Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
If you’re outside the UK…
The published prices include VAT (20%) for UK customers only. VAT will be removed when your shipping country is entered before checkout: no payment details are requested at this stage.
You can complete your order by credit or debit card, bank transfer or PayPal.
Card payments: Global Payments is the secure payment gateway. If you are outside the UK we advise you to contact your card issuer to avoid them declining your transaction.
Paying in USD: If you’d prefer to pay in USD by card or bank transfer, let us know in the customer notes section at checkout then select Bank Transfer as your payment choice. Your order will be created and we will contact you.
PayPal: A 2% transaction fee is added to the invoice total to cover the Cross Border Fee that PayPal charge for processing a transaction outside the account-holding country.
We ship worldwide.
If you can’t select your country at checkout then contact us and we’ll give you a quote: let us know your address or post/zip code.
Couriers and rates.
- £15 to UK.
- £45 to EU.
- £115 to North America.
- £140 to Asia, Australasia, Pacific, Global.
Small packages are usually sent by Royal Mail or Parcelforce and ship for free.
Pipedream frames are fabricated in Taiwan.
Duty and taxes.
You, the customer, are responsible for any duty*, tax or fees demanded by customs or by freight handlers when your order is imported so we advise you to contact your relevant authorities to check the charges.
The Harmonised Tariff Code for bicycle frames and forks and parts thereof begins with 8714.91.XX. All other component parts begin with 8714.XX.XX (where XX identifies the item).
Customers in the USA can find the information they need at Section XVII, Chapter 87 or from their local authorities.
*It is the responsibility of you, the customer, to confirm and calculate duty rates: any information above is provided for guidance only and may be subject to change.
VAT is zero-rated for EU customers. Our published prices include VAT but this will be removed when your shipping country is entered before checkout: no payment details are requested at this stage.
Couriers and rates.
Shipping to the EU is £45 and is handled by TNT or DHL. For speed and peace of mind we use an express service which is tracked, insured and signed-for. Small packages are usually sent by Royal Mail or Parcelforce and ship free of charge.
Rules of origin.
Pipedream frames are fabricated in Taiwan.
Duty and taxes.
Before 1st January 2021, VAT was included at checkout but this is now charged at import. With the addition of duty, the cost of goods are approximately 5% more than before.
You, the customer, are responsible for any EU duty, tax or fees demanded by customs or by freight handlers when your order is imported so we advise you to contact your relevant authorities to check the charges.
The Harmonised Tariff Code for bicycle frames and forks and parts thereof begins with 8714.91.XX. All other component parts begin with 8714.XX.XX (where XX identifies the item). EU duty* on bicycle frames and forks and parts thereof (of non-preferential origin) is charged at 4.7%.
*Any information above is provided for guidance only and may be subject to change.
Information about sizes, fit and more.
However, with only 2 sizes the normal monikers of small (S), medium (M), large (L) and extra-large (XL) didn’t seem appropriate so we chose Long and Longer instead. S/M and L/XL might have been more recognisable but really, they’re not that much more informative without ‘numbers’: one brands’ medium might be another brands’ large and herein lies the problem with labelling. With the addition of smaller sizes to our line-up, Longish was the natural choice. Confused?
This is one of the reasons why geometry tables are provided. But, how do you use this data?
If you compare our geometry to the data for your current bike (or some other reference frame), this should give you some indication of fit.
The Geometry and Sizing tabs can be found at the bottom of our frame pages and they provide frame data and sizing recommendations to help you choose the best Pipedream bike for you.
For more information, check out the Fit tab below.
Don’t be nervous, the frames are not as big as Longish, Long and Longer would suggest.
Static fit & dynamic fit
The effective top tube (ETT) length is used to determine your static fit i.e. your seated riding position. Assuming your current bike is a good fit, we recommend you chose the size which is the closest comparison.
However, make sure you factor in the stem length too (our MTB frames are optimised to use 25-45mm stems). You should also consider the rise and sweep of your bars.
Don’t worry about the reach as this will all make sense when you’re off the saddle and in the attack position: this is the dynamic fit of the frame.
We also suggest you compare the wheelbase of your current bike as this can give you an indication of how the bike might handle compared to what’s familiar to you.
We have size charts on our frame pages but if you’re between sizes or still uncertain about fit then give us a call and we can help you out.
Very simply, reach is the length of the frame in front of the bottom bracket. Mountain biking is dynamic and a frame with a longer reach will generally climb and handle technical sections of trails easier.
However, there’s a relationship between all of those numbers in a geometry table so if you change one, it has an impact on others. For example, two bikes with the same effective top tube (ETT) length and head tube angle but with a different effective seat angle would have a different reach. This is illustrated here.
Fork length and travel.
You need to use a 29er fork if you plan on using 27.5+ wheels and tyres.
If you use a 27.5 fork then bear in mind that the axle to crown length will typically be the same as a 29er with 20mm less fork travel.
If you want to see how fork length affects the geometry of the bike then you can use this Geometry Calculator.
Fork offset and trail.
Don’t worry about fork offset too much: our frames work with all modern fork offsets.
Fork offset affects trail but so does wheel and tyre size. If you want to get super-geeky then check out the Bicycle Trail Calculator which will allow you to compare different set-ups. Your choice of fork will depend on where you ride and the kind of handling and performance you’re looking for.
Very simply, a reduced offset fork will have almost the same effect on trail as reducing the head angle by 1 degree. For an explanation of what trail is, there’s some links at the bottom.
Demystifying Fork Offset and Trail – NSMB.com
What’s wrong with having increased trail? – MBR
The Moxie is optimised for 29er forks between 140-170mm travel and the geometry table is based on a axle to crown measurement of 552mm . This approximates to a 160mm 29er fork, sagged 25% (rider on board).
The Sirius is optimised for 29er forks between 100-120mm travel and the geometry table is based on a axle to crown measurement of 483mm . This approximates to a 120mm travel fork, sagged 25% (rider on board).
What size tyres fit?
That depends on a few things…
Your wheel size, rim size and make/model of tyre are all factors that determine fit.
Our MTBs will happily take a 27.5 x 2.8″ tyre. Plus-tyres will typically offer more comfort and grip but the higher volume and lower pressure means they also have more drag.
If you have well-built wheels with 30mm (internal) rims, then most 2.5″ 29er tyres will fit and you might even be able to fit a 2.6″ in the Moxie and Sirius frames, depending on make or model of tyre.
The Full Moxie will fit 2.6″ on 35mm (internal) rims.
For what it’s worth.
We’ve tried a lot of different 29er tyre and rim combinations and we’ve found the optimal set-up for weight, traction, comfort, speed and durability is a 30mm internal rim and 2.35-2.4″ tyre.
Our experience of higher volume tyres is that they offer a marginal increase in traction and comfort but they’re typically a lot heavier. If the manufacturer has managed to make them light, then our experience has been that the side-walls often don’t last a day or the knobs come off. So, for what it’s worth, we’re prepared to give up a little bit of volume for the performance and reassurance that a high-quality, mid-size tyre offers.
The Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 2.35″ Super Gravity and Michelin Wild Enduro, 2.4″ are just a couple of our recommendations.