thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It is really great to hear more about how you approach these things.
I'm already following your blog once in a while. I live in Switzerland and love Tuscany. I am a big fan of your work already.
I've seen some crazy MTB/Touring/Gelato bici from you but the road bikes have stayed standard so far. Would you dare trying to build a really specific bike if a crazy customer was asking for a Time trial bike with aero shaped tubes and a custom aero fork with handlebar attachments on the fork crown or even then handlebar soldered directly to the fork crown with full di2 integration including integrated usb charging port on the seat mast ?
Something like those old russian TT / pursuit frame but with aero shaped tubes :
I could be that customer one day.
Here's a bucketload of what I've been working on. I'm not sure how to upload these photos w/o taxing my attachments, so I'll just post them to a blog page here:
As you can see, I'm pretty busy these days. I don't typically post all of my jobs to my Flickr or blog b/c of time constraints. In this album, you can see J. Lande's fresh new 29er, taken out in the cold. It will soon be going to Joel in the US. Then I've got some close-ups of a classic road frame for a fella in Northern Italy. It's going out via another builder and will probably end up with some paint, who knows. The last shots are the ones that interest me "in the world of Ti", specifically Crisp Ti
Thanks for the question. Well, I DO like challenges (a little more than crazy customers..) as you may have seen some of my more atypical projects. The one that you have referenced it pretty interesting, but unfortunately I am currently not building road forks. Years ago, when I could use chainstays as fork legs, this was possible. With the tube proportions of today, that just isn't possible. I think the TAKHION frames were also banned by the UCI not only for the bars, but for the geometry. Here's a link of another build you might like to see: Takhion Aero Pursuit frameset - 58 x 56cm - a set on Flickr
Over the years, I have also changed my view about shaped tubes. There are some limits as to how a ti tube can be formed. I learned this by repairing ti frames from higher-volume manufacturers and realized that most of the repairs I was doing were on shaped or formed tubes. They were not taken past their "elastic" limits and over time, the vibration of road use would reshape the tube into it's original shape. This, when constrained by a weld, would yield some pretty unfortunate results. I still build the occasional TT frame with teardrop tubes, but the client is well aware of the characteristics and limitations of these styles.
That's kind of a vague response, I know. If you were to send me a drawing of an actual frame, I'd be more than happy to give you specific thoughts.
Thanks for the question!