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Calfee Design | NAHBS 2010

Calfee Design

Calfee Design

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Craig Calfee is a leading innovator in carbon fiber frame design and manufacturing. The first to offer custom frames in carbon fiber, Calfee continues to push the high tech craftsman envelope, exploring the possibilities with new materials such as bamboo.

Craig has a form-follows-function philosophy and aesthetic that is shown in the materials selection and construction method. He chose carbon fiber because it has the best qualities for building bicycle frames: highest stiffness to weight ratio and comfortable vibration damping. The decorative aspects are limited to painting. Frame design is governed by purity of purpose and they look good because they achieve the purpose. Frame and fork alignment are a particular focus as is long-term structural integrity. This approach is inspired by nature, where all living forms evolved to perform a particular purpose. If they don’t perform, they don’t survive.

The bikes are meant to be ridden at the highest levels of competition as well as for pure enjoyment. Most frames are made to order, even the stock geometry frames. Rider weight and riding style are considered for stock frames as well as custom frames.