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Legacy Frameworks creates fun and comfortable city bikes in Illinois.
In Illinois, Legacy Frameworks, helmed by framebuilder Levi Borreson, is keeping the art of framebuilding alive in Chicago. The company focuses on the domestic production of great bikes for transportation.
The Rambler model, one that Momentum Mag‘s editor-in-chief, Mia Kohout, recently had the opportunity to ride as she traveled around Chicago, is built around three different frame designs. A beautiful cobalt step-through, a punchy green diamond frame, and a burnt yellow disc brake frame provide the platform for an all-around city bike. Legacy Frameworks complete bikes built around these frames are offered as the Standard Package, which includes a single-speed setup with a Gates Carbon Drive and hub-based brakes as well as full fenders, rear rack, and generator powered lighting for $1,750 USD. These well-equipped base models can be further customized with extra options that include custom coloring, adding 2-15 gears, durable internal-gear hubs, and more.
With a focus on also being environmentally responsible in the production of their frames, Legacy Frameworks uses color powder coating procedures that have fewer emissions than wet painting. All of the Rambler bikes are designed, manufactured, and built in Chicago, with 90 percent of the frame materials manufactured within the United States.
Legacy Frameworks is demonstrating that creating fun and comfortable city bicycles with domestically produced resources can be more affordable than most may think.