Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Steel CX frame for S.F. with fork and stem painted to match

 This might not look like it but it is a really bright neon orange. I don't think that you'll miss this one when it rides by ! The frame is my favorite steel mix with an Enve disc brake CX fork. The frame is built for thru-axles front and rear and has the Solid BMX tapered head tube. This style of frame was just about all that I built the whole month of October.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Team aluminum CX frame for a Nor-Cal team rider

 There's a good chance that you'll see this frame if you go to any bay area races this fall. This is a disc brake model but not for thru-axle wheels. With the rider being barely over 100 lbs. there's no need for that kind of strength in the wheels.
 The team is sponsored by a number of companies and the King headset and Enve fork are a couple of the important components provided to this rider for the 2015 CX season.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Aluminum 29er with new XT group

 This single track special is built with Mavic Crossmax SL wheels , a Fox 100 mm fork and the newest XT group. The whole package weighs in at 24 lb. 6 oz. -Not bad for a pretty heavy duty frame.
 This rider has been riding full suspension for years but around here the single track is more fun without all the squish. There's only a few trails where it is really needed and the rest of the riding here is more about steering than suspension.

Friday, August 14, 2015

26" wheel MTB frame for Scotland

 This frame is mated to a steel fork that is 453 mm axle to crown. This is longer than a non-suspension corrected fork so I imagine the customer has an older shock fork that he might sub out on occasion. The frame and fork have fittings for 'Mud guards' as they say over there. Unlike here, there is wet weather in Scotland and plenty of times where the mud guards will be in use.
The build here is very traditional and rooted in the style that I adopted many years ago. The fork and the tubing is updated but the basic proportions and tub diameters are what I have been using since the early '90's. No reason to change something that works well.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A pair of interesting travel frames

 When I got the list of requests from this customer I thought " Hey, these will be a couple of unique builds for me" and that was definitely the case. The forks are Whiskey #9 disc-road that have been painted to match. The rear dropouts are Paragon "-Poly-drops" , something I have never worked with.
The customer also opted for a Ritchey breakaway seat lug and an S&S coupler on the down tube.
 The painter also had his hands full with the custom graphics but he did a stellar job on both frames and forks. The color-co-ordinated King bits don't hurt, either. Tapered steerers, thru-axles make these steel frames pretty modern in my estimation. I hope that they are as fun as they look out on the road.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Disc brake big tire road bike for Vermont

 This is a tall one -the rider is over 6'2". The frame will be paired with an Enve disc CX fork and will take up to 700x38 tires. The owner has a gravel commute so this steel frame is the appropriate tool for the job.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Steel CX bike going to Yale

 This build is a pretty smart pick of parts. The Ultegra group is made more deluxe with the Dura Ace hubs. There's a Cane Creek 110 headset and a Praxis Works crank and BB. The Paul's brakes are a mini-moto up front with a touring canti on the back. This combo reduces the fork jutter and makes the feel of the brakes nearly identical.
The bar and stem are from Ritchey and the seat post will also be Ritchey. This post and saddle are not what will be on the finished bike. Someone on the Yale cycling team will be riding a different sort of bike.