My name is Smith Levi and RatKing Frames is a culmination of a lifetime of dedication and love for cycling and fabrication.
I first started riding bikes in my youth, first with mountain bikes then road bikes in high school. Over the years I have gone back and forth, experimenting with everything in between and my riding style is ever changing. This influence can be seen in the styles of bikes I build, which are primarily larger tire-d, off road, road bikes; bicycles that you can hop on and ride confidently no matter where it takes you. I believe that, much like the rider, the bicycle shouldn't be limited to one arbitrary riding style and it is my goal to deliver something curated to your preferences.
In 2013 I started RatKing Frames. I started as an intern at a local bike shop and learned bicycle design from a local bicycle designer. Using fabrication techniques I had learned from local metalworkers, I started on my first frames using a hack saw, files, a torch, and a granite tabletop with V blocks. I built several frames this way before attended the UBI framebuilding course in March 2014. In 2015 I traveled across the county apprenticing under frame builders, conducting interviews and talking bikes with many of my heroes for 10 months. Now I am back in California and applying everything I have learned to supply you with the best possible bicycle. But I refuse to stop learning. I continue to work with local legends to continue my education and stay current on advancements in cycling technology.
RatKing Frames are built with an emphasis on utility and fun. Everything from the fit of the bike to the tubing selection are all decisions that we will make together in the design process to get you on the best possible bike suited perfectly for your needs. There is nothing more sublime than riding on a properly fit bike and it is my goal to deliver exactly that. From extended head tubes to shortened chainstays, I am here to get you the perfect fit on a bike without forfeiting ride quality, handling, or efficiency. RatKing Frames are built to ride and hand made so you can enjoy a bike that fits and rides like a bike should.