That's great to hear Steve. Glad the community came together and you're able to offer a great carrot. Good on you.. and best to the folks involved.
rolling & trimming to raw length 32' of top tubes, two diameters + two different wall thicknesses, plus making 4" fishmouthed seattube sleeves. Barry the sometimes shop helper pictured. great to have him back in the shop this winter when his biz slows a bit. - Garro.
Coconino World HQ update, 10-31-10 coconino cycles custom bicycles 928 774 7747 www.coconinocycles.com: Mike's bike gone, Lainie's coming right along. - Garro.
its been a pleasure reading your smoked out section. you've obviously got the skill and your bikes are fucking awesome, but honestly, you're a cool cat and id be proud and happy to swing my leg over and jump on one of your bikes. personality and coolness is important, and you've got that. everyone @ v digs u.
keep up the good work
I honestly can't remember/find if this question has already been asked, so I apologize if it has.
With such an awesome program like BikeCad out there, what advantage/benefit do you find from doing a full size hand drawn blueprint?
Love your work and blog. Keep it up.
Can you comment a little bit on downtube thicknesses/strength in your bikes? I notice that (at least in the photos I can recall) you don't use a gusset; is this true for big/heavy guys & 29ers as well as 26" bikes? Does susp fork vs. rigid impact this decision? What kind of wall thicknesses and butt lengths would you consider the minimum for a given weight rider/likely use?
I'm mostly a road guy but am planning to build a couple of MTBs soon and am looking at the options for maintaining/increasing strength at the DT/HT junction.
Thanks in advance for any pearls of wisdom!
Thanks for the response! I figured 9/6/9 would be pretty much the minimum for the DT, whether suspended or unsuspended. Assume you are saying that if it's a rigid setup you'd consider going even thicker? Also, just so I'm clear, you'll build rigid 29er forks/framesets that aren't susp. corrected so you can minimize the ATC--the size of the 'lever' that's stressing the DT/HT junction, and suspension-compatible 29er frames with tube dimensions like you mentioned, because the suspension should be lessening the stress on the DT/HT junction?
Is there any situation where you do use a gusset? I know there are plenty of pros and cons...just curious what your take is.
Thanks Steve--appreciate your thoughts and the info you continue to share, esp with regard to fillet brazing and fillers/flux. It's all really helpful.
shipping day - maxxed out on custom wheels. left to right.....DT-Swiss/XT, Velocity synergy x ultegra, Phil Wood x Stan's flows, DT-Swiss x Paul fixed/Schmidt Dyno - some sweet hoops going out to AZ, Wash DC, WA & Chi-Town - Garro.
Hey Mountain man,
Do you think there is any merit to the idea of building a 26R - 29F MTB? I like the idea of how well 29's roll but I'm not a fan of the long stays required. Have you done this?
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I haven't decided yet if I will go rigid or with a suspension fork. Do you have a 29'r suspension fork that you know and love?
Kirk Frameworks Co.