Monday, January 12, 2009

More MAX

The MAX frame is ready for the seat stays. But I wanted to show some pictures of the MAX tubeset beside an OS tubeset. The set on the right is the MAX set and the set on the left is a PegoRichie (Spirit for Lugs) set. Pay particular note to the ends of the tubes which shows the ovalization and also compare the chainstays. The MAX chainstays are a monster 6 mm taller on the long axis of the oval compared to the 16x30 mm oval chainstay in the Sprit set.

And here is the fork for this bike. The fork blades dwarf a standard fork blade. The crown is a sweet Walter straight blade crown for MAX blades.

More later...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The MAX Project

One of the projects I am really excited about finishing is the MAX bike I am doing for Stephen. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a Columbus MAX tube and lug set complete with the original fork blades and seat stays. We used a nice Walter MAX fork crown and Long Shen dropouts to round out the build.
The first step was to give the lugs and BB a little personality. As you can see, the stock lugs are pretty chunky. But hey, this tube set was all about building a race machine for big, strong dudes. Aesthetics were likely not too high on the old priority list.
There wasn't much real estate to work with on these lugs. They were short and stubby. But there was one particular feature I liked. The top tube and down tube are ovalized where they meet the head tube. With the long axis of each tube on the vertical plane, it created a broad, flat area that could be carved. I also knew I wanted to remove as much meat from the BB shell as I could.
Here are the lugs and BB out of the box....

Now for a little "Z" treatment....

And now the fun begins. I wanted the design to be simple. This is a race bike. Clean and nothing over the top was the order of the day. After a lot of drawing on the lugs to figure out what I liked, this simple design came to me and I ran with it.

And I added some cable guides to the bottom of the BB.

More tomorrow....thanks for looking!

Friday, January 02, 2009

FMB and Zanconato

Francois at FMB makes the nicest tubulars in the world by hand in France. I am deeply honored that he chose to include a Zanconato on his gallery page. I will be doing another order next spring. Please get in touch if there is something you are interested in.

Happy New Year

It's chilly here in WI. I'm excited to be headed back to MA for the month of January to finish up all of the remaining frames. They are all in process with at least the tubesets mitered and ready to be tacked. But they will all be done and ready for paint by January 23rd. Then back to WI for my spring semester at UWM.

We will be moving back to MA at the end of July and I will be building full time in 2010. A new website is in the works. But for now the main focus is getting the last 10 or so frames off to the incredibly patient folks listed to my left. I am going to do a bunch of photos while I am in MA, so stay tuned for next week.

Thanks and Happy New Year!