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.