April 27, 2007

Menial labor

I spent the last 4 hours prepping and packing up the Twinsix 29ers – I guess you don’t realize how boring a job like that is when you usually just do one frame at a time. Man, I’m sick of using the bottom bracket taps…

In other news, I’ve done a little bit more work on the downhill bike. Progress since the last update includes:
-Ordered an el-cheapo front 20mm hub, and matching 36 hole 700c Rhynolite rims. I ended up selling my DT Swiss 165mm hub on Ebay (and only got a lousy $30!) because the 165mm standard seems to be disappearing, and in looking at the hub (which I got for free, so whatever) I noticed that the flanges aren’t actually any farther apart/wider than those on a 150mm hub – the ISO disc mount is just extended way over to the nondrive side to make it line up right. Lame. So in any case, I got a no-name rear 150x12mm hub from BTI (it weighs an astounding 800 grams with the axle!) which will let me build the frame around something a little more normal. Some of you are probably wondering why I didn’t get a set of Kris Holm rims for this beast – and essentially, it’s because I’m light (150 pounds) and the Rhynolites are dirt cheap (