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In our fourth instalment of ‘Made in’, where we look at the resurgence in the ‘hand built’, we visit Curtis Bikes. There are few names that could compete with this company, in fact I know of at least one frame builder who credits his entrance into the custom frame building world to them...

From Dirt Issue 139 - September 2013

Words by Ali Todd. Photos by Ben Winder

Curtis… 1972 vintage, their frames have been a constant in the mountain biking and BMX world for a long time now. Of course you can get a similar–looking Far Eastern frame for next to nothing, but the soul, the heritage… will it ever match what you get from a Curtis frame? Of course not.

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Brian Curtis sold the business to Gary years ago, but still does the brazing on the frames once Gary has cut and shaped the tubes, at a usual rate of around one a day. Recently branching out into offering frame building courses, Curtis have been a bit quiet over the last few years, but that doesn’t stop them doing what they do best – making what is essentially art (in the form of lovingly tended steel) for mountain bikers.