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We've been working with Sarto, a tube-to-tube carbon frame builder in Padova, Italy, for a while, we have a mini-production run bike done for Planet X called the Mondo, and we're about to launch a full custom project with them, handled via us at Planet X, with full bikefitting and custom frame service at an amazingly good price.

They build frames for many of the top pro riders, and repaint them to look like production models. They are amazing.

Brant went over to visit them last week...

"I got to see exactly how they do some aspects of their production, and so the Fatty Carbon came about because I wanted to see how flexible their manufacturing systems were. If they could make a custom Fatty for us, I know they can cope with anything.

The frame's as you see it now, and is dimensionally similar to our Fatty alloy frame, but with a 600mm top tube to give that custom thing I wanted. I'm hoping to be able to race it in the race in mid February. 

The details you've can see on the pictures are representative of the model we're making there. The seat tube will be cut at the white line about eight inches from the top. There's going to be a reinforcing strut to the top tube "somehow". The chainstays give the same internal clearance as our current bike, but there's no reason we couldn't go wider, but we're just sticking to what dims we know work, due to our short lead time requirement. 

They didn't let me see all their production methods. The carbon wrapping process is hidden behind closed doors so there's stuff I really don't know, but I'm 100% confident in their construction. They've even made 20in trials bikes for people in the past!

I would hope the frame could retail for around £2500 (USD$3250).

We'll bring you more detail when we have it.."



31 January 2013