One of the advantages of owning your own company is that you can get things done exactly how you want, without the hassle of going through someone else.Pro flatlanders Chris Young and Dylan Worsley took it upon themselves to make a flatland frame which addresses all the details they thought many manufacturers were missing. In a short time, the list of big names riding Infinity frames has grown to include Kevin Jones, Andrew Arroyo, Kerry Gatt, along with Dylan and Chris.
Every detail on the Infinity has been thought out in such a way that the frame is compatible with all riding styles. I asked Infinity’s Chris a few questions to get some insight into the design.
Did you and Dylan design the bike?
Yeah, just me and Dylan together.
What did you have in mind when you were designing it?
The whole purpose was that we wanted a no hassles, no games flatland bike that would be strong enough to ride street on. Our main concern was a lot of the little stuff. When you’re doing bars backwards stuff and the tire hits the pedal, we wanted to watch out for that kind of stuff. We tried to make it roomy up front for scuffing, too. We did the lower back-end for scuffing, but our other concern was that we didn’t want it too low. A lot of frames are too low back there, and if you’re at the wrong angle your foot gets sucked up into it. We found a really good, solid position in there where that doesn’t happen. We also wanted to do the platform as an optional thing, so the way we designed it makes it just as easy to have one on there or not. We kept the spacing game with the cranks in mind, having enough tire clearance. The other good thing is our seat tube angle which is better for the bars backwards tricks. Even though it’s a 19″ top tube, you aren’t all cramped-up in there. We made the back-end really stiff, so there is no flex and it’s more responsive. When you have flex, you get that tire rub on the frame which creates resistance. We just looked at a lot of the smaller things that it seems like a lot of companies don’t think about.
You guys had a lot of stuff in mind going in then.
Oh, completely. There are all these big companies that want to grab someone that knows a little about designing, but once designs are passed to them, and then to someone else, and then to the manufacturer, a lot of what they originally wanted gets lost. With us, it’s completely in our hands, and there was no one to say, “Well that’s a great idea, but we’re only going to allow this much of the idea to actually happen.” We put so much time and effort into how the outcome was going to be. It was about a year of just getting everything laid out, talking things over, getting the money together, finding a manufacturer that would deal with the design how we wanted it. A lot of things are pierced, so it was kind of rough to get someone to make it exactly how we wanted without any compromise. The guy who builds the S&M Sabbath’s builds the Infinity’s. We’re going to stay straight-up USA-made.
We also tried to watch out with the weight of the frame. We used .049″ tubing up front and .035″ tubing in back, which made the back-end a little easier to move around. It’s cool because it really balances the frame out really well. We took some time and effort. By the time we got the prototype, there were only a few small changes, and that was just with the dropouts, and an extra cable stop.”
Did you guys have flatland and street in mind in the design?
“More flatland, but a lot of people can’t afford two bikes, so we wanted someething that would be real solid and not too heavy so you can be versatile with it. I think we are going to hit the street market pretty soon. A lot of people have been telling us, “You know, if that had a longer top tube it would be a great street bike.”
Price: $340 (frame only)
Colors: Black, dark blue, metal flake silver. Custom colors available at an additional cost.
Top tube length: 19″
Chainstay length: 13.75″
Top tube O.D.: 1.5″
Down tube O.D.: 1.5″
Seat and chainstay O.D.: 7/8″
Head tube angle: 75-degrees
Misc.: The seat tube angle is designed to provide more room for tricks with the bars backwards. The frame comes with a lifetime warranty, is made in the USA, and is available with or without a platform.
Contact: Infinity Cycles 23842 Oak Lane, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070, or call (440) 779-0305.
Text and photos by Jared Souney