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Mike ErbBy Mike Erb
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Mike ErbBy Mike Erb
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$6,208
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14
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 8 2015 4:33 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Origin

I make BMX and Fixed Gear bikes for a living, but for years I’d been riding an old English road bike as my commuter, lately though it was getting pretty worn out, it needed some new parts, and it was incredibly heavy so I decided to buy a new bike instead.  However, when I looked at what was available I found plenty of city bike options but nothing that was just right.  I wanted a light-weight, modern bike that looked like my old English road bike--not like a space ship--and I wanted a bike that had a frame and fork made in the US, but that didn't cost a fortune.

Of course I really wanted to support another American company that was already specializing in this type of bike, but since I couldn't find one, and, since I am the co-owner of a bicycle manufacturing  company, FBM Bike Co. the obvious next step was to design one myself and have it built by my own company.  After a few prototypes we had a men's and a women's bike designed, built and on the road, being ridden and enjoyed by me and few other like-minded cyclists. But why stop there?  Why not offer these bicycles to lots of other people looking for well priced, modern bikes with classic looks and made in America quality?

Introducing the FBM Raconteur Bicycles

FBM Men's Raconteur Bicycle
FBM Men's Raconteur Bicycle
FBM Women's Raconteur Bicycle
FBM Women's Raconteur Bicycle

The FBM Raconteur Bicycles are men's and women's urban riding bicycles designed and built in Central New York

The Raconteurs' design combines the aesthetic of vintage English road bikes—the simple lines, small diameter tubing, a single color frame contrasting with polished metal components, a metal head badge, and a leather saddle—with modern materials and manufacturing techniques.

The foundation of the Raconteur bicycles is the tig welded frame and fork handcrafted in the FBM Machine shop in Central New York.  The frame and fork tubing is 100% 4130 chromoly, selected for the right balance of strength, durability and weight. The fork is based on the FBM Sword fixed gear fork but has curved legs for a more comfortable ride.

The components have been carefully selected for quality, purpose and style.  They include existing FBM designed components: Nice Brand nylon platform pedals, Double Fister kraton rubber grips, and the new FBM wood/cork bar ends and FBM Wool Picnic Blanket with leather straps.  650b size wheels have been chosen for the middle ground they provide between the visual aesthetic of the traditional 26" wheel and the performance of the current standard 700c road wheel. For the leather saddle there is a choice between either a Brooks B17 or the B66.  The FSA Gimondi crankset have a boxy vintage style that is nearly impossible to find with modern cranksets. Because Velo Orange has a like-minded design aesthetic for their components we chose to include their Grand Cru headset, Belleville handlebars, Diagonale rims, Retro Water Bottle Cage, and stainless steel fenders .

FBM Raconteur Fork
FBM Raconteur Fork
FBM Nice Pedals and FSA F.Gimondi Cranks
FBM Nice Pedals and FSA F.Gimondi Cranks
FBM Cork Bar Ends
FBM Cork Bar Ends
Velo Orange Stainless Steel Fenders
Velo Orange Stainless Steel Fenders
Velo Orange Retro water bottle cage
Velo Orange Retro water bottle cage

The Options

Both bicycles are being offered as a 2 speed or an 8 speed. The 2 speed uses an automatic shifting coaster hub that allows the bike to maintain a simple look (no cables) which is usually only found on fixed gear frames. The 8 speed provides the larger range of gears one needs for longer rides or rides not on level terrain and uses front and rear caliper brakes for more control.

The Sizes

  • Men's: Medium, Large, XL
  • Women's: Small, Medium

Frame and Fork Features

  • Handcrafted in Central New York at the FBM Machine Shop.
  • Tig welded construction
  • 4130 chromoly tubeset
  • 1 piece CNC machined steerer tube
  • Uses a 1-1/8" threadless headset 
  • Uses a 27.2 seat post
  • Cast rear dropouts
  • Laser cut 4130 chromoly fork dropouts
  • Front and rear fender mounts
  • Rear rack mounts
  • Down tube water bottle mounts on the men's frame
  • Seat tube water bottle mounts on the women's frame

2 Speed Components

  • Bar Ends: FBM wood/cork
  • Grips: FBM Double Fister
  • Handlebars: Velo Orange Belleville
  • Stem: Alloy
  • Headset: Velo Orange Grande Cru 1-1/8" Threadless
  • Seat Post: Alloy 27.2
  • Seat Clamp: Alloy
  • Seat: Brooks B17 or B66
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN26
  • Crankset/Chainring: FSA Gimondi
  • Pedals: FBM Nice nylon platform
  • Chain: KMC X8.93
  • Front Hub: Shimano Tiagra 4600
  • Rear Hub: SRAM Automatix 2 speed coaster
  • Rims: Velo Orange Diagonale 650b
  • Spokes and Nipples: DT Swiss
  • Tires: Panaracer Col de la Vie 650B x 38
  • Fenders: Velo Orange stainless steel

