Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Steel 29er boost fully rigid going to Colorado

This one is a nod to the very first few MTB frames that I made in 1984. The color is the same but the axle specs, geometry and features are much more in line with the present. 
The head tube is adorned by some Bocama heat tube rings and a gold Jen Green badge.
This one is not made for big tires as it will most likely be fit with 2.3". 

Friday, March 10, 2023

Rim brake aluminum CX frame for Seattle area

This one has eyelets on the dropouts and dropper post routing so it is a little different.


Thursday, March 9, 2023

Steel drop-bar MTB frame

Yes- this might look like a gravel frame but it is different. This one will take 2" tires and will maybe see some bike packing duties.It is heavily built and made for extreme trail conditions.


Another tracklocross frame

This one is identical to the last one- I still have to build a fork later this week.
The chain will be tensioned with an EBB from Squid bikes.The fork will be a straight blade crowned version, same as the last frame I built for las season. 2023 will see the WCSSCX race here in Santa Cruz so single speed CX will be the theme of this year. I hope to create a lot of these frames in 2023.


Friday, March 3, 2023

Steel road frame for long reach calipers and 700x32 tires

This one will also take fenders. I'll be finishing the fork in a few days and it will be off to the painter.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Steel gravel frame going to So-Cal.

This frame was ordered through a shop in Switzerland - Cycleworks. They order a couple of frames a year but this one is for a customer in So-Cal who works in the industry.  
Nearly all the frames ordered by this shop have steeper seat angles and slacker head angles than what I use . I'm thinking that maybe I should call this low and slack front-end style of frame "Swiss" geometry as there seems to be a trend toward bikes like this over there, at least the ones I build. 


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Small steel gravel frame going to Marin County

The main wheels will be 650x48 but there's a good chance that the owner will sub 700x32 wheels for pavement use. 
This one has a pretty light set of Columbus tubes as the rider is only 130 lbs. The frame will be mated to an Enve G-series fork with 50 mm rake to match the 71 degree head angle.


Monday, February 27, 2023

Big tire steel gravel frame going to Texas

This one is almost a drop-bar MTB frame as it will take 700x48 tires. It has some stout Columbus Zona tubes with a True Temper NOS bi-oval down tube so that the frame won't be over powered by the spinning mass of those big tires.


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Steel gravel frame going to Oregon

This one will be mated to an Enve G-series fork and most likely a Shimano GRX 2X mechanical group.


Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Last of the Ritchey crowns

I used to have a whole box of these that I got at a bike swapabout 20 years ago. This is the last one - I made a special fork for a customer with an older Bridgestone MTB.


Thursday, February 16, 2023

Steel 650x48 gravel frame going to L.A.

I think this one will be a fun ride- all that volume without the big circumference of a 700c wheel. 
I have only ridden tires like what will be on this bike once but I really enjoyed it. 
Nothing unusual about this one except that it has down tube routing for the rear der. instead of under the top tube like I have been doing in the past. This has a cleaner look.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Fully rigid steel 29er frame and fork going to Colorado

Here's a nod to what I was building back in the mid-80's. Paint and decals will also be from that era-lobster red with black and yellow original style decals. I used the old head tube collars and put on a top tube gusset. These things were all requests from the customer. Modern features are boost spacing, dropper post routing and fairly modern geometry. Should be fun to ride the trails on this one.


Monday, February 6, 2023

Classic steel travel/gravel going to Colorado

Here's someone who isn't buying into current component trends and sticking with rim brakes and mechanical shifting. Cables are good when you have a frame that splits in half for travel.
The fork is a straight blade crowned edition that is very late '90's in style but has clearance for more current 700x40+ tires. 


Disc/road frame in steel for San Diego

Wish that I could have taken the photo of this one earlier in the day- the sparkle really lights up in the direct sun.
The Enve fork has been painted to match by Joe's bicycle painting in Watsonville, Calif.


Steel gravel frame for a local

If you look at the top tube/ seat tube intersection of this frame you'll see something I rarely do- a fillet brazed fastback seat stay attachment. 


All-road steel frame going to Monterey peninsula

This one has a very distinctive Jen Green gold badge. I only get a request for one of these every few years. The Enve fork has been painted to match.


Friday, January 27, 2023

Steel gravel frame going to Tucson, Az.

This guy is pretty tall, about 6'3". He got a road frame from me about 10 years ago. I hope that he likes this one as much as the first. 
The bike will be fitted with an Enve fork and the customer already has a wireless Sram group.