I am Richard Sachs. I have been building bicycle frames since 1972. And unlike many of my peers in the trade who may put their names on frames built by their assistants, or on frames built in the Orient for them to sell here, I work alone. For a Richard Sachs frame, I select the geometry, cut and braze the tubes, file the lugs, and do all the tasks necessary to complete the 4 to 6 frames I build each month. It has always been this way.
I don’t build concept bikes, trade show samples, or unrideable prototypes. I don’t choose the latest angles for this season’s riding position. And I don’t change my material choice, tube shape, or joining process with each new model year.
What I do build are rationally designed, precisely constructed, hand-finished road racing frames. I use a proprietary blend of Columbus PegoRichie tubing along with the finest investment cast, forged, and pressed steel fittings available. For my assembled bicycles, I offer Sram Red and Force ensembles, and components from Selle San Marco, Vittoria, Zipp, Cole Wheels, Cane Creek, Wippermann, and Off-The-Front to complement my frames.
Recent years have seen an increasing preoccupation with the importance of frame materials relative to a bicycle’s performance. For some companies, only tubing recently declassified by the Department of Defense will do. Some claim their bicycles are designed by real engineers with real degrees. Still others may entice you with leaflets depicting bar graphs and CAD/CAM jargon to legitimize their products. In contrast to all this, I do things the “old” way. Few bicycle makers can offer you a frame built as well as mine.
The weak link is always the work force. And all the new materials, tube shapes, or joining processes available to the industry cannot mask the compromises that are endemic to mass-produced or even low-volume framebuilding. Little, if anything at all, can cover up the shortcuts taken by other manufacturers whose main goal is to produce the most units at the lowest cost. The bike industry makes money. I make bikes.
At Richard Sachs Cycles, I am the work force.
Since 1972 my initial and singular goal has been to create a well-made, hand-built, made-to-measure bicycle frame. Through the years I have been able to combine my experience in the sport with my artisan approach to framebuilding to develop a predictable, repeatable construction assembly that enables me to produce a perfectly straight, well-balanced frame, ideally suited to the needs of each and every client placing an order.
I insist on actual quality, rather than perceived quality. The success I realize is due, in part, to the commitment I make to ensure that no compromise exists in the design, materials, construction, or finish of a Richard Sachs frame or bicycle.
I firmly believe that my high standards have been a bit easier to achieve because I do work alone. I have no apprentice and employ no outside help, either in my workroom, or in the form of subcontractors. From beginning to end, I do it all. And that includes answering the telephone. If you want to know more about my bicycle frames and how they are made … if you have a question about frame design or construction, proper fit, acceptable alignment, tolerances … anything at all, call me. I will be the one answering your call, and I would be very pleased to tell you more.