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
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)
Rake 35mm
Brake Options Removable Canti, 51mm I.S. Disc, Both or None
Material 4130 Chromoly
COLORS Black, Clear, Trans Blue, Trans Red

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