Saturday, March 24, 2018

Very small aluminum CX frame for bay area rider

 This is probably the smallest 700c wheel CX frame I have built in aluminum. It is going to be raced and I hope that the owner finds it to be the right tool for the job . I had to order the tiny head tube from Italy-I got a few of them so I will have them on hand for more tiny frames.
 This one weighs in at 2 lb. 15 oz. so it should build up to be a very light bike. The frame will be fitted to an Enve CX fork and the build will be a 1X shifting setup. I'll be hoping to have some photos of the built bike in the coming weeks.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Aluminum MTB tandem

 Didn't know that I made tandems ? Well, that is understandable as I have only made 9 so far. The last one I built was about 14 years ago-I don't have any of my old tandem jig stuff so I had to make some tooling for the newer jig. The process of figuring all this stuff out was really interesting-it was a challenge and proved very frustrating at times but I think the end result will be really good.
 The fame isn't quite done as all the guides and the brake mount and braces are yet to be welded on. I figured that this frame is pretty much a prototype so a photo of the not-yet-finished product was proper. This is the first aluminum tandem of my career and I'm sure that there will be more. This one is for a 160 mm shock fork and is a 29er.
My next one will be a gravel tandem and I will make a steel fork with a tapered steerer for it. I have not seen one yet so it might be up to me to be on the cutting edge of this kind of bike-even if I never sell one. I just think it would be a fun thing to ride so I might as well build one-especially after working out all the bugs on this one.