68.5 HA, 74 SA, -25mm BB drop, 14.9" stays, 27.2mm seatpost, Supertherm front triangle
This geometry (steeper SA and lower BB) was designed for longer distance riding and has a lower BB for stability on dirt.
This tensioner position worked perfectly for SS but would likely be in the way of the chain on a 9 speed cassette ( in highest gear). I didn't have any problems lining the wheel up without the tensioners. The task is actually much easier than with horizontal dropouts due to the slider bolts that provide a little resistance. The ability to run a light-weight quick release hub (and not have it slip when cranking hard) is the biggest benefit that I see with this design.
The flat black is supposedly a base coat for some artwork. Hopefully that will make the frame stand out a little more.
Local ripper and photographer Rudy Rodriguez came out and took some photos tonight. I tried to make something cool happen out of a sketchy picnic table set-up only to earn a bruised sternum... at least he caught some cool angles on a downturn table. I am loving the 22:
Rudy himself from a few rides ago:
and a good shot from a month ago of me on the 26. thanks again Rudy!
Some design work on the sliding dropouts idea. I still have to decide the best way to handle the disc side... and not have it turn out ugly. This design allows the axle nut/ QR skewer to apply force to the face of the steel part and the sliding AL part at the same time. The steel part will likely be water jet cut and the mating portions would be machined to tolerance.
More 22" wheelers this week. A few of which are pretty unique- one with a disc mount and another will be a super-light race frame.
So the tires I have really suck. They are rated to 80 PSI but probably shouldn't be. One lap around the driveway and the bead blew off the rear tire. It might be the cheapy rims, but the tires go on far too easily. I will have to get a new tire. Hopefully it was just a defective one. The biggest hurdle for the 22" bikes is obviously the extremely limited tire/rim selection.
Other than that, the bike manuals ridiculously well... even while riding with a 20" up front.
I built myself a 22" (wheel) BMX frame so I can get back to having fun at skateparks. Notable features are a straight gauge heat treated downtube and a thicker drive side chainstay (both for added dent resistance)