Just getting back to blogging about fabricating some stuff but been busy with other things lately. I’m done with Scott’s fatbike fork with an good amount of bling (brazons) for fatty loaded touring goodness and the use of a Dyno hub with internally routed wiring. I’ll post something on that fork soon once it gets painted and i can take some glamor shots.
I’ve started on Russell’s slack-ass all-mountain 29er. In usual fashion, I run before I can walk so stuff takes me three times as long as it should. Russell’s build has a 34.9 bent seat tube (True Temper 1/7/1 Supertherm) with a collar so he can use a new internal cable-routed 31.6 dropper post (no doubt a blog post on that cable routing later on…), an arched and ovalized top tube, and arched seat stays attaching to Paragon’s Rocker dropouts. The geometry is similar to the Kona Honzo where it’ll have a 68 degree head tube angle and a 120mm X-Fusion fork. Chainstays will be at most 416mm effective length (16.4″) with the Rockers all the way forward and he’ll be using an XX1 crankset with a 32t ring and a 10spd cassette in the back. It’s going to be tight with clearances…!
Here’s some photos of the collar making sans lathe. Kinda hard to get faced/square collars without a lathe and the horizontal mill almost cut it but ended up failing. So I just laid a fusion pass on a 65mm section of 1.375 x 0.65″ tubing without a ‘step’ to hold it in place. Worked fine but I’d rather have a step!
I use that tube block near the BB the whole way to make sure it’s in phase from bender to the BB miter using the vise on the vertical mill. Also helps draw the tube centerline after bending for water bottle boss placement.