjoyment. every clip is better than the last
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