ITALIANO

PRODUCTION

RAL# 1018
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Where our frames our made

Pergine Valsugana, Italy.
When we started DeAnima it was immediately clear that what ever we made had to be produced by us, fruits of our ideas, a reflection of what we believe in. When we talk about produced by us we mean made with our hands by one of us, not designed by us and made in a far away land. To get to the frames we have today has taken many years and multiple designs. Its not been easy, we studied and designed, its not just all about manufacturing processes, its also about applying knowledge to new materials with new possibilities. Its also been about keeping traditional Italian skills alive which have in the last 2 decades been largely forgotten.



How our frames are made

Carbon. Made from carbon fibre fabric and joined using wrapped carbon joints. The use of carbon fibre is not something you learn overnight, we started using carbon fibre at the beginning of 2000 when carbon fibre made its entry into the world of cycling. Everything is born with the design of the tubes and the construction of the moulds. Very important is how the layers of carbon fibre are laid up in the moulds, the layup has a big effect on the rigidity of the structure. The production of a frame starts by mitering the tubes to the required design, inserting them into the frame jig and bonding the joints. Once the frame has been been cooked in the oven the frame is removed from the jig and the joints are then wrapped with carbon fabric impregnated with resin (prepeg). The frame is then bagged, the air removed, and put in the oven to be cooked. Once removed from the oven we then lightly sandpaper the wrapped joints and a coat of resin is applied. The frame is then sandpapered all over, checked for alignment and finishing before being painted.

Lugged Steel. Its the most classic way to build a bicycle frame and its the pride of the Italian frame building tradition. Until the middle of the 80's it was the standard way. You join a set of tubes with lugs, braze it all together using brass and finish it by filing. We use Dedacciai tubing and LongShen lugs.



Paint Finish

Paint is something that everyone takes for granted, in reality its actually one of the hardest things to achieve, getting paint with a perfect finish. Its a process that has many stages and requires drying time in the oven between coats of paint, the whole process can take up to 2 days. All the frames are spray painted by hand, we do not use any type of transfers, stickers or electro static finishing. The frames are first sanded down to the raw frame material and then a base primer is applied. Then we move on to the various colours of the graphics, applying various stencils, we finish by applying a clear gloss or matt coat. Naturally between each coat we have to wait for the paint to dry either by air or oven. The frame graphic designs are applied using stencils that are cut in vinyl using a plotter from vector files, the stencil is then applied to the frame, paint is then sprayed onto the stencil and then removed leaving the desired design. For each colour there is a stencil, meaning that more complicated the design more stencils are required. It is a very slow way of spaying frames and can take many hours to complete just one frame. But we think that the results speak for themselves.
Paint Designs available here
Paint Chart available here



Testing

In these days of ever increasing use of computers and sensors to gather information on frame performance we also enjoy actually getting out riding our bikes - throw it down a steep descent, run it through some scary corners and climb some of the big mountains around us. These tests tell us that we have an excellent handling bike that you can ride all day and handles with a good balanced manor. Sometimes too much is not efficient, we think its time to got back to having a bike that you can ride, that is not so ultra stiff that its hard to corner or beats you up over long distances.



Quality

When you buy a DeAnima frame we are making it for you and with you in mind.



Delivery Time

Delivery time is generally 8 to 10 weeks for order confirmation.

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