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Matt McDonough of Talbot Frameworks

Talbot Frameworks is based·in London’s Crystal Palace. The Talbot family started making bikes on the site in the 1940s, they passed on the torch and name to framebuilder Matt McDonough in 2013. Matt uses the best modern steels available to make cutting edge bicycles that help riders to get the most from every ride.

All photos courtesy of Talbot Frameworks (Unless otherwise stated)

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Do you remember your first bike?

My first bike was a Raleigh Wolf. I still have it.

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How did you get into building bikes?

I got into frame building by making frames for me and my friends in the corner of a railway arch whilst I was working as a mechanic.

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How would you define your style as a framebuilder?

I try to take on jobs that other people (wisely) assume would be too much hassle.

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Who or what has inspired you along the way?

Rob English and Ted James are my favourite frame builders. Having no other marketable skills has driven me to keep frame building.

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Where is your favourite place to ride?

I prefer long, unpleasant, wet bike rides. Anything on Audax UK calendar will do.

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What can we expect to see from you at Bespoked 2018?

I will be bringing something that took far too long to make, and is probably particularly unmarketable to Bespoked this year.

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And finally, if you weren’t building bikes for a living what would you be doing?

If I wasn't framebuilding I would be doing something with performance Volvo's

 

 

 

 

Designer - Matt McDonough

Talbot Frameworks

Maker - Matt McDonough

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Talbot Frameworks makes quality steel road, cyclocross, touring, track and mountain bike frames. The frames are designed and built in South London, in a workshop attached to Blue Door Bicycles, a shop that until 2010 was owned by the Talbot family, who had built frames in the same workshop from the 1950's. The frames are designed and built by Matt McDonough and once painted, the complete bikes are assembled in the Blue Door Bicycles workshop. In addition to framebuilding we build high quality and specialist wheels under the name 'Talbot Wheelworks'. Wheels are built by Justin Russell. We will be displaying a variety of frames, complete bikes and wheels.

 

 

 

 

5 and 7 Central Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1BG

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Email - matt@talbotframeworks.co.uk

Phone - 020 8670 9767

 

 

 

 

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