Frame manufacturing – a rare craftsmanship
There are few people in Switzerland who earn a living manufacturing bike frames. Chinese and Taiwanese workers dominate this field. Moreover the path to acquiring the manufacturing know-
A frame manufacturing workshop requires machining tools for working with aluminium and steel tubes. Drilling, turning, milling, sawing and soldering. All these activities must be perfectly mastered. To make Fateba longbikes, knowing how to bend the tubes requires expertise (seat and rack). Thus a frame builder is more of a generalist than a specialist and can look forward to a diversified and demanding profession.
Denis Uzelac – Frame manufacturer
After completing his apprenticeship as a metal worker and having gained some experience, Dennis was hired by Fateba in 1999 and learned to specialize in bikes under Alois Bachmann. At the time, Denis already knew how to make handsome joints. He nevertheless had to get used to working with the precision required of the thin-
Our praises for his individually-