Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Very small boost 29er frame in aluminum

 Yes- the rider is on the small side for a bike like this but the level of competition that this rider races at makes me believe that she won't have any trouble making this bike go fast.
 The frame is nearly all NOS Easton Elite tubes taken from the archives in my loft. I seldom use these tubes as they are a bit short for building modern 650 and 29" MTB frames. Since this frame is very small , the tubes were pretty much perfect. The frame is overbuilt to a degree so that the punishing rocks of Bidwell park near Chico, Calif. will not kill it.
 The chain stays and head tube are the only non-Easton tubes on the frame. As you can see, I even put a dropper post port on the seat tube- this is a first for an aluminum frame from me.
 This seat stay yoke is not something I bought. My supplier was out of stock and I didn't have enough cash or demand to order a full run so I made this one myself on the Bridgeport . It took a crazy amount of time and is a little crude but it will get the job done.
The old 1987 Miller Synchrowave did a good job of flowing out the welds in the front end. There's a lot of mass here and with only 50 amps at the wall it is not easy to get this much heat. The new shop will have at least 100 amps so I'll be happy when I get to see how that works. My machines will be happy as well.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Disc road frame for sale in steel

 This is the rare case where I have an extra frame in the shop. Since I will be moving my shop next month I'll need to cut loose of as much stuff as I can before the big move. This frame is item # 1 on the list, not that it takes up much room but the proceeds from the sale will help offset the cost of the move a bit. Here are the stats:
 The frame is mid-weight steel- a typical True Temper/Columbus mix. It will take up to a 700x33 road tire so it can be considered a 'big tire road frame'. The bike is built for a flat mount rear disc caliper and there's an internal route for the hydraulic line- a $ 100 option usually. This frame would be $1,850 plus tax usually.
The top tube if measured level is 555. The seat tube is 530 c/t/c. The head tube is 167. The chain stay is 414 so it really is a road frame and not a gravel frame. The BB drop is 70 mm. The frame is built for a tapered steerer typical CX disc fork with a 395 axle to crown length. The rear spacing is 142x12 for thru-axle.Give me a call at the shop if you are interested and we can come up with a price.(831) 429-8010. I can also sell a fork with it as I will have the new flat-mount Whiskey fork in stock and I can also provide a headset as well.

650 Boost MTB frame in steel

 There's a lot going on with this frame. It has internal dropper post routing, rack mounts, boost spacing and a custom order headbadge. The frame also sports something I have not had done- a rare fade powdercoat finish. Usually fades are done with wet paint but this is a case where the powdercoater was able to do a fade with two metallic colors.
 The frame will be a sturdy build with a 1X Eagle XX1 group, XT brakes and some carbon rims laced to King hubs. The bike will be super long for stability on long descents and for heavily laden bike-packing trips.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Steel all-road frame taking shape

Not the usual build, this one. The wishbone stay is something I seldom do except for MTB frames. The new flat mount for the rear brake is becoming a normal feature. This one is made to take up to a 700x38 dirt tire. I'll be sending this one to Pa. when it is finished .

Monday, May 28, 2018

Old frame back in the shop

 As near as I can tell without combing through my records, this team issue fillet MTB frame dates from 1990. I built this in my garage shop before I moved the business away from the house. This one illustrates the materials that I had at the time, most of which have been out of production for a couple of decades. The Ritchey seat lug, Tange prestige tubing and Shimano dropouts are history. Tange has resumed making tubes but they are not the same as what is in this frame.
 I built this frame for a customer of a bike shop I had worked at in 1984-85. I never met the customer until today. He used to tear around on this bike all over the Santa Cruz mountains. Now in his '70's he wants to put a new shock fork on it and nothing will fit. I am replacing the whole front triangle so he can do it. This is quite a bit of work to do to an oldie like this but he is unlikely to use it if it remains the same. The bike was built for a Rock Shock RS-1 and the fork is toast. 1" suspension forks have gone the way of the rest of the obsolete things of early mountain bikes.
 One thing unique to this fame is that the customer had a friend hand paint the logos and pin-striping. It will be sad to see it all go away but after nearly 30 years I think that the frame could use a re-paint .
 I'm going to make it fit modern parts while still keeping the flavor of the bike as original as possible. Wish me luck !

Friday, May 25, 2018

Start of the June aluminum batch

Before I have to move my shop I am building what will probably be the largest aluminum batch of the summer , mostly CX race bikes. The season will start in September so I have to try to get this dozen or so frames to the heat treater by the beginning of July. With luck this fleet will be out on the race course as the season starts. These frames will be raced on at least two continents and some will be in many world-class events . I'm always really excited this time of year to try out the newest materials and see what I can do to surpass the previous season's bikes in performance and quality.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

650 Mtn. bike for sale

Every once in awhile I'll wind up with a surplus frame. In this case it is a 650 Mtn. frame that will take up to 2.4" tires. It is set up with a very nice component package without breaking the bank. The frame has a 22" top tube and a 15 1/2" c/t/c seat tube and is pretty much an all purpose hard tail. It even has rear rack mounts. If you are interested just email me or give me a call at the shop.