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    new business starting, prototype picture

    at the end of February 2004, I'll be starting operations in my new custom steel framebuilding business. My focus will be hardtail MTBs, but I'll also build CX and road frames. The