About

 

The Isen partnership has been formed by award-winning framebuilders, Caren Hartley and Matt McDonough.

Matt builds bicycles under the name Talbot Frameworks and loves to incorporate new technologies into traditional framebuilding. 

Caren builds bicycles as Hartley Cycles. She first trained as a jeweller and silversmith and went on to work on sculptures and large scale public art. She has combined her expertise in metalwork and design to create bicycles equal in beauty and performance.

Between them they have nearly 87 dog years experience in the bicycle industry.

A partnership was formed and they have cast off the shackles of artisinal craft; binned their hand files, Belle and Sebastian original vinyls and Mac book pros; in order to fully embrace unfettered capitalism. 

They have teamed up to offer high quality steel bikes in production sizes, with SICK CANDY FADES, handmade from start to finish in the UK. 

A callous disinterest in our workforce (us) allows us to bring you hand-built, high-end bikes at prices that should be illegal.  Your frames will be ruthlessly built in a faceless workshop, one after another, on the unfriendliest of productions lines, with soul crushing repetition.

The first Isen Workshop off-the-peg frames will be All-Season Road bikes, perfect for long rides on incredibly fashionable mixed terrain. Frame tubes will be a specially selected combination of the best of Reynolds, Columbus and Dedacciai's steel tubing, creating almost unimaginable levels of lateral stiffness and vertical compliance.  Fork will be full carbon, flat mount disc and mudguard mounts, tapered carbon 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 steerer, 12mm through axle, internal cable routing for brake.

Frame sizes are available from 47cm to 59cm, there will be a maximum tyre clearance of 35c without mudguards. We aim to provide high performance bicycles for customers of every size and will be twinning our smaller frames with 650c wheels, keeping the geometry proportional to the rider and the handling spot on.