The TEMPO SL4 is a project we have been working closely together with industry experts to offer an extremely high performance full carbon road frameset with unbeatable value, We have kept this project under wraps for quite sometime but now we are at the point of making the project public and start to generate internet presence.
This all came about when I wanted to buy a carbon road bike myself, looking at all the major brands available today I was left with the choices of either buying an entry level carbon frame set with a basic groupset or not being able to find a bike that rides the way I wanted to ride, these bikes were either to stiff for the UK's roads, to heavy due to the lower grade of composites used or the geometry was not suitable. Obviously there is a bike out there for everybody, but this can come at a substantial investment. This is where the TEMPO SL4 was born, I set out to put the knowledge attained working close within the bike industry over the last decade to design and manufacture a frame set that set out to meet the following goals -
1. Affordable - This was a big priority, carbon composite bikes are a premium item and in some cases out of reach of some people, complete carbon bikes with a decent level of components can cost upwards of £2500!
2. Quality - To make a good quality frame set you need to start with high quality carbon, we immediately looked to achieve a frame set with T1000 carbon, T1000 is lightweight high strength, with attention to detail about the specific ride quality we aim to achieve it is paramount, the key to this is to lay the carbon fiber up in a certain way, this required a fine balance between a comfortable bike thats solid under acceleration.
3. Warranty - We believe strongly that a good carbon bike will have a good warranty if the worst was to happen, we immediately settled on two years would be sufficient warranty against manufacturing defects.
4. Real world requirements, what do we all look for when buying your next carbon frame? Value, quality, latest specification, a ride fit for intended purpose, we aimed to tick all these boxes with full internal routing, spares backup, tapered head tube, warranty, low weight, Di2 Compatible.
5. The ride, if you are like me you want a bike that snappy on the flats, quick out the box, light enough for the biggest and longest of climbs, stiff while out of the saddle while retaining a comfortable ride that will reward you after a ride rather than leaving you feel beat up. All these were kept in mind, if your priorities are like mine you will be sure to love the TEMPO SL4!
We have searched far and wide to offer the finest carbon frame-set within a price point that is most affordable to committed cyclists today, Using Graded T1000 carbon fiber hand crafted to strict tolerances layered in such a way that reduces the frame and forks overall weight, yet keeps stiffness to a maximum where it is important on the frame, but that doesn't mean we have forgotten about vertical compliance! This frame is a joy to ride, whether that be commuting to work or a full on 100 mile sportive!
We have provided images of the completed frame-set in its "nude" state as the understated gloss and matte decals are to be finalized over the coming months until production is available to the public. In this time we will be developing an website that will include every detail of the process from the initial idea to production and availability via a professional website.
Be sure this wont be the last TEMPO frame to be produced with research into a larger range in the future being considered, dependent on the success of the TEMPO SL4.
Here you will see the confirmed geometry for the bike that will provide to the last detail what size bike you require. If you are unsure what frame size to go for we can offer expert advice and help you make your choice for your next carbon road bike easier.
My final trip to the manufacture I was shown the final frame that has being decided on to go through rigorous testing before production and includes extensive fatigue testing, frames have to pass a standard number of tests and forces applied to the frame for a length of time to deem them safe to use on the road, these are industry standards and not those deemed acceptable by any one individual.
Currently we have a final prototype bike that is being put through its paces, this is the first of a number of frames we have being developing closely with the manufacture to provide the type of bike we need on the UK roads. These frames have been tested
before putting it into final production and before we can do this we need to bring this to kickstarter to ask for your help and support behind this project. Take a close look at the close up shots we have taken in its "raw" state that will be the same frame we have decided to put into production due to it being what we set out to create!
We hope you are as passionate as we are to bring the TEMPO SL4 to the UK! If successful it wont end there, TEMPO don't intend on being a one trick pony, we have discussed the possibility of offering a disc specific road frame sets, custom builds and offering custom frame painting to personalize your TEMPO SL4 and really be an individual, this all dependent on how successful TEMPO are as a brand and we certainly feel there is a huge market out there and a huge amount of people that want to see a full carbon frame set with such a high specification at an affordable price, not only that this frame set has being developed with passion and pride, and has being built around the roads we ride on, comfortable, light, fast the key to what we believe is going to be a fantastic product. Be sure to show your support for TEMPO and back us where possible and make this Kickstarter develop from paper to product.
Risks and challenges
Unfortunately this all comes at great cost, so far we have invested greatly in man hours and personal funds to get this to the stage I am at now, Kickstarter is something we had not heard of until a few weeks ago, what a fantastic way to get projects started and committed members to back these projects!
Funds raised will not only go to the first batch of frames being prepared, available to backers before they are available through the website, but funds will also go towards the cost of developing a professional website and cover the cost of producing the final designs on the frames.
We have allocated £1500 towards the design and implementation of the website, marketing and online presence. A further £500 will go to the cost of design and photography of the finished product, this will include finalizing and producing the frame decals, professional photo shoot will help up get the correct imagery to display on the websites. the remaining £5500 will go into the first production of the TEMPO SL4 frame, shipping costs and labour to run each frame through our workshop to pass our quality control to ensure a perfect finish before leaving to be recieved by the customer.
Kickstarter will be updated accordingly, be sure full specification of the frames have been supplied so you know dimension for each size so you can find the correct size to suit you, but documents will also be made available to provide evidence of hours of testing and rigorous test carried out on these frames to assure they are safe for intended purpose. Most importantly these the frames meet the required standards of safety, rigorously tested to ensure they withstand what the UK's roads can throw at them, Light enough and stiff enough for the biggest of climbs.
Be confident the UK will be rewarded with what we believe is the most advanced, highest quality frame-set available on the market today that wont cost the world to own! We will be backing this will a full 2 year guarantee for piece of mind with your purchase of a TEMPO SL4 Frame-set.
Specifications you can expect from the TEMPO SL4 -
Sizes - 48/50/52/54/56/58/60cm
High grade T1000 carbon, low weight high performance, great compliance!
Frameset weight 770g - 955g including hardware!
Full internal cable routing.
Di2 Kit for Di2 groupsets.
Braze on front derailleur mount.
Tapered Steer fork.
Supplied with carbon Seapost, Post Clamp and Headset to be confirmed.
2 year guarantee against defects, excludes accident damage.
Understated matte black frame decals minimal stealth design.
Full support and back up for all frame hardware.
The best performing bike at unbeatable value!
Pledge £750 and you will receive a TEMPO SL4 Frameset complete in your size with the finished subtle decals applied. With the option of complete builds available to your desired specification. Complete with full 2 year warranty on the frame and fork.
Pledge £1000 and you will receive a TEMPO SL4 Frameset complete in your size with the finished decals applied. On top of this you can have your own unique frame as we will professionally paint and clear coat to the colour of your choice.