Monthly ArchivesNovember 2014

Snow. Finally. standard

In early September, I started a new fat bike prototype which had been scheduled into the list the previous season. After riding a full season on last years fat bike prototype, I had a few things I wanted to tweak. By the beginning of October, the bike was assembled and then the wait began. The wait for snow. A year in the planning. That takes patience of which I have a healthy amount. Well, I left for Thanksgiving a day early as all hell was going to break loose up here. Apparently it was the 3rd largest power outage in the state of New Hampshire’s history? We lost power for about 4 days. I returned to “lights out” from my ...

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29″ Rohloff Build on Deck standard

So next up is a 29er equipped with a Rolloff 500/14 internally geared hub. This one is headed to paint too. NOT powder. I’ll just leave it at that regarding paint. Bike will be a mix of components including ENVE Mtn. Fork, Jones Loop Bars, Thomson bits here and there, Wheels will be laced by Mike Curiak of Lacemine29, and Race Face will handle the crank turning bits. There will even be some anodization involved too. Not just black. Good grief Charlie Brown! This one’s finished and down in Providence, RI to get the loving paint touch by Jay Nutini. He showed me the paint choices and I did not complain. We worked with the client on the color scheme ...

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Greg’s Huntsman : Finished and off to Powder standard

Another Huntsman on deck. There’s a bunch on the list… This one’s not going to be black! It’s actually going to be RAL2009 which is a very close match to “Hemi” Orange. Will decide on the decal color (possibly white to match the ENVE logo on the fork). But this one’s a frame, fork, headset and collar deal. ENVE CX Disk Fork. Thomson Collar. Cane Creek 110 headset. Should build up to a nice tight little build. Mostly will see time on some dirt and mixed road conditions. Room for 40’s but will most likely live with 35’s to start. Internal routing and ISO mount in the rear keeps the disc brake lines and routing nice and clean if the ...

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Paul’s Huntsman : Back From Powder standard

So it’s been a while. Last I spoke of this bike it was just getting all tacked together. It’s been to powder and back already but I have been waiting on a large back order of ENVE CX Forks for the next couple builds and this one and subsequently the one after it I built are all waiting on those deliveries. Here’s how she looked just before heading off to powder: ISO Tab welding needed to be finished up so before the above shot which shows all the braze on’s just finished being brazed, I was machining, fitting and welding the brace and ISO mount in place. I use Paragon Machine Works parts throughout. I’ll eventually finish up a long ...

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44 Bikes XXX Project Heavy : Radius Seat Posts of the 30.9mm Kind standard

So it all started with this bike: This was a request from a client in England. Long travel. 650b. 12mm TA rear. Long front center. Short stem. Short Stays. 30.9mm Dropper Post. Those last 2 things required a 1.375″ O.D. radius seat tube. That’s a significant hurdle to overcome. The nice part, was this frame was commissioned for a delivery date 1 year out to be picked up on a trip across the pond. No problem? Maybe… So I set about between builds slowly going about figuring out how to formalize the process by which I radius seat tubes, make it repeatable and accurate AND make them so they do not have kinks or ripples or take on a “D” ...

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