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.

29er with rigid thru-axle fork and dropper post seat tube routing

This frame and fork are going to Ashville, N.C. , a place where a number of my bikes are going these days. There's some good riding there and some bike companies are based there. A number of folks from these and other companies in the south have a CX team and I have built the bulk of there frames. This one is a bit outside the norm but I know that it will get ridden a ton.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Big tire road bike for Santa Monica, Calif.

This bike is going to live in my old neighborhood from my junior high school days. The bike is outfitted with the  Shimano 105 5800 eleven speed group. The shifting is about as nice as it gets, even with the long cage der. and 11-32 cassette for the dirt roads above Will Rogers state park.
 The brakes are long reach R-450 in black and seamlessly blend with the rest of the group. I built the wheels with Mavic Open-Pro rims and D.T. spokes. Bar, stem and post are Ritchey and the saddle is a Fizik Arione. The headset is a King, also in black. The rider should have the bike tomorrow afternoon-plenty of time to get it ready for the weekend.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

 the original vinyl decals made in S.F. in the eighties are on the downtube of this frame.
 This fully rigid 29er platform will be a sure-footed ride in the Santa Cruz mountians. The tapered head tube and disc brakes represent the present-the original deacls and 1984 'lobster red' paint represent the beginning of my MTB building.
Got a little sideways on this shot and couldn't rotate it after I put it on the site.....I guess you'll have to turn your computer 90 degrees !