My name is Ian Sutton and Icarus frames is the culmination of my training and experience in the frame building world. I began building when I left college to attend the Yamaguchi Frame Building School in Rifle, Colorado. The training was 100% one-on-one with a one of the greats in frame building. Working with Koichi Yamaguchi taught me the basics from start to finish as well as the knowledge to create strong joints using simple tools and fillet brazed construction. Later that year I was offered a job working for Seven Cycles in Watertown, MA. I left everything behind to take that jump into the frame building world and worked first as a finisher and then later advanced to machinist. I finished and machined hundreds of frames adhering to Sevens’ rigorous quality standards. After hours I started building my own concept frames and I called it Icarus, setting up a shop with Geekhouse and Royal H Cycles in Allston, MA. Later I shared space with Bryan of Royal H Cycles in Somerville, MA.
My shop is now located in Austin, TX where I continue to design and fabricate frames one at a time for my customers.
Icarus frames is now my life -- each frame is an opportunity to expand the look and design of Icarus. People aren’t stock so neither are my bikes -- each one crafted for the particular client, in fit, ride characteristics and aesthetics.
I build primarily fillet brazed frames because it gives me the freedom to build with any tube size, shape and at any angle but with a more polished look than welded frames. Brass brazed joints take longer to create and a whole lot longer to finish but thats what it takes to create a frame that is a reflection of my intent. I work with every customer from fit up and geometry to the paint scheme. I design, machine, braze and finish each frame myself before sending out for a world-class paint job by Bryan Myers at Fresh Frame.