Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"What's the biggest bike you have ever built?"

This one....

Care to guess? One hint. It's a cross bike, so the head tube is a couple of cm shorter than it would be on a road bike of this size.






The thing I love about this lugset is it makes a lugged bike with a horizontal top tube a reality for larger, more powerful riders. It uses 1.25" top tube and seat tubes and a cool down tube that starts at 1.25" at the head tube and swells to 1.375" at the down tube. It is a nice long taper and very subtle. The seat tube lug is my favorite part. Just like on my engraved "Z" seat tube lug, this lug has fastback style seat stay ports. Very sleek and speedy looking. The larger diameter tubes give the frame more rigidity, especially noticable on bikes over 62 cm. Are you a big fella who wants a classic looking bike with a tubeset more appropriate to you and your style of riding? This may be your answer.

7 comments:

Moveitfred said...

What kind of ape is going to ride that frame? Does the future owner know that cross races are for the short and speedy?

zank said...

You don't get to guess, moveitfred.

You aren't much taller than Erwin.

Hugh G. Balls said...

Z:
Whew! She's a beauty. I can only imagine the gangly F who'll be riding that. It may take 3 years to build something so sweet, but it is worth it!

Johnny Applebag said...

Cool frame! It's got a really classic look to it like you don't see anymore. Did you begin this a long time ago? Looks like it came from a different age.

Heywood Jablome said...

Zank, did you inform the basketball player who ordered that beauty will look like some kind of freak off the court. How tall is that guy, 7' 2"? Nice looking bike.

gwadzilla said...

it looks like it came out pretty sweet

but

the taller frame does look a tad lanky and awkward

gewilli said...

bigger tubes...

(yeah so it is september - i'm just catching up)

so that's the secret to rich and mif's devout praise to the almighty Zank...

no wonder my "custom" bike with the stock tube diameters is such a noodly apparition...

and "short and speedy?" cross racers?

who's the us national champ?