The Artist and the Artwork: Tony Fast’s ESB by Super Ted Dec 19, 2009

Super Ted signing Tony Fast’s ESB Trick frame

These frames have come a long way since Ted’s first build. I spoke with him extensively about frame design and to call Ted an artist is an understatement. He’s a craftsman and a frame builder. He researched materiality and threw out the rules on geometry and went with “what felt right”. I was pretty impressed with Ted’s ability and overall, the work he’s doing at Shop 14 is awesome.

The ESBs (extra strong bikes) are made with Reynolds 853 and are double gusseted for extra strength. As World Class Cycles states:

“This seamless air-hardening steel tube sets new standards for professional cycle frames and proves that steel still has a future at the highest levels.”

Mikey posted some pictures on 14 Bike Co’s blog of the frame before everyone signed it. Here’s Super Ted, the designer and builder of the ESB, giving it the first note with a marker.

Ted, here’s a new joke for you. What did the young pirate decide to go to college for?


  • Brody

    Why does Ted always have scars on his face?

  • prolly

    because he gets really really drunk and falls. A lot. HAHA

  • john

    Our cousins from the colonies may not realise that ESB is also a well respected ale in the UK: Fullers ESB (Extra Special Bitter).

  • Joe

    where can you buy this frame online?

  • levenger

    What are those welds? Is that brass rod brazed? I don’t see any scales.

  • antihero1972

    how could there be anyone who does not know Fullers ESB its one of my favs? damn you would be missing out if you didnt. so does Ted still ride for charge?

  • Chris

    there are microbreweries that make ESB styles on this side of the pond too sir.