Once upon a time bicycles were made from tube stock. These days it seems they may go 3D-printed. But until they get there, there are guys like California-based Brent Foes, whose Foes Racing USA company uses a hybrid of old and new technologies, like having a waterjet cut aluminum sheets into components that are then hydraulic-pressed and welded to create incredibly strong bike frames.
The Prolly is not Probably bike blog was allowed into Foes' shop, where they treated us to these shots:
Modern Marvels brought a video crew into Foes' shop, where we see not only the waterjet in action, but also his CNC mill machining components from billets:
You all know that I loves me some origin stories, so I was psyched to see this Foes factory tour video by Mountain Bike Action Magazine, where Foes—an ex-designer of racing trucks—kicks it off by telling the story of how he accidentally fell into this business. Following that we're treated to more footage of his production processes:
Learn more about the company and their products here.