Chris Frappell, a young inventor from Nailsea, Bristol and founder of Tru-Tension, a manufacturer of motorcycle products, will star on BBC’s Dragons’ Den this month.

Chris, 26, said “It was such an amazing and exciting experience pitching to the Dragons. The show will give my brand and range of products more exposure than a small business that started in a garage in Nailsea could possibly imagine. I simply cannot wait for the show to air! After 3 years of hard work, my unique products are going to be on one of the biggest business shows in the world”.

Tru-Tension produce a wide range of products for all kinds of motorcyclists, from tools and cleaning products for commuters and adventure bike riders, to lubricants and accessories for high performance racing.

Chris’ remarkable story is not just about business challenges. The entrepreneur was diagnosed with Cystic Fybrosis
at the age of 4, regularly overcoming ill-health to develop innovative new products like Chain Monkey, his unique motorcycle chain tensioning tool that first caught the BBC production team’s eye. The product also helped Chris win £2000 from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust following his success at the Bright Ideas Awards in 2017. He said: “I don’t let it stop me, I’ve always wanted to grow a business. It motivates me more than anything, and I love the buzz I get from it every day. I hope my story inspires others with difficulties like mine”.

On the outcome of his time in the Den, Chris commented: “As much as my friends, clients and customers keep begging me to tell them the result, I’m not allowed to say anything, so they’ll have to wait and see if we can pop the champagne or not!”.

Tru-Tension will be featured on Dragons’ Den on Sunday 11th February at 9pm on BBC 2.


Tru-Tension was founded in 2015 by inventor Chris Frappell. The company sells a range of unique motorcycle tools such as the innovative Chain Monkey (the world’s first motorcycle chain tensioning tool), lubricants and cleaning materials.

The Chain Monkey helps motorcyclists to correctly set their motorcycle’s chain to the correct tension first time, every time. This optimises performance, prolongs chain and sprocket life, optimises power delivery and helps to provide a smoother ride.

Chris is 26 years old and is from Nailsea, near Bristol. He graduated from Coventry University with a first class honours degree in Motorsport Engineering in 2013.

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