FBM is a small independent bike company founded in 1993, and based in Johnson City, New York. Unusually, all FBM’s high quality parts, including frames, forks, grips, handlebars, headsets, pedals, seats, seatposts, sprockets and stems, are handbuilt in-house in the company’s own machine shop by a small team of staff made up of John Lee, Dylan Cole, John Corts, Mike Erb and Steve Crandall.
Among its current range of frames is a limited edition reissue of FBM’s first-ever model, the ‘Angel of Death’, available in black, clear, or red, and constructed from 100% 4130 chromoly. Other new models available are the ‘Hard Way’, designed for street riding with a steep 75.5 degree head tube angle, and Kenny Horton’s signature ‘Orphan’, as well as the ‘Steadfast CS’, with classic geometry and design, and mellow 74 degree head tube angle.
FBM’s technological know-how and well-equipped manufacturing facility means that is also in demand to make frames for other BMX brands. Among the brands it worked with in 2014 were Animal, whose top-of-the line frame is the FBM-made limited edition Vinnie Sammon signature ‘SKVR DUB’, with graphics by Jack Dub and Jay Dyer.
The FBM team is stacked full of great BMX talent – apart from Horton, the current line-up features Tom Blyth, Garrett Guilliams, Eric Hennessey and Ruel Smith. FBM’s awesome full-length videos include the classic ‘All Time Low’ from 2001, ‘Thousand Yard Stare’ (2011) and ‘Vagabond Ritual’ (2012).