March 13, 2013

95%

Gotta finish welding in fiddly bits but I’m very close to being done with Daniel’s frame.

Ready for Pisgah? Not yet, but I’m getting there.

Now, geeks, gather round:
-120mm travel front/rear
-69 degree head tube angle, 72 degree (effective) seat tube angle
-68.1cm front center, 111.4cm/43.9″ wheelbase, 62cm/24.4″ toptube
-35cm/13.75″ BB height (unsprung)
-43.5cm/17.1″ chainstays
-About 31″ standover
-For a tapered steerer fork TALAS fork (head tube angle goes to 70.5 degrees in 95mm travel mode) and XX1/front derailleur free drivetrain

Daniel rides and lives in the Pisgah national forest area (ie Asheville) and he was looking for a bike that would let him clean rough climbs but have a blast going down the descent on the other side. BB height was a big question mark on this bike and we eventually settled on about 13.75″ – which will require some pedal timing in the rocks but not perch Daniel up too high for the steep stuff going back down. Short chainstays should help keep things a little bit snappy on tighter terrain even with the 69 degree HTA. I haven’t weighed the frame yet but I’m guessing weight will be similar (ie about 3000g) to McCalla’s.