Thursday, June 25, 2015

steel 29er frame for a local

 there's a bit more to this frame than normal. Since it is equipped with Paragon slider dropouts there is the ability to not only run the bike with or without derailleurs but also to change the rear axle spec. There are inserts for 142x12 thru-axle that bolt right on just like the 135 Q.R. inserts pictured here.
There's bit of  weight penalty with this hardware but it is almost like having two bikes in one.
The paint scheme has been done before on similar frame and that is where the customer got the idea for this panel and stripe option. It would be funny for the two bikes to meet on a trail somewhere......

Friday, June 19, 2015

Single speed aluminum CX bike

 This one is the official pit bike for the team, although it is technically my bike and I'll maybe do a few races this fall. The chain tension is adjusted with an eccentric BB from Beer components. This has to be the only good EBB I have used. The chainring is a 40 tooth rom Praxis Works, another Calif. company.
 The wheels have hubs from Paul Components, yet another Calif. home grown component. The wheels are some I built with Mavic Reflex tubular rims and DT competition spokes. I think that the whole bike is just a hair over 17 lbs.
The head tube is a new one for me, a Dedaccai tapered unit for internal headset. I'll be interested to see how it holds up over the next couple of seasons.The fork is a re-painted Enve with a tapered steerer. There's a chance that soon I'll be able to make a thru-axle disc brake version of this bike. I'm sure it will be popular when it is available.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Aluminum CX frame for Di II and disc brakes

 This one is headed east and is pretty close to the most up-to-date CX frame I can construct. The aluminum tubes came from no lass than three suppliers and three countries: The USA, Italy and Taiwan. This is what I have to do to get it all together but the results are worth the trouble.
 I used to think that electric shifting on a CX bike was silly-that was before I saw a really cold race where the mechanical bikes stopped shifting but the Di II bikes were still operating fine. When the temps get below freezing there is a definite advantage for not having cables.
I'll most likely be boxing up this one tomorrow. Elaborate paint jobs like this ( from Allan Neymar in this case ) can take a long time. The distinctive look is going to be hard to miss on the race course.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tig team 'Utimundo' bike built

Here it is, my first new model in 1,000,000 years. It's not all that new but it has a new name. Since the features on this frame have been so popular I have decided to offer it as a package: Frame, fork ( painted to match) with  sterling head badge and King headset-the 'Ultimundo'. The tube set is a mix of True Temper S-3 and Columbus 'Life' and the fork is a tapered Enve carbon . This package with the King headset will go for  $ 2,400 plus shipping and/or tax.
The bike pictured here is a recent build by the customer and CX team member-he went with a solid mix of the Dura Ace 9000 group, King hubs and Enve rims with Ritchey carbon post, bar and stem. Not sure what the whole bike would cost but I can figure that out in a few days.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Steel disc brake adventure frame for Eureka, Calif.

 I have been posting a lot of photos on the Rock Lobster Facebook page so if you don't see it here, it is most likely on Facebook. I don't intend to neglect this blog but I am spread pretty thin for time these days-it's a good thing to be busy. Speaking of busy, here's the latest frame to get sent out-a disc brake road/dirt frame like a CX but with touring braze-ons on the rear. The Whiskey disc fork and Ritchey stem were painted to match.
 The wheelbase of this bike will not be as long as a standard touring bike but will be nice for occasional loaded trips. The frame, fork and stem weigh in at 6 lb. 1 oz. so it could even be a race bike if the need arises. This one will take a pretty large tire even the Bruce Gordon 700x43 rock 'n road.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Steel road frame with tapered carbon fork for local

A member of the CX team is getting this frame. It will have a pretty top-end build with all Dura Ace 9000 , Enve rims built to King R-45 hubs. This is a straight-ahead road bike, not like the big tire versions I have been building recently.
 The Ebve fork has been painted to match and there's a Jen Green silver head badge to top it off. The steel tub set is True Temper S-3 and OX Platinum with Columbus 'Life' rear stays. I'm going to put this all together in the future as a new model of road frame and fork. These options seem to be popular so it only makes sense to offer them all as a package. This will be my top-of-the-line welded road frame and details on the website will be coming,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

7005 road framed matching fork for San Fransisco

 I'm pretty taken with this color-I'll use it some day on a project. This frame will take 700x28 tires and is made to take the beating of Nor-Cal roads. The Enve mod. II fork was wet-painted to match by Allan Neymark. The frame was powder coated by Jeremy Martin at Powdercoat it in Santa Cruz. These two guys did a terrific job on this one-I know that it is only a single color but getting one that looks this good is not a given.
The customer opted for the tapered steerer setup and PF-30 BB shell.