Friday, March 16, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
This one has a 20" TT, and tapered Supertherm stays. These stays work perfectly for a 24" wheel/rear end this size, as the bends can be the same angles for SS and CS. With 26" wheels, the stays need different degree bends to look good.
Fancy new Madera stems that I'll use on my 24" BMX and maybe a 26" complete.
Got one of the 4.5" bars coated today, despite intermittent high winds.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I powdercoat on a mostly covered porch (I use the archway/opening to dispose of waste powder), but I'm still at the mercy of the weather. Next Monday looks like the day to get as many of the 20+ things coated as possible... but I can never trust the apps 100%
A way of ovalizing a bent tube: Smoosh the smaller 19mm bent tube against the 22mm die. Smoosh and repeat along the bend. This gives loads more welding space on the BB (brings it in further from the edge of the BB, which can warp easily if too close). But it is mostly to give more tire and chainring clearance.
I plan on offering a few complete bikes within the next six months (even if it is just to show off a stock frame model): tapered and straight steerer options:
The new straight steerer fork options have been reduced to the Circus or the custom Fox forks. Marzocchi has been liquidated and RS has discontinued the Argyle.
I have these Argyle, NOS '08 DJ1s and the new straight steerer DJ1s (still boxed up) for sale or available to build up as a complete bike. I am currently buying aftermarket parts (ProfileRacing USA) to build a few completes that should cost ~$1400-1800 to anyone interested. The parts are all much better than what you'd find on any big name complete (big names always cut costs with crappy wheels, stem and bars). My buddy John has the newest $1600 Special-ed P3 pro and has broken the wheels and cranks at a small skatepark... so I know that I can do better.
And obviously with the Circus being the best option for budget forks, I might be able to get the price down to ~$1500 with a tapered headtube/steerer. I'll have to tally up all the parts.