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Raconteur City Bicycles

FBM Raconteurs – Men’s and Women’s City Bikes Designed and Handcrafted in New York.

FBM Raconteur - Men's 8 Speed Bike
FBM Raconteur – Men’s 8 Speed Bike

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

 
The Raconteur’s 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.

FBM Raconteur - Women's 8 Speed Bike
FBM Raconteur – Women’s 8 Speed Bike
The components have been carefully selected for quality, purpose and style.  They include existing FBM designed components: Nice nylon platform pedals, Black Heart kraton rubber grips, and the new FBM wood/cork bar ends.  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 Head Badge
FBM Raconteur Head Badge
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
Brooks Saddle
Brooks Saddle
Shimano Nexus 8 Speed Hub
Shimano Nexus 8 Speed Hub

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 Black Heart
  • 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 Black Heart
  • 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 Alfine
  • Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra BL-4600
  • Brakes: Tektro Calipers
  • Water Bottle Cage: Velo Orange Retro
FBM Raconteur - Men's 2 Speed Bike
FBM Raconteur – Men’s 2 Speed Bike
FBM Men’s Raconteur Bicycle

Available as:

  • Frame and fork only
  • Complete bike

Sizes:

  • Medium
    (Height: 5’5″ to 5’8″) (Inseam: 31″ to 32″)
  • Large
    (Height: 5’8″ to 5’10”) (Inseam: 33″ to 34″)
  • XL
    (Height: 5’11” to 6’3″) (Inseam: 34″ to 35″)

Complete Bike Options:

  • 2 Speed
  • 8 Speed

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

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

FBM Raconteur - Women's 8 Speed Bike
FBM Raconteur – Women’s 8 Speed Bike
FBM Women’s Raconteur Bicycle
Available as:

  • Frame and fork only
  • Complete bike

Sizes:

  • Small
    (Height: 5’0″ to 5’4″)
  • Medium
    (Height: 5’4″ to 5’8″)

Complete Bike Options:

  • 2 Speed
  • 8 Speed

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

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

Ballista Framesets Available Now

fbm ballista frameset trans red front angle

The FBM Ballista Frameset

designed for hardcourt bike polo

Handcrafted in New York by FBM Bike Co. the Ballista is a tig welded, 4130 chromoly frameset designed for the specific needs of hardcourt bike polo players.

We started with the original FBM Sword frame geometry and tube set, and, with input from Evan George and Koyo Maeda of Seattle’s The Assassins, designed the Ballista. We increased the height of the headtube for a more upright riding position, decreased the height of the seat tube for more standover clearance above the top tube, used a bulge butted seat tube for more strength in the top tube / seat stay junction, and added optional front and rear canti mount brakes and optional front disc brakes. Check out the complete specs and more photos here.

Evan and Koyo, who rode prototype Ballistas in the 2013 Worlds, where The Assassins took 3rd place and Koyo was named MVP, have this to say about the frameset: “It’s the jam saucy, real buttery” – Koyo, “This is the dopest bike, it’s super fun to ride, I love it” – Evan.

The FBM Ballista framesets are available from your local bike shop, online direct from Last Call Distro, or you can give us a call at 607-729-2803.

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The FBM Ballista Frameset

Koyo and Evan at the 2013 Worlds

Introducing the FBM Ballista Frameset

designed for hardcourt bike polo

Handcrafted in New York by FBM Bike Co. the Ballista is a tig welded, 4130 chromoly frameset designed for the specific needs of hardcourt bike polo players.

We started with the original FBM Sword frame geometry and tube set, and, with input from Evan George and Koyo Maeda of Seattle’s The Assassins, designed the Ballista. We increased the height of the headtube for a more upright riding position, decreased the height of the seat tube for more standover clearance above the top tube, used a bulge butted seat tube for more strength in the top tube / seat stay junction, and added optional front and rear canti mount brakes and optional front disc brakes. Check out the complete specs below.

Evan and Koyo, who rode prototype Ballistas in the 2013 Worlds, where The Assassins took 3rd place and Koyo was named MVP, have this to say about the frameset: “It’s the jam saucy, real buttery” – Koyo, “This is the dopest bike, it’s super fun to ride, I love it” – Evan.

We’re taking pre-orders from now until the end of the year for a batch of framesets that will be available to ship in February 2014. The retail price is $750; we require a 50% deposit to place a pre-order; the other 50% plus freight will be due prior to shipping. Orders can be placed online at Last Call, through your local FBM dealer, or you can give us a call at 607-729-2803.

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Frame Specs
Size Top Tube Length Seat Tube Length Head Tube Angle Seat Tube Angle Chain Stay Length Bottom Bracket Drop Stand Over Height
(approx)
Small 523mm 460mm 73.5 74.5 395mm 55mm 755mm (29.7″)
Medium 544mm 500mm 74 74 395mm 55mm 795mm (31.3″)
Large 569mm 540mm 74.5 73.5 395mm 55mm 832mm (32.8″)
Head Tube 1-1/8″
Bottom Bracket Width 68mm
Seat Post Diameter 27.2mm
Rear Dropout Spacing 120mm
Brake Options Removable Canti or None
Material 4130 Chromoly
COLORS Black, Clear, Trans Blue, Trans Red
Fork Specs
Steerer Tube 1 piece CNC machined
300mm long
1-1/8″ threadless
Blades 1″ tapered to 1/2″
Dropouts 3/16″ thick laser cut
Axle Spacing 100mm
Fork Length
(crown to center of axle)
375mm
Rake 35mm
Brake Options Removable Canti, 51mm I.S. Disc, Both or None
Material 4130 Chromoly
COLORS Black, Clear, Trans Blue, Trans Red

Flat BlackClearTrans Bluetrans-red-color-sample

Sword Framesets In Stock Now

fbm sword headbadge closeup

The FBM Sword SQ framesets in new colorways are available now.

The latest colorways are flat black, clear and trans gold and it’s available in three sizes 48cm, 52cm and 56cm.

The Sword SQ frameset has traditional track geometry, is tig welded 4130 chromoly, and is handcrafted in the FBM machine shop in Johnson City, NY. Check the Sword page for complete specs and help selecting your size.

Thanks to everyone that pre-booked their frames.  The Sword is available through any FBM or Last Call dealer or can be ordered direct from FBM at the Last Call online store.  Quantities are limited so if you aren’t able to get one from this batch, contact us to reserve one from the next one.

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Step Through City Bike Prototype: Handcrafted

FBM Step Through Raconteur Profile ViewIntroducing the FBM Step Through City Bike prototype.  It is the sister frameset to the FBM City Bike Prototype featured here in April.

Like the City Bike Prototype,  it has a classic design, uses 650b wheels and a Sword fork with additional rake to provide the easy handling you want in a city bike.  It’s tig welded, uses all 4130 Chromoly tubing and is made in the FBM Machine Shop in Johnson City, NY.

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