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Welcome to a page dedicated to CLIFF SHRUBB – Master Frame Builder!
Cliff has been building frames for more years than he cares to remember, having worked at many and various shops, and for the last 10 years has been building frames at the request of anyone that can track him down. Cliff builds only in steel and he not only designs the frames to your requirements, he also keeps you involved with progress all along the build.
Cliff builds in the new Reynolds 953!
Since building the Columbus Ultra Foco for me, my brother decided that he would like to try the new Reynolds tubing – 953, and who better to build it for him than the one and only Cliff Shrubb. There was a queue for a new frame from Cliff – he had the audacity to build a frame for himself, also in 953. (The first frame Cliff has built for himself in over 25 years!) 953 is a stainless steel tube set and Cliffy complained about how hard it was to work with and how it blunts all his cutting tools, but nevertheless two frames were produced, a road frame for Cliff, completed with the new SRAM groupset, and a track frame for Jeff, (with brake bridge, for single speed road use). The problem with the track frame was that Jeff decided to go “Old School” and requested a lugged frame, and as 953 is in new metric sizes, with an oversize downtube, this posed a problem! Cliff had to hunt around for lugs, having to make some fit, although the seatpost/top tube lug was a major problem until Cliffy found that a tandem lug was the right diameter, but needed to lose some part of it. A bit of cutting and filing made the perfect lug and Cliff was able to produce the required, fully lugged frame. Paint was again left to David Crowe of Colour-Tech Resprays (01322 555549), with Cliff’s frame being finished in ‘Battleship Grey’, and Jeff’s in plain Gloss Black, with Gold lug lining. David Crowe is one of the few sprayers who is prepared to take the time to do lug lining, and the results were excellent, and with gold Cliff Shrubb decals the frame looks superb.
The fork is a full carbon
The completed bike looks stunning and doesn’t get ridden too far without someone stopping Jeff to be able to take a closer look at the bike. The pictures do not really do justice to Cliffs work, but rest assured it is perfect. (Jeff almost didn’t get it sprayed, he was just going to have it polished and lacquered, to show off the workmanship!) When it does get going it rides and handles just the way it was designed to do, Thanks Cliff. (Below the bike is pictured at Bike Plus in Croydon, photo by Paul Smith)
Recently, at the request of me, Steve Wright,
Cliff was persuaded to build a light steel frame (