Friday, September 28, 2012

Another team bike assembled.

This one is for a new member of the team who lives in San Fransisco. The team sponsor components  are all over this rig: Headset and BB from Chris King , brakeset from Paul Component engineering , wheels,bar,stem, fork and seatpost from Easton/Bell sports. Shimano might not be a sponsor but the parts on this bike are really the best for the money and generally hold up to cyclocross better than the other options.
 The brakes are the new mini-v's from Paul Components and they have serious stopping power.
The bike as you see tipped the scale at 18 lb. 3 oz. with pedals...not bad for a full race rig at a budget. -Sure, Dura Ace would drop the weight down to the sub 17 lb. range but the money saved pays a lot of entry fees.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Steel 'cross frame for Bakersfield

 This guy should get the fleet price....I think this is # 3 in the fleet. this will be a utility/ training bike as the full race frame will arrive sooner.I thought it was pretty stout when I finished it....had a little heft to it-then i put it on the scale: 3 lb. 11 oz. !  Dang, how did that happen ? I guess modern steel is pretty light.
 All the guides are welded so they will have to endure some sort of incredible apocalyptic event to ever snap off. I think that the tubing would rip first......
This mixture of Columbus and True temper OX platinum might become my stock tubeset for the coming year.I like how stout yet light the bikes come out.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Step trough townie for Sacramento

 This frame and fork will have derailleur gears and v-brakes. The frame was 3 lb. 9 oz. before I put the braze-ons and kickstand bracket so this is the lightest one of these I have made.
 The fork is a 1"threaded steerer, a request from the customer. I had a nice Pacenti crown in stock-one I had bought maye 3-4 years ago. It is nice when they finally find a home.
Allthe curves on this frame have a nice harmony to them....I got lucky !

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Big blue aluminum road frame built up

 The customer had the good fortune of getting a deal on some three-year old Campagnolo record-10 components. All I had to provide were a seatpost, fr. der. clamp, a new carbon fork and a new chain.
All of the parts were in pretty good order but the cables and housing were to short and too shot to re-use. 
The end result is a really big bike that doesn't weigh nearly as much as you would think.

Aluminum road frame with custom graphics

 I might have put this one up awhile ago but the paint and decals were redone since then. All is now good and shiny. The customer works in the graphics department at a large bicycle accessory company so he decided to update the look of my logo and add a few of his own.
 Not having changed my logos since I designed them in 1984, I really like the fresh ideas here that the customer provided.

Disc brake slider dropout steel 'cross frame

 There's a fork that goes with this one that didn't make it into the photo-fortunately it did make it into the box and has been shipped to its owner in the Pacific northwest.
 This is the big tire 'Tig team s.l.' version with all the options except couplers.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Steel ;cross frame for So-Cal.

 This is a true mustard least as close as you can get with powdercoat.
 The owner thought that the yellow decals would be just different enough to look distinctive.....I agree.
This is that level top tube single ring bike I put up a few weeks ago before the paint. I'll ship it out Monday. Time's a wastin'-'cross races have started !

Neon repaint.......just like 1988 all over again.

The first powdercoat on this frame didn;t hold up well so the owner decided to get a repaint and change the color. When I got it back from the painter I was  treated to a blast from the past...neon yellow !

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Big tire 'cross frame and fork for Chico, Calif.

 The odd brake boss placement on this frame indicates the use of Paul Component 'Racer' center pull caliper brakes. The front bosses are overlapping the Pacenti crown a bit....not and easy attachment and I will try to talk folks into another combination in the future, either a different crown or a center mount version of the brake. The crown is too nice to obscure it with the brake bosses, at least in my opinion.
That said, it will be a distinctive bike. There's a third set of bottle bosses and the chainstays are longer to accomodate a larger tire, most likely the Bruce Gordon 'rock 'n road' 700x43. These tires are gaining in popularity.
No problem with tire room here......more than needed in this case.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Disc brake commute bike for S.F.

 This seems to be a popular platform these days. This frame has the V.O.S. road team paint color scheme, also becoming popular. I have not prepped this frame yet but I wanted to get photos up before too late-many a frame have left the shop undocumented as of late. I'm hard charging to attempt to get back on schedule......wish me luck.
 The frame is sporting the new Paragon 44 mm head tube that will house the tapered steerer of the Enve 'cross/disc fork. This bike should stop on a dime and be nice and solid for the hilly terrain it will be ridden on.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Two more team frames

 In the last three days I was able to squeeze out two more 7005 aluminum team cyclocross frames. I have been working really hard as I have unfortunately fallen behind schedule....don't laugh-I know it is pretty much how it goes for most frame builders but I don't like having to play catch-up.
 Lucky for me, these racing frames are relatively simple-at least compared to steel touring frames with all the braze-on bits. Having a few hundred of these under my belt helps as well and the new welder is taking me to a new level of weld aesthetics......if I can call it that. The stuff just looks better.
 This first frame is for a new team rider. The one below is for a real veteran of the team. He's also the district single speed CX champion so now I have to make a single speed to the same specs as what you see here. Seeing as how this rider worked his way from the back of the field to 7th place at the nationals in January, it would be good for him to have his own single speed instead of borrowing mine.
 Both of these frames share the same tubeset and are very close in size, differing only in top tube and head tube length. Frames like this are usually 3 1/2 lbs. Not bad for something that will be savagely beaten for a couple of seasons or more.