Saturday, November 17, 2007

Frameset News

I visited with David Cheakas, my framebuilder, today. We hammered out plans for our semi-custom frames. These will be made to measure for each rider. The default wheel size will be 650B, but 700C and 26" will be used when appropriate.

These frames will be suitable for any type of road riding except for racing and heavily loaded touring. The final design of each bike will depend on what each customer needs, but we'll be working from a template in order to keep the cost in a certain range. However, there will be a great deal of flexibility in the details. We'll work with two sets of lugs--one for standard tubing and one for oversized tubing. Brake choice, fork rake, braze-ons, etc. will be determined on a case by case basis. Internal wiring for dynamo systems will be available. We'll settle on a small selection of colors for the paintjobs (probably five or six).

Frameset cost will be in the $1500-$1600 range. The only option that will change the price is the internal wiring.

I'll post more on this later as I have more details. I forgot to take pictures of the frame David is finishing up right now, but I should have some to post next week.

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