Bicycles showcase a variety of frame shapes and styles, and to add a layer of complexity, various brands might use different names for the same style of frame. To clear up any confusion, we've put together a guide to help you decipher the diverse world of bicycle frames.


This frame design is the most widely used and has been the default choice since the inception of bicycles over a century ago. Instantly recognizable with its distinctive double-diamond shape, it remains a classic in the cycling world.

Also known as: Diamond frame


Say goodbye to the top crossbar with this frame design, making it incredibly practical for easy mounting and dismounting. No more swinging your leg over! To maintain rigidity, the downtube is often reinforced. Pro tip: Want to mount these frames on rear carriers? Consider fitting a fake crossbar. Contact us for more details.

Check-out our video on why a Low-Step might be right for you!

Also known as: Step-Through, Easy-Entry, Wave, Open Frame


This frame style falls between the crossbar and step-through designs, showcasing a lower crossbar that allows riders to step "over" rather than through the frame.

This frame shape can often be more palatable for riders who want the easier access of a low-step frame but prefer the aesthetics of a crossbar bike.

Also known as: Trapeze, Low-Standover


These bikes cater to a specific niche (although they are gaining in popularity) and typically come equipped with smaller 20" or 24" wheels. Primarily designed for utility purposes, especially for riders with limited storage space, they often boast handlebars that can be effortlessly turned 90 degrees or folded flat—making them convenient for compact storage and easy transportation.

Also known as: Micro-Cargo


Exactly as the name suggests, these bikes come with a frame hinge enabling them to be folded in half. Additionally, the handlebars and pedals can be folded down and inward. Commonly equipped with 16" or 20" wheels, they're designed for ultimate convenience and compact storage.

Also known as: Fold-Up

Cargo - Longtail

Cargo frames boast exceptional strength and length, living up to their name by providing ample capacity for heavy loads. Typically, these frames offer various cargo options, allowing you to customize them for transporting people, children, goods, or any other cargo you may need to carry.

With the increase in the cost of living and road congestion, plus their eco-credentials, cargo bikes are becoming increasingly popular as a second-car alternative.   

Also known as: Carry-Cargo     

Cargo  - Box

These frames are equipped with a front or rear box set on two or three wheels, specifically designed to handle substantial weight. Popular for transporting people, children, and cargo instead of a car. Given their combination of carrying capacity, eco-credentials and ability to go places that cars/vans can't, they are widely used as commercial vehicles.

Also known as: Family-Cargo