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About – Ravens Cycles

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Who Am I?

I’m Kial Wright and I’ve been designing and building steel bikes since 2013. I’m a keen cyclist and have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember. I raced MTB as a youth and moved into road racing in my late teens riding for Dinnington RC both here in the UK, and abroad riding Belgian Kermesses. Although I gave up racing long ago, I still enjoy riding my bike and try to get out on as many club rides as I can.

By trade, I am a Mechanical Design Engineer and served an apprenticeship which included roles in fitting, welding and machine shop; all skills needed for designing and building steel bike frames.

I originally got into frame building after failing to find a stem that fitted in with the look of my Ciocc steel bike. All the modern aluminium and carbon stems just didn’t look right so I set about and built my own steel lugged stem. Not long after, I built myself my first steel bike.

My girlfriend would say I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I would say, if you’re going to do something, you have to do it right and I hope my frames reflect this. I build the frames in my workshop using my self-made jig, cutting and braising equipment.

  • Provide a fully bespoke made-to-measure frame
  • Fully assemble your bespoke bike to the highest standards
  • A bike is for life, not just for Christmas. It is artisan engineering at its finest #bikeforlife
  • Educating people about steel; it can be light, it can be fast #racingsteel

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Kial Wright
Kial WrightBespoke Steel Frame Builder
As a senior design engineer and a keen cyclist since my youth having many years racing and touring experience, I want to share the artisan way of owning a bespoke bike, tailored to your measurements and lifestyle.

Some of my highlights

My favorite bike project so far was building “Passion”, the modern looking racing bike. The curved seat stay junction is a unique feature and allows for the internal cable routing. I received many complements from showing at Bespoked 2014. The paint work itself is a work of art and it’s certainly eye-catching and a great talking point. Saying that, it didn’t come without it’s difficulties…trying to run a copper tube from the headtube to the rear drop-out in one continuous piece proved to be a labor of love!
Although I’ve only be frame building for a few years, one of the nicest things to happen was to have an article written about Ravens Cycles in Ingram’s Review; it’s a quarterly lifestyle journal for Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. There were some really nice photos of “Le Tour” which even made it to the opening contents page.

I build the frames at home in my workshop. I started off with the very basics; hack-saw, files & brazing torch. Each frame I have built I acquire some new equipment to help with the accuracy and speed of the frame building process. I try to do everything in-house and only sub-contract where specialist equipment is needed such as the chrome plating and paintwork.

I’ve got a 7 year old Border Collie called Lance (no guessing who he’s named after) so I enjoy taking him out for long walks in the countryside and days out in the Peak District. As long as I’m outside doing something, I’m pretty happy whether it’s walking, cycling or taking photographs.