"I love the hand building aspect of each frame, it makes everything more personal. I can't compete with China in the production sense, but what I can do is bring a personal touch that Chinese frames will never have." -Mike Laird
My goal with Lairdframe is to make quality, custom one-off frames. There are a shit ton of good riders these days and not enough bike sponsors to go around. These really good riders don't support big brands (you know the brands I'm talking about, I've ridden for a handful of them myself). Riders buy from the core brands, which is awesome, but they rip off all the stickers. Core brands rely on image to sell their product. When you rip the stickers off, there's no image to be sold. Selling a brand through image doesn't work for me - never has. One minute you're hot, the next minute you're not.
I've been a professional bike rider for sixteen years now and I've seen so many images / styles / brands come and go. I'm not selling you a brand or an image. I'm selling you a frame that you design and customize yourself. Your own "signature" frame. Something I hope you're really proud of because when somebody asks where it came from, you'll be more than willing to tell them where to order one. You are your own image. I want to build a frame for you to express your image.
Anybody that has been riding a while knows that frames break on or around the welds, this is due to the welding process itself weakening the material from the raw/heat treated state. When welding thin gauge material it is especially critical not to overheat the base metal you're welding together. If you overheat the material you're welding you have weakened the molecular structure of that tubing. This is pretty easy to do on .035" wall tubing, which is within the normal wall thickness of an average frame on the market. It's been my main focus in starting my lairdframe project to produce the highest quality welds ever seen in the BMX market. My welding process costs about 3x more than the average welding procedure. My primary focus of lairdframe is the welding process, it's that simple.
The material I use to build my chromoly frames with is Vari-Wall's BMX specific Thermlx double-butted or straight gauge tubing. The tubing has been heat-treated (air hardened). Giving it a very high strength to weight ratio over traditional chromoly found in other frames. Our average lairdframe weighs in at 4lbs. 8ozs. (20" sized frame).
4lbs. 8ozs. not light enough for you? No problem I've got you covered. Titanium lairdframes are now available. With the average weight of a ti-lairdframe tipping the scales at a featherweight 2lb. 15ozs.(20" sized frame). This set up is a must-have for any trick oriented park rider or BMX racer. I personally ride a titanium frame now and I wish I done it earlier in my career. The amount of bike control I have now due to the reduced center of mass weight is completely insane.
When I decided to build titanium frames I took a good look at the history of titanium in freestyle BMX. Let's just say I try to learn from other people's mistakes. Ti-lairdframes are the absolute best titanium freestyle frame ever created. My headtubes and bottom brackets are machined from 6AI-4V solid stock. Machining from a solid stock allows me to have 100% of the quality control. The tubing is the finest American made 3AI-2.5V available on this planet. And just like with my chromoly frames the weld process is my primary focus.
Now with that said, titanium isn't for everyone. Titanium doesn't like a lot of shock abuse. Ti-lairdframes are designed for Park riding and BMX racing. Ti-lairdframes DO NOT have a warranty. No frame is indestructible and that includes a Ti-lairdframe. What a Ti-lairdframe does come with is a lifetime of support. So what that means if you ever have a problem with your frame I will make sure that it's repaired properly throughout the lifetime of you owning your frame.
In the end my goal with lairdframe is to build a frame to suit your needs as a rider, from amateur to the top of the line professional ranks. Let us prove to you why some of the best pros in the world choose to ride a lairdframe.