Fastest, most energy efficient bike I've ridden at the park. The 73* HA was perfect for 24" wheels. I suspect it has to do with fork offset and trail but all I can say for sure is that I much prefer it over 74.5*. It feels similar to a 74* HA on the 22" wheels. I don't recommend these Alienation rims for heavy dudes, as they are a bit flexy. I'll probably switch to a Hazard rear rim soon.
I couldn't wait so I whipped a fork together from some thick tubes I had laying around: 2.15mm thick steerer with a welded on race, 1.125" dia .058" legs butt welded with gussets, and a nut welded in the left side dropout/tube for the peg.
The peg on the left attached to a separate 14mm hollow axle
Still gearing up for Ti frames. Ti requires backpurging throughout the welding process, a huge gas lens and a strict sterilizing procedure.
Those who make high end Ti frames use an Ultrasonic cleaner to do a thorough sterilizing job, so I'm making space for one of these:
In other news, I'm slowly building a few more bikes for myself. A fat/sandbike and this 24" parkbike:
73 HA, 72 SA
22.3" Top tube
13.15" BB height with the big 2.4" tires
True Temper Butted top and DT
I chose a pretty slack head angle as the others I'v built/ridden were 74-75 and felt too steep.
I might put this one up for sale on Pinkbike if the fork parts don't get here soon enough. There was a hiccup getting fork legs bent, so I might be on the look out for a local source. I am also looking into investing in a nice hydraulic tubing bender.