Wednesday, October 19, 2016

650 monster cross for a local rider

 This is the second 650 in a row for me- a sign of the times that 650 is here in a big way.
 This one will see a 1X XTR transmission and hydraulic disc brakes. Should be a fun bike.
The bike is sized for 650 X 2.1" tires but it looks like you could go bigger, even with the short 425 mm chain stays.

650 mtn. frame in steel

 This one will get built up with XTR, carbon rims and a Fox fork. Should be a fun, light bike.
 This frame has some of the new re-issued Tange Prestige chain stays, now becoming my go-to tubes for some of the lighter builds. Looking forward to seeing this one take shape as a complete bike.

Friday, September 9, 2016

This bike is designed for hauling ass

 Yes, I said it. I have a bike just like this-alumunim frame-carbon fork with room for 700x40 tires. Disc brakes and thru-axles make this a sturdy rig for mixed terrain outings.

I find that I can downhill on a bike like this really well-the lighter touch needed for braking means a looser upper body and more ability to control the bike at speed in the loose stuff. Take it from me, I'm a clutz but on a bike like this  I have found some speeds that were not in my comfort zone previously.

There were many years that I resisted the disc brake CX thing and I am still on the fence if it is good for CX racing but on the trail this is definitely the way to go, especially for those all-day rides in the mountains.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Travel bike with a lot going on

 I have built two other frames like this but this one has the added feature of the internal routing for the rear mechanical disc brake. The Ritchey breakaway/S&S coupler combo was an idea of a customer of mine about a year and a half ago. This new bike was obviously inspired by the two other frames I built.
 The bike will have the new Sram wireless 'Etap' shifting system, eliminating the need for any der. cable stops.
 The frame will be fitted to a Whiskey #9 fork. The Paragon Machine works 'Poly-drops' are a bit of trouble to work with but they offer a lot of choices for brake mounts or axle specs with just a change of the inserts.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Steel CX frame for pacific northwest

 Nothing too modern here, just a straight ahead CX frame in steel. The top tube is nearly level and the  tube diameters are a little smaller than what I currently use. No disc brakes, no carbon fork, no Di II, no thru-axles. This is a circa 1998 frame and fork.

 The fork has my very last Pacenti P.B.P. crown. I won't be able to get these in the future as Pacenti is shutting down the site- I'll have to use other stuff once I run out of the stash that I have in stock.
The frame is mostly True Temper with some Dedaccai tubing in the rear triangle and a Nove seat tube. The frame is 3 lb. 13 oz.  I wasn't trying to make it light, it just came out that way. It's a pretty small frame.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Single speed disc CX frame in steel

 I don't get to build frames like this as often as I would like-lots of cool features that can only come together in a custom frame.
 Nearly every component of this frame is made in the USA: Rear dropouts and BB shell are from Paragon machine works.The head tube is from Solid BMX. The main tubes are from True Temper. The headbadge is from Jennifer Green. It's a relatively patriotic machine !
This one will be going to a rider in Portland, Oregon.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jerry's new rig

 This is what I do for a big tire CX bike in aluminum these days-lots of tire room for the 700x43 Bruce Gordon tires and thru-axles front and rear. This one is set up with the big 11-42  XT cassette and a Praxis works 1X  front chainring. The low gear is less than one-to-one.
 This bike will see duty around Boulder, Colorado and maybe in the Santa Cruz mountains. The wheels are the new Mavic Ksyrium "All road". They offer stiffness and light weight at about half of what carbon wheels cost.