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Métier Vélo

Jamie White

 

 

 

 

Designer - Jamie White

Métier Vélo

Maker - Jamie White

Where - Utah USA

 

 

 

 

Métier Vélo builds full custom bicycles with 3D-printed titanium lugs and filament-wound carbon-fiber tubes.  Métier Vélo designs a unique frame for each individual rider and builds them by hand one at a time for road, gravel or mountain.  Métier Vélo also offers unique custom-designed, 3D-printed titanium frame parts for builders.

 

 

 

 

Métier Vélo LLC • Emigration Canyon • Salt Lake City, Utah USA

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Email - jamie@metier-velo.com

Phone - USA - 385 202 6148

 

 

 

 

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Do you remember your first bike?

A blue 1974 Schwinn Stingray.  My first serious bicycle was a red 1979 Schwinn Le Tour.  I retrofitted it with downtube shifters and quick-release wheels (no lawyer tabs back then;  I still grind them off).  My  first real race bicycle was a  purple 1985 Cannondale SR900 .

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How did you get into building bikes?

After 11 years and thousands of applications  looking for a job in my field (molecular and cellular neurogenetics), I decided to make my own job.  After much consideration and  research, I decided framebuilding fit my meticulous personality and passion for cycling. I have been riding and racing since 1982, and one factor in my decision was that I was unable to find a manufactured bicycle that met my needs.   I founded Métier Vélo LLC in 2013, and I began to develop construction techniques using 3D-printed titanium lugs and carbon fiber tubes. I began producing Métier Vélo frames  for clients in 2015.

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How would you define your style as a framebuilder?

Custom,  classic, simple, and clean.

Custom: all my bicycles are designed from the ground up for each rider. Client requirements and preferences take priority.  I always get to know a client, and we work together to make sure that each rider gets his or her ideal frame—fit, ride and look.  

Classic: I use external lugs that are inspired by traditional lug shapes. I use straight tubes with round profiles.  

Simple:  

1/ Bare materials: 3D-printed titanium  has a grain from the print, so I let that show. Shot-peening toughens the titanium lugs, inhibiting both initiation and propagation of micro-fractures, so I leave the shot-peened lug surface undisturbed.  The carbon tubes have in interesting pattern, so I leave it visible.

2/ Bare craftsmanship: I leave my epoxy bondwork exposed. I use a simple, easily-refreshed clearcoat to let my work show.

3/ Subtle art: I prefer textures and patterns to color.  I use debossed decorative accents printed directly into the lugs. I bond 3D-printed graphics directly to the tubes.

Clean:

1/ Design: I use smooth, organic curves for the lugs. Lug shapes are optimized for 3D printing.

2/ Integration: I use no-nonsense  internal cables with entrances and exits that flow with the lines of the frame. I designed an integrated saddle mount that keeps the seat-tube clean, optimizes comfort, and solves all of the problems created by traditional seat posts .

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Who or what has inspired you along the way?

1/ The high level of craftsmanship achieved by other small, independent framebuilders. In particular, Matt Appleman, Nick Crumpton,  and Bill Holland.

2/ Established builders who have been generous and fair with their time and knowledge. In particular, Don Ferris of Anvil Bikeworks always has time to answer my questions and his advice has been invaluable.

3/ The companies and manufacturers that support independent framebuilders.

4/ My clients. They make my work possible. 

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What can we expect to see from you at Bespoked 2017?

 Two road bikes with plenty of tire clearance. Both are rim-brake, eTAP-only. These bikes represent the two frame editions from Métier Vélo for 2017: Team and Classic.  

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Hard to say. Here’s a Top 10.

 1/ East Canyon / SR-65 when the gate is closed.

2/ The descent through the aspens on the Alpine Loop to Sundance on SR-92.

3/ Old LaHonda Road from Portola Valley to Skyline.

4/ K4103 from Neckarhäuserhof to Haag.

5/ The Côte de La Redoute.

6/ Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flat.

7/ White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pines.

8/ Lamb’s Canyon to Salamander Lake.

9/ Pine Creek Road from Midway to Guardsman’s Pass.

10/ Gaibergerweg from Gaiberg to the Königstuhl.

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And finally, if you weren’t building bikes for a living what would you be doing?

I’d be unemployed.  I’ve already done the experiment, and  the data show I’d be fully unemployed.

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