Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ellen's bike for sale

 That's right-long time team member and multiple national medalist Ellen Sherrill is hanging up her cleats . This geared CX bike was what she rode in four nationals and countless regional races with hardly any times off the podium. Most of the parts have been replaced with newer gear. I built a set of wheels with Mavic open-pro CD rims and Shimano 6800 Ultegra hubs. I also treated the bike to a new King headset, Shimano BB, cassette, chain, brake pads, cables, bar tape-almost everything. The bike has an Easton EC-90 CX fork, EC-70 carbon bars and a Fizik Aliante saddle. All the money from this bike sale will go to the team. Asking price is $ 1,700.00 , less than half of what the bike would go for new and much of the components are new. The seat tube is 50 CM c/t/c/ and the top tube is 54 cm. Contact me at the shop if interested at (831)-429-8010

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Big tire disc road frame and fork for Waco, Tx.

 This is an unusual platform having a number of features that I have not combined on one frame.....that is until now. there's a lot going on- Paragon 'Poly-drops' with a chainstay mounted disc caliper, the seat mast , a tapered head tube that can also accomodate the straight steerer steel fork with the proper adaptor. This frame also has a PF-30 BB shell.
 With the design of this frame there are no cables on the top tube , much like my first MTB frames from the mid-'80's that had chainstay mounted roller cam brakes. The bike will see some pretty bad Texas roads so it will be able to run a pretty large tire, maybe up to a 32 although the owner was pretty sure that he would max out at a 28. I like to give people a bit more flexability some times. The chain stays are still fairly short-this is still really a road machine and not a CX platform.
One more feature is thru-axles front and rear-getting to be popular on many bikes now.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Steel CX race frame for Alabama

 This one is a classic style-level top tube and rim brakes. The panels really set it off well.The crowned fork is also a nod to tradition and really blends well with the whole theme of the bike. That said, it is all meant to be beaten severely on the CX courses of the south and I'm sure that it will get some very hard miles.

Single speed/geared CX frame for Brooklyn

 There's quite a bit going on with this one. There's Paul's track dropouts so that either a single speed or internally geared hub can be used. There's also an added rear der. hanger . The frame and fork also have full fender and race eyelets.
 This bike will have a lot of uses no doubt. The finish is a flat car coat over a tan powder coat-pretty industrial look, very utilitarian. The frame is also fitted with a polished silver Cane Creek 110 headset-had to wait a few weeks for this item to show up but it was worth it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Studio shots of the new CX bike

Eventually we all have to grow up......I finally got some studio shots of one of my bikes. Get used to  seeing stuff like this on my website as I have been getting great photos from Paul Schraub, a local photographer who I have known for many years but was too cheap to use his services -that is until  now.
 I'm sorry that I waited so long ! It really makes a difference when you can see all the details of the bike clearly. Hopefully by mid-summer I'll have enough new photos to re-do the website.

Monday, April 4, 2016

big tire CX frame and fork for So-Cal

 This steel frame and fork should be able to take at least a 700x43 tire. There's a good chance that this very yellow edition will be putting in miles in the Angeles Crest forest above the L.A. basin-a good way to get above the smog .
 The disc mounts are post style front and rear and the frame has a third set of bottle mounts under the down tube. I used to only do these about once a year. Now, every third frame I build has them. Seems like folks are riding further out into the wilderness than before, either that or global warming has simulated a nation wide thirst.
This frame set is also set up with thru-axles front and rear with the front in this case a 15 mm. The dropouts can also accommodate 12 mm .

Friday, April 1, 2016

Whiskey-6 display bike comes home

After about 16 seasons of riding on rim brakes, 11 of them on the same bike I now have a new CX bike and it is much more current than what I have been on since 2005. The folks at Whiskey set me up with a pretty impressive build-the wheels alone are impressive: Whiskey carbon clincher rims on Industry 9 hubs. These are parts I have not had in the shop until now. I'm impressed.
 This bike is just under 20 lbs. and is a full 2 1/2 lbs. heavier than my 2005 bike but for some reason I can't figure out it feels faster !  The wheel/ire combo really is a smooth ride. I have some other tires they sent me that I am itching to try.
Disc brakes, one-by drive train, thru axles........have I gone to the dark side at last ? Well, I'm probably not going back soon !  All of this stuff really works well and simplifies riding in a way that makes for a bit more fun.......maybe its just the new bike thing.....but still, this is a great build and I thank Whiskey and Salsa folks for making it happen.