Mixed Media Engineering is proud to introduce 'The Jiggernaut': an affordable bicycle frame jig that enables anyone to build a high-quality, custom bicycle.
You can buy the Jig and various kits at www.flatpackfoundry.com
Dave and I have wanted to build our own bicycle frames for years. Being bike enthusiast as well as handy people, there's just something about a unique, hand crafted frame that resonated with us.
While researching frame building, we discovered that there's a tool called a frame jig that is really nice to have when building your own frames. Basically, the frame jig holds all of the tubes in 3D space while you fit and weld them. We found some pre-made frame jigs for sale, but they were over a thousand dollars, which was more than we wanted to spend on a hobby that we'd never tried before. We racked our brains for ways to solve the problem and realized that we could probably build one out of MDF (inexpensive and flat) and have the pieces CNC routed (automated manufacturing). After prototyping a few jigs and building our first frame we knew that there had to be other people out there in the same boat as us. So to test the waters we launched our frame jig, The Jiggernaut, on Kickstarter.
The Jiggernaut begins life as a half sheet of ¾” thick MDF and is CNC routed into an easily assembled, lightweight jig that can be packed flat for shipping. Once unpacked, the jig is transformed into a 3D structure using the included fasteners.The jig is highly adjustable and can accommodate most types of frame geometries and tube sizes. We want to make this product a reality for every aspiring frame builder and help spread the word that 'Made in America' is back.
The Jiggernaut starts at just $349 and we also sell kits that include tubing to build either a road bike or a mountain bike starting at just $529.