Where have I been?? Well I have been working like a mad man trying to introduce some new products for next year. It was a hard decision but I have given up on the idea of a fully welded stainless MTB. It did however make me revisit the Ti bikes and have been working on getting everything where I like it.
These bikes will not show up on the scene til I feel they are 110% up to par and have zero compromise. I usually give myself an amount of time each year for this type of thing but this project has proven to go way beyond the few weeks I gave myself. New tooling is needed, fixtures and equipment. I still have more work but have finally finished a prototype that will get ridden. It lacks the tire clearance I want but I have that about 95% figured out. I need a new chainstay mitering fixture and some adapters for my seat stay fixture, etc, etc.
The drop out is where I have always felt the Ti bikes fall short. I hate the look of a welded drop out. I like a smooth transition from stay to drop out. After recycling an incredible amount of material I think I finally have a drop out that does not make me sad. Now the question is will it hold up?
It is weird welding on "braze-ons" and having a bike go from the welding stand to the repair stand (not literally but you get my point).
I have a few more MTB prototypes and then I will make a few cross bike prototypes. If all goes well this will be a 2012 offering.
I now need to thank all the people I have bugged and have kindly offered up help with both product and knowledge.
Mark Norstad for some care packages.
Rody Walters for help and care packages
Everyone has been a great help and I appreciate it.
Thanks for reading.