Mark Nobilette Townie

Mark Nobilette Townie

The tradition of American frame builders is long and twisted, like the boughs of an old oak tree. There are many branches, some thicker and more established than others. One of those is Colorado’s Mark Nobilette, who has been brazing tubes together since 1973.

Mark is still at it, applying the skills he learnt from another legendary American frame builder, Albert Eisentraut. He’s been the chief builder of Rivendell frames, the steel frames for Boulder’s Zinn Cycles and numerous pro racers. He’s what you’d refer to as ‘the frame builder’s builder’.

This townie is an acute example of his skill. Built up by Winnipeg’s Natural Cycle Worker Co-op Limited, it bears the beautiful fillet brazed joins that he is known for and, according to the customer’s request, fitted with as many US-made parts as possible.

Natural Cycle specialise in single speed bikes so, naturally, the drivetrain consists of White Industries cranks and chainrings. Paul Components supplied the rest of the spec sheet: road hubs, Tall & Handsome seat-post, Racer Medium brakes, levers, cable hangers and chain keeper.

Special thanks to Mark Reimer for the photos and Andrew Dalton for the spec sheet. Head to the Natural Cycles website for more information and Mark’s flickr stream for more photos.

Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie
Mark Nobilette Townie

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  • tertius_decimus

    Love such beautiful color scheme. It’s simple, not too catchy, so it never gets old and never annoys. You can sit back at the park and just look at it all day long.

  • ABW

    Any idea why the clamp on cable stop?

    • Andrew Dalton

      ABW, that was the only way to use the Paul center pulls. If the brazed on stop was used, turning the bars would lock the front brake.

      Paul brakes were really important to the customer. The cable stop is kind of a shame, but he’s happy and I’m happy..

      -Andrew

      • ABW

        Ah, got it. No matter, still a beautiful bike.

  • http://www.neilbridge.co.uk/ Mr_Bridge

    There are so many beautiful details to this frame but I too am a bit puzzled by the build. There are perfect subtle cable stops on the head-tube, so why clamp a big black(!) ugly one to the down-tube? The DA rear derailleur really doesn’t look great here, and race-grade kit like that isn’t ideal for a ‘townie’.

    • ABW

      Read the reply above – had they used the brazed on stops, the cable for the front brake would interfere with the rear derailleur cable when turning.