8 Speed Components

  • Bar Ends: FBM wood/cork
  • Grips: FBM Double Fister
  • Handlebars: Velo Orange Belleville
  • Stem: Alloy
  • Headset: Velo Orange Grande Cru 1-1/8" Threadless
  • Seat Post: Thompson 27.2
  • Seat Clamp: Alloy
  • Seat: Brooks B17 or B66
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN26
  • Crankset/Chainring: FSA Gimondi
  • Pedals: FBM Nice nylon platform
  • Chain: KMC X8.93
  • Front Hub: Shimano Tiagra 4600
  • Rear Hub: Shimano Nexus Inter-8
  • Rims: Velo Orange Diagonale 650b
  • Spokes and Nipples: DT Swiss
  • Tires: Panaracer Col de la Vie 650B x 38
  • Fenders: Velo Orange stainless steel
  • Shifter: Shimano Nexus
  • Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra BL-4600
  • Brakes: Tektro Calipers
  • Water Bottle Cage: Velo Orange Retro

Who FBM Bike Company Is

FBM Bike Company started in 1993 as an association of like-minded people who loved riding bikes and having fun. At first we hand printed t-shirts and sold them out of backpacks; within five years, FBM commissioned its first BMX frames and small parts—all made in the US—. In 2001, after a fire destroyed our original offices we used the insurance money to build our own machine shop and started handcrafting BMX frames and forks in an old factory in central New York. Since then FBM has expanded its product line to include a variety of handcrafted handlebars, forks, fixed gear frames, and bike polo frames as well as line of components and soft goods. Whenever possible we make our products in house, with our own hands. 

Welding a Bicycle Frame in the FBM Machine Shop
Welding a Bicycle Frame in the FBM Machine Shop

Why We're Doing a Kickstarter

FBM is already a bike company, why do a Kickstarter?  Financing and loans aren't easy to come by these days.  While we have the capability to make the frames and forks, we don't have the tooling to manufacture them efficiently, or the money to invest in the raw materials and components to build the initial run of bikes.  FBM's core in-house manufactured products are BMX frames and most of their tooling doesn't work with larger city bikes. We will use some of the money we raise to make new tooling and the rest will be invested in stocking the raw materials for the frames and forks, and the components to build the bikes.

The Production Schedule

Once the Kickstarter ends we will get to work making the new tooling and ordering the raw materials and components for the bikes.  It will take about 4 weeks to finish the tooling and receive all of the raw materials and components for the bikes.  After that we'll start making the frames and forks and then we will assemble the bikes.  Depending on the response to the Kickstarter, the bikes will take between 4-8 weeks to complete and then they will be ready to ship.

The Rewards

FBM Woven Label
A 2.8" x 2.6" black and gold woven label of the FBM Unicorn Logo.  Made in New York.

FBM Wood/Cork Bar Ends
A set of two wood / cork bar ends laser engraved with the FBM Unicorn Logo.  Designed for handlebars with a 7/8" (22mm) diameter at the grip ends.  Laser engraved in New York.

FBM Head Badge

The FBM Unicorn Logo head badge.  2.3" x 1.5" and made of zinc.  Made in Rhode Island. 

FBM Wool Picnic Blanket with Leather Straps
A 100% pure virgin wool blanket with the black and gold FBM Unicorn Logo  and a leather blanket carrier featuring 5/8" wide straps that fit in the loops of a Brooks saddle.  The blanket is approx. 48" x 60" and is handcrafted by a family owned business in Canada.

FBM Men's Raconteur Bicycle 

Available as:

  • Frame and fork only
  • Complete bike

Sizes:

  • Medium 
       (Height: 5'5" to 5'8") (Inseam: 29" to 31")
  • Large
       (Height: 5'8" to 5'10") (Inseam: 31" to 33")
  • XL
       (Height: 5'11" to 6'3") (Inseam: 32" to 34")

Complete Bike Options:

  • 2 Speed
  • 8 Speed
  • 8 Speed with FBM Wool Picnic Blanket

The bike is designed and built by FBM, and the frame and fork are handcrafted in Central New York at the FBM Machine Shop

*** Please note that the components on the prototype bicycle in the photo may not match the components on the bike you select   

If you aren't sure of your size, contact us and we'll help you choose.

FBM Women's Raconteur Bicycle
Available as:

  • Frame and fork only
  • Complete bike

Sizes:

  • Small 
       (Height: 5'0" to 5'8")
  • Medium
       (Height: 5'8" to 6'0")

Complete Bike Options:

  • 2 Speed
  • 8 Speed
  • 8 Speed with FBM Wool Picnic Blanket

The bike is designed and built by FBM, and the frame and fork are handcrafted in Central New York at the FBM Machine Shop

*** Please note that the components on the prototype bicycle in the photo may not match the components on the bike you select  

If you aren't sure of your size, contact us and we'll help you choose.

Risks and challenges

FBM has been designing bicycle frames and components since 1998 and manufacturing bicycle frames, forks and handlebars in house since 2001. FBM's roots are in BMX and we are a well known and very respected frame manufacturer.
As an existing bicycle manufacturer I don't expect any major obstacles to the in house manufacturing of the FBM Raconteur frames and forks. Some of the money we're raising is for improved tooling and having that made may take longer than expected, but we are able to build the frames and forks with our existing tooling, just not as efficiently as we would like. There is always potential for delays from suppliers but we have established relationships with overlapping suppliers to minimize any problems.

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    FBM Raconteur Bicycle - 2 Speed --- Options: Men's in sizes Medium, Large or XL, or Women's in sizes Small or Medium. The bike is designed and built by FBM, and the frame and fork are handcrafted in Central New York at the FBM Machine Shop
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