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URP MoTo V1

The Story Of How A Frame Was Born

 

URP MoTo V1

The Story Of How A Frame Was Born

 


UK Brand URP have been making parts for a few years now but 2017 has seen them jump feet first into the frame business. The MoTo V1 is born, we reached out to Mr URP Warren and here is his story of how it came to be.

So back in late 2015 I had an idea, but that’s all it was just an idea.
Luckily over the years I’ve met quite a few ingenious people off the back of my passion for all things two wheeled.
One of those people is Gary Moore, an engineer, a man of details , in some ways over obsessive.
We talked one night about my idea, about my reasons for this idea. I showed him a few scribbles I’d done I’d done with pencil and paper and this is where the MoTo V1 was born. Gary decided to come on board and well the rest you’ll read below.
Firstly my scribblings were hastily consigned to the bin with the manner of a used tissue and Gary set to work.
The brief was this, a frame that was what I consider future proof, a frame that is highly adjustable, a frame that would be the first production disc brake specific item, a frame that could run chain but more importantly the gates carbon belt drive without the need for any type of added linkage in the stays of the frame.
So over the next 3-4 months Gary worked every bit of spare time designing a completely new frame from the ground up. He’s a clever bloke and devised what we call the Möbius drop out system. This system allows us to use any currently available axle configuration by just using the interchangeable sliding puck. The puck also incorporates the caliper mount which means that when a rider needs to adjust his chain then it is just a case of loosening the 4 retaining bolts and using the integrated chain tugs. Because the the dropouts and axle stay stay secure the whole unit moves as one meaning the back wheel will always stay central in the frame.
Moving forward we wanted the stiffest interface that could be achieved in the BB area, not only crank/axle configuration but also we needed to think about welding area for the wide chain stays. PF30 was chosen as we thought this covered both areas of concern. Moving forward we wanted the ability to adjust the head angle of the frame, our thinking for this is that tracks are changing all over the world, SX tracks need more stability but a USABMX regular track would be served better by a slightly steeper head angle so we went with a tapered head tube that allows the use of angle adjust semi integrated head sets, meaning we can go + or – 1deg from its standard.
So after many variations of CAD images with tweeks to angles and tubing shapes we set out to get it manufactured.  We started by having the möbius system 3D printed to see how it looked in the real world ,We then set about getting the process started, we really  wanted to get this  done in the UK but the cost was just too high to ever make a frame that had a consumer friendly price point. So reluctantly we had to go to Asia, now this isn’t a bad thing at all, everything that we needed was available under one factory roof and with a very knowledgeable agent the process was quite painless although still quite long as each step needed to be checked and then checked again before being signed off.
So after what seems an eternity ( 14 months in reality ) the prototype frames arrived in the uk and the testing can start.
You’ll be able to see the frames being raced this year and we will have a belt drive bike available for people to have a ride on. Please feel free to come have a chat anytime you see us, even if it’s to just accuse us of taking it too far, we are thick skinned and are happy to hear any feedback even if it’s negative ( positive is much nicer though ) .
Warren

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