Monday, October 31, 2022

Two older bikes for sale for a 6'3" rider

One of my customers is cutting loose of his bikes. # 1 is a very early "team issue" fillet brazed MTB with an XT 7 speed group. It has a RockShox Mag 21 that still functions . It is pretty much a time capsule to this period before SPD pedals and many other things that have been MTB innovations. The frame has a  560 seat tube c/t/c and a 595 top tube. The stem is one I built a bit later and is 150 x 15 degrees. 

bike # 2 is a tig SL steel road with all Shimano pre-Ultegra 600 8 speed with bar-con shifters. This is also a real time capsule of the period of 1996 when it was built with the parts predating the frame by a few years. The stem is one I built and is 125 x 10 degrees. The seat tube is 620 c/t/c and the top tube is 615 c/t/c. You can contact the owner if you are interested at   Both of these bikes are in good riding condition and are located in Santa Cruz, Calif. 


You don't see one of these every day

This is a bike designed to give the rider lots of handlebar height without sacrificing the standover too much. Also, it is equipped with S&S couplers that will make this large frame easier to travel with.
The fork is very stout and is made for a post mount disc brake. There's routing externally for a generator wire from the front hub to a crown-mounted headlight. There's a set of rear rack mounts for a special rack that the customer is supplying. The front it capped off with a Jen Green sterling silver head badge.


Friday, October 28, 2022

WCCX frame for a local

This is the last in the current batch and probably the last aluminum frame I will build in this year of 2022. I ran out of flat mounts and my supplier has none so I had to get some 7005 plate and make one myself.
The operation took a lot more time than I anticipated but I was able to make it look very much like the ones I order from Mike Ahrens. His are definitely a bit more attractive but this one will hold the caliper in proper alignment and that's really all that is needed .
This frame has a PF-30 BB so that an EBB can be used for single speeding.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Steel gravel frame going to Knoxville, TN.

This one is paired to a Whiskey CXLR fork that has bottle and rack fittings. I was also lucky to procure a gold King headset. I have been waiting the better part of a year to get some of these tapered beauties. 


Steel gravel frames going to San Diego, Calif.

These two are going to a couple that live where it doesn't rain. That will change soon as they are relocating to the Seattle area. They will get the mud and rain there in good quantities. These frames should be good for those conditions.


Friday, October 21, 2022

Small WCCX frame going to Chicago

The is the last frame of the last aluminum batch of 2022. Took awhile to get here but I think that all the CX frames I was going to build this year are done for the most part. I still have plans to build maybe 10 more steel frames before I close for December. It won't be a real vacation but more a sorting out and a chance to re-tool a bit. Some of the cutters in my shop just aren't really cutting it any more.....
The cutters worked to build this one, though. Started yesterday, finished today. Always a nice way to end a week. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

7005 road frame going east

This is a rim brake road frame for mechanical shifting.......remember these ? I still ride one. Last Sunday I was thinking as I was nearing the end of the four hour ride that electronic shifting would be nice for my arthritic tired hands. The next day I rode and didn't think about it at all. Today I rode and didn't think about it- I guess I only think about electronic shifting when I'm tired .
The tubing is all Dedacciai 7005 series and the frame is 3 lb. 6 oz. - a little more than a lb. less than something this size in steel. The feel of the ride is a bit different as the tube wall is thicker and the tubes are larger diameter than the steel tubes I use. It should feel nice for out of the saddle climbing.


Monday, October 17, 2022

Steel gravel frame for Bay area rider

This one is pretty much the normal style I build with the addition of rack mounts on the rear stays.
This one weighs in at 4 lb. 9 oz. and is made for someone with a fairly long torso so the top tube is about 570 mm.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Steel frame for a local

This one really looks amazing in the sun but today was cloudy so this is all you get for photos.
The frame is going to an employee of a local shop with a good rep so I'm happy about that- always goot to get industry people on your bikes.


Monday, October 10, 2022

Rick's new ride

Here's a tall 7005 CX frame for a team member who crashed hard on his old frame and totaled it , more or less. I was on a batch of aluminum frames a couple of months ago and squeezed this one in so he could compete this season. He did the decals himself- he's a creative guy and does the artwork for the backdrop of our race podium at our home event. If you come to the race on Oct.29-30 you'll see it and probably him as well.


Friday, October 7, 2022

Really tall 7005 frame and Whiskey tapered road fork

Nice fade that the customer asked for. The bike will be set up with Shimano Ultegra Di II 12 speed.
Its a really big bike for a nearly 6'7" rider but it should turn out pretty light. The customer did specify some heavy duty wheels so it won't let him down on rough roads.


7005 gravel frame going to PA.

This diminutive frame weighs in at 2 lb. 15 oz. That's about as light a frame as I can build.
The bike will be set up with Sram wireless - hence the lack of cable guides. It is made to take up to 700x42 tires and will be paired with an Enve fork.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

WCCX frame going to Colorado for a junior

I built a frame for the father of this 15 year old when the father was a junior so I guess it is fitting that I build one for the son. My frames have definitely been updated since the first one in 1993 but the main goal has always been the same- build it so it does not hold the rider back in a race and make it fun to ride .
I hope that this light frame checks both boxes. This one is set up for mechanical shifting- turns out that the 15 year old thinks that electric stuff on a bike is a form of cheating and he wants none of it !


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Steel SSCX frame for someone on the team

Lightning strikes thrice- this is the third steel frame this fall going to someone on the team who intends to race. This is not to say that steel bikes are archaic but the bulk of the race bikes I build are from aluminum tubes. This one weighs in at 4 lb. 8 oz. Maybe a 1 lb. weight penalty but for this rider I don't think that it will be an issue. 
The frame will be fitted with a Squid EBB , just like most of the other SSCX bikes on the team. The previous bike I built for this rider was aluminum and more suited to gravel endurance events. This one is shorter and steeper to negotiate the frequently tight turns on a typical CX course. I hope that he likes how it rides.