Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Steel CX frame for Germany

 This one has already been sent. The wishbone seat stay was a request from the customer-kind of a nod to the MTB frames I had distributed to Germany in the '90's . The color is a 2015 Mercedes metallic blue-I had to have a wet coat to match the color exactly. This disc brake model is built to rake a beating in a number if different roles.
 No tapered head tube or big BB shell.....this is traditional and solid with no frills.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Largest 'Alfie' ever for a local

This townie has the matching special edition Brooks B-17 and grips. The silver Jen Green badge is an extra request from the customer. The Alfine group has the 11 spd. rear hub this time , only the second one I have set up. I think that this parts group represents the best performance value out there.
The 700x35 Michelin tires should be very resistant to punctures. They roll amazingly fast , even though they are wire bead and not particularly lightweight. The pedals were later changed to some MKS flats that really hold onto the shoes well. I put the extra curved tube under the wishbone just to make sure that this bike would last as long as possible.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Single speed 7005 CX frame for Wa.

 This one is built to take the muddy tracks of the Pacific north west races. The tube set is the team issue mix of Dedacai, Faring and Easton tubes. This customer went traditional with the head tube and BSC BB shell. No tapered fork on this one-no disc brakes , either. It is what single speeds are-simple and reliable.
 This frame is part of the first run of aluminum frames for 2015. I'll have about 12 in all to build for the next few weeks.

Friday, January 23, 2015

steel 29er for Colorado with rocker dropouts

 The rocker dropouts from Paragon Machine works make this frame versatile. The chain tensioning option allows for single speed and internal geared hub uses. Also, the zip-tie full housing setup for the gears will work with just about anything.
 The tubing is my current favorite blend of Ture Temper OX up front and Dedaccai in the back with Nova wishbone seat stays. The wishbone has been part of my MTB frames since 1987 and it is still the best way for me to get the structural rigidity that suits disc brakes. The stays also allow for better tire room on smaller frames with large wheels.
I added water bottle mounts after the photo was taken. I was running out of daylight and wanted to have a photo up tonight.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Single speed belt drive road frame for Bakersfield

 This steel frame has a light Columbus life rear triangle so in spite of the belt splitter and the tapered head tube, this fairly tell frame is only 4 lb. 2 oz.
 the brake bridge height is optimized for the wheel at mid-dropout, around 411 mm from the BB center. This would be a bit long for a road racing frame but nice for a townie. this bike will mostly see city use for commuting and short trips.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Disc brake Di II CX frame for Ashville, N.C.

I call this color 'blacklight' purple. It really looks amazing in the sun. Too bad that this photo was taken in the late afternoon. The fork is a Whiskey through-axle version, the first that I have had in the shop. It was provided by the customer. The frame is set up for a 31.6 mm seat post so that in internal battery can be used. I also made a large hole in the interior of the BB shell so that the junction box could be fitted inside the downtube.
 The blue decals were special order , not something that I stock. There's a lot of special touches to this frame that will no doubt see some mud duty before the end of the season.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Disc brake CX frame with matching carbon fork

 Here's another frame for Ashville-this one is a team aluminum CX frame for racing. The bigger head tube accommodates the tapered steerer on this fork.
 The whole  package is pretty light-I don't remember quite how light but it felt that way while I was boxing it up.
The tubing is mostly my standard kit-NOS Easton top tube, the rest a mix of tubing from Dedaccai and Taiwan.