Saturday, August 31, 2013

Frame for my book keeper

 This 7005 aluminum frame is well under 3 lbs. My book keeper since 1986 will be re-entering the world of cycling on this light road frame which will be equipped with Shimano 6800 11 speed components.
 The headtube will house a tapered steerer fork , a good choice for the rugged roads of Monterey county.
I'm not sure what the total weight of the bike will be but I'll guess at something under 18 lbs.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steel road bike for a local

 I just built this one up today-my first Ultegra 6800 11 speed buildup. This Shimano stuff keeps getting better, lighter and not much more expensive. All the parts on this bike were detailed by the customer, right down to the red stem, a Ritchey item that was only available for a limited time.
The bars needed to be high on this bike as the customer is long-legged and not super flexible.  Until now, he had been riding the same road bike since 1987 so this is a momentous purchase.
This is not a real light or small frame but it is 19 lbs. 11 oz.complete as you see it-not bad for a really heavy duty road machine.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

single speed CX frame for So-Cal

 Yes, folks....that is a 'Beer' eccentric. It fits nicely in a PF-30 shell , making this bike really versatile.
The 44 mm ID head tube will accommodate a stout  carbon tapered steerer fork. This rider will be putting the frame through a busy season of racing all over the west and out to Colorado for the nationals.

4 1/2 lbs. of steek road frame for a rider in Tucson, Az.

 This 6'3" rider wanted a real sturdy frame so I broke out some large diameter steel that usually is what I pick for 29er frames. I was pretty surprised when the resulting build came out at a taste under 4 1/2 lbs.
The frame will be painted a sky blue with some custom orange decals. The tubing is nearly all True Temper OX with some heavy Nova oval road chainstays. They were a bit tough to put the little bend in so they should add some stiffness to the rear end of the frame. The oversize seat tube is fitted with a reducer that allows for the use of a 27.2 mm seat post. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Disc brake 'cross frame for Buffalo

 This stout steel frame will be raced, used for trail riding and the occasional gravel ride.
The customer specified the 44 mm I.D. head tube to run a tapered steerer carbon disc fork. 
All the tubing and hardware is made to take a beating. My new jig is actually pretty dialed at this point.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Threadless 1" replacement fork for a 3 Rensho

 This is an original Yoshi Konno crown that I have probably had for about 30 years. I don't remember where I got it but I found a good home for it on a customer's bike. It will be really a nice addition to the bike and pretty authentic other than the threadless steerer.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

7005 'cross frame for Wi. will see many duties

 There are some gravel races, a UCI cyclocross event and many other local venues where this bike will show up.
 The road cable routing is a nod to the colder conditions where top routed cables ca get fouled more easily by freezing mud. The forward facing seat slot is also to prevent icy mud from fouling the seat tube.
 The gold seat collar is a team-only piece....a nod to this person's help hosting the team at the nationals for the last two seasons. He's an honorary team member.
This is the batch where the above frame came from-officially big batch # 2 of the summer. I have to start on batch # 3 next week. It don't stop, least not yet.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Steel 29er frame with options

This one is going to PA. to a shop that orders a frame now and then. This one has a 44 i.d.head tube, Paragon slider dropouts and a splitter for belt drive. I think there are not too many options left out of this one-it is a real example of what a custom frame can be
While the rider is only about 150 lbs. I was told that he will beat the piss out of this one-I made sure that it will be up to the task with a solid tubeset of True Temper OX and Dedaccai stays. It should be tough.
I made it for a single ring setup as per the customer's instructions. I also set it up for full housing-a feature that is becoming very popular recently.