Monthly ArchivesMarch 2013

“Daily Driver” standard

So while I await final details on the next customer build, I’ll take some time to show everyone my “daily driver” for 2013. I’m beginning to get that itch for singletrack. Snow has been fun, but it’s time for spring to arrive Old Man Winter. Hope you don’t mind taking a vacation till next year? I’ve made a few updates to my personal trail build (pictured above) that I’m excited about. First up is I finally went tubeless… Yeah I know: 2013 and Kris Henry still isn’t tubeless yet? What the Hell!? Well I made the switch over the weekend. Dropped a pound from the overall build and it was a snap aside from the fact that I needed to ...

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About the Image The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. "What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream. His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table - Samsa was a travelling salesman - and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and ...

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Rocket #9 standard

So the next build up is Louis’29er mountain bike trail bike. This will be built around a Fox 120mm travel 15mm through axle tapered suspension fork and the parts kit will include Thomson, King, ENVE, I9, Stan’s No-Tubes, Sram XO, Raceface and a few other notables. This one’s going to be made in honor of the great Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. Here he is with that “fire in the eyes”… Check out that look on Maurice’s face! That’s a game face kids. That’s “smash-mouth” if I ever saw it. That says “You want this? Come and fucking get it shorty.” I’m going to harness that same intensity, put handcuffs on that fire and throw it into Louis’ build. The Rocket! ...

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Winter is passing… Springs in the air. standard

This weekend may be one of the last times out on snow covered trails. Perhaps a late April snow storm will happen but I doubt it. This year’s winter has been a total blast. I recall when I was a kid, when winter hit we were stoked! Snow ball battles awaited. The local hill by the middle school was THE place to be. Building jumps, tear assing down on sleds. Making “illegal” luge runs through the adjacent “nature green” or what ever they called it. Making snow forts in my buddies back yard. Stick hockey on the frozen yard just before it melted. Those were good times. Recent years when winter arrived it meant pretty much a full stop on ...

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Clean Procedures standard

So I’ve had this question enough times to warrant a blog post on the subject: “Why do you build in sub-assemblies?” vs just welding the entire frame up at once. The short answer is: Because it breaks building a bicycle down into bite sized pieces. The LONG answer would be this: So the first step I take is I cut the chainstays to a rough length (generally 20-22″ long pieces). If they are chainstays I’m making from raw tubing, I put the tube into the tubing bender and mark where the die’s outer edge comes in contact with the tube. This is the very first reference point. I make the bend and repeat this with the second chainstay, loading it ...

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All-Mountain or “Just-Mountain” and other related numbers. standard

So there’s a great discussion regarding what defines “all-mountain” over on V-Salon. I’ve been adding some thoughts but figured I’d expand more in depth over here at 44HQ. Like I mentioned on V-Salon, a lot of what I build I suppose could be put into the all-mountain hardtail category. But to me, this definition is a bit redundant as it relates to mountain bikes. I build my bikes to climb equally well as they descend and perform in tech every where between. Basically I want me bikes to rip the whole mountain. So if that’s “all-mountain”, so be it. But to me, that’s exactly what mountain bikes are all about. I believe I took my front derailleur off sometime around ...

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