Thursday, July 17, 2014

CX frame for the Sierras

 This is an adventure style disc brake CX platform for exploring the backwoods near Yosemite. The owner of this bike is a trail advocate and has a crew of folks who are building a trail network outside the park.
 This frame and fork are steel but there are a couple modern features. The fork has a tapered steerer and the gearing is a new Sram setup with a pretty huge cassette. There may be only two chainrings up front but the gears are low enough for the high mountains.
The pedals, bars and wheels were the only used parts in the buildup.All else were brand new......the bike rides really smooth and should be good for all-day excursions.

Di II disc brake aluminum CX frame for Santa Rosa

 These are the colors of CX Nation-a coaching and race promotion organization. This frame is going to CX Nation's founder in Santa Rosa. It just so happens that he has raced on our team for a few years as well.
 The big head tube accommodates a tapered steerer fork and there are fittings for the internal Di II wires. There will be a seat tube mounted internal battery pack.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Single speed CX frame S3/Life mix tubing

 This frame is made for racing-no bottle mounts and a very light tube set.
 Rim brakes , 1 1/8" steerer and threaded BSC BB make this a really basic chassis-the kind that avoids complications in construction.......I like frames like this a lot.
 The wait of 7 months is over and Jake now has his new ride well ahead of the coming 'cross season. I wish I could say that for all the 'cross frames I have on order but there's only so much time in a day and there's only one person at Rock Lobster cycles to build all these frames.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Steel CX frame for Verona, Wi.

 This has a tapered headtube to accept the Enve tapered steerer carbon fork. The fork painted to match is becoming a very popular option.
 This is a pretty solid build, ready to take on the hilly and demanding courses that are frequently icy and slick. I have experienced racing in Verona a couple of times and sacrificed a helmet in the process. It's amazing how fast you can go from riding to sliding on your butt down an icy hill.
The decal on the back of the seat tube dates back to some of my earliest bikes-nice to have someone request it again.

Road frame for Virginia

 This aluminum road frame with carbon fork painted to match will get a red seat collar tomorrow. The frame has a level top tube, a nod to tradition .
 The customer requested and Enve fork and a Cane Creek 110 headset in red. I like the way the red looks with the seafoam green team edition color.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Big tire road bike for San Fransisco

This frame is a lot like one that I have-the mid point between a road racing bike and a CX bike. I like to call this model the BTRB. This particular frame has columbus stays and True Temper OX main tubes, my go-to stock tubeset. The frame is a hair under 4 lbs. 
 The fork has True Temper blades and a Pacenti Mitsugi crown , pretty much my favorite to build with as the look is classic and the blade fit is the best. Nothing really out of the ordinary on this frame and fork-it will take Paul Component 'racer' brakes and up to 700x33 tires. If it is like the one I have, it will be super nice with some 33 file-tread Challenge or Clement tires.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

aluminum road frame for a local

 this guy has worked in the bicycle industry for a good number of years-long enough to know pretty much my beginnings as a builder here in Santa Cruz. He chose a paint scheme to echo the one on his Eddy Merckx frame that he has been riding or a long time. I wonder what he will think of the 7005 frame material.
The logos on the frame are painted on and are not decals. This four-color paint was done by local painter Allan Neymark. Allan has been painting bicycle frames since around 1979 so he is also one of the old guard.
 Here you can see how Allan lined up the stripes on the fork with the ones on the frame. he was justifiably proud of that aspect of the finished product.