Monday, August 20, 2012
Below, as-brazed chainstay spear - there's over 2/3rds of a 32" rod of 1/16th" brass in that end.
I had to both flatten and dimple the chainstays for the Sram XO cranks to fit a 2.35" Panaracer Rampage for mud clearance and chainsuck prevention, which you do not have to do with an XT - FYI, fellow framebuilders.
She is 16+ but is still happy, really gimpy and F'ed up, but happy. Sadly, I think she will not be with us much longer, she has pretty much defined what you can get out of a dog - four times to Mexico alone as well as all over the Western USA and thousands upon thousands of miles of trails.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
So, I have had a weird deal with the blog lately - I ask how many people read it and get a grand total of seven responses in a couple of weeks, during which I actually still do a few more posts, granted, a bit spaced out from each other as I'm not a fan of this current cultured idea of posting for the world every single thing you do and eat, and have been throwing tons of pics on facebook, and for some reason people are calling me and e-mailing me about "where's the blog - are you retiring? the blog hasn't been updated in........seven days"
To summarise, if you like the blog, drop a comment and say so. I track the #'s of views and I can see that the blog gets as many hits a day as a single picture does on FB, so if you like this resource don't just not say so as it WILL go away if I am just doing this for no one, as it does take time away from fabrication and life - I like it for a chronicle of my own deal, but if you enjoy it, say so. Thank You.
Why do I do these this way, which adds a big chunk of fabrication time? Because they ride SWEET - stiff yet allowing good flex due to the smaller diameter lowers - like an old WTB type two fork or the same fork now made by framebuilding badass Steve Potts.
Coco-Motos in action here, and the new Coco-Motos are on the way which will be horizontal like these but with a derailleur hanger and a matching eyelet mirroring the top disc brake mount for the caliper adapter on the right side for clean rack mounting with discs and no brazed-on eyelets to ever tear off.
I have also been doing mostly complete bikes this year, which takes more time as I am open to truly custom builds, but it comes out better and everything works together perfectly.
This bike will be going to New Mexico, which has always been very good to me as per bike orders and will be assembled with Sram XO, Fox fork, XTR hubs, Stan's rims, Thomson bits and a King headset - stay tuned.
That's it for now, folks. And as always, thanks for reading!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
It had a new Paragon Machine Works oversized headtube, a new "standard" for longer travel suspension forks, 44mm.
It adds 50g over a "regular" 1.125" headtube chunk of the same length and I have also made large vent holes in the intersections to not only lighten the frame but also allow moisture to vent and lube to be applied. Also included are the single speed CocoMoto dropouts, handmade seattube sleeve, and internally relieved BB shell - let's go.
Super busy, thanks for reading everyone, also Coconino Cycles has a Facebook page, check it out if you wish, it gets more traffic daily then the blog get weekly, and blog posts are up there as well - cheers, Steve.