Primate Frames All-Mountain

Primate Frames  All-Mountain

About two hours ride south of Sydney stands the Illawarra Escarpment, a dramatic series of cliffs that rise up from the coast, extends about one hundred kilometers south and reaches heights of almost 800 meters above the sea. It’s home to Tarn Mott and Primate Frames, who built this burly rig to blast the single trail that traces through its hills.

Tarn is a burly man himself, an adventurous frame builder who doesn’t baulk at any challenge, whether the order is for a BMX, cargo bike, kick scooter, folding bike or tandem. I recently had the pleasure of riding the Mistral, a stainless steel road frame he built for McLennan Cycles—a highly refined ride, yet I also felt like I could chop a mountain in two with it.

The All-Mountain bounces on a usable 6″ of travel, runs an Alfine internal rear hub and sports a handmade, high flange front hub that’s a robust match to the frame. A clear coated finish reveals Tarn’s engineering skill and his forté: producing bomb proof frames of all shapes and sizes that can take everything you, or the terrain, can dish out. I can vouch for that: he made my wedding ring.

Contact Tarn through the Primate Frames website.

Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain
Primate Frames  All-Mountain

  • Holy eff how high is that bottom bracket? 18/19″ that is crazy… worst cornering bike ever?

    • Keir

      He’s been riding MTB over twenty years, there is a chance he knows what hes doing.

      • Lewn

        From the height of the BB and the three finger death grip brake lever location the answer is……NO.

  • leeroy

    Love the bmx feel and graphics on the frame, how does the concentric pivot work for you? My experience with them was not great (killswitch). Really like the use of internal hubs too. I have to agree with tyler and lewn though, bb height is like a bender huck bike. With some more geo tweaks this bike would be sick

  • jammy

    that seat tube pass-thru tunnel deal looks so shitty

  • what is the brand of the rear wheel?

    • Shimano Alfine hub, not sure about the rim… Love the Brooklyn Machine Works barends & pedals on here— a bike that would make those guys proud. Also, is that a custom Marzo lower?! Awesome!

  • Ian

    Even if the bottom bracket wasn’t on the moon, a concentric BB pivot is awful for that much travel… at sag every pedal stroke will just get sucked into the shock. I want to see more steel full suspension bikes, but they have to start with a sorted design: fit, geo, anti-squat, and shock rate.

  • Emilio

    Joao, the rim is a Velocity. You can find an old Rigida DP22 too if you want the look. But for me nothing like the old HED cross country (Ringlé) rims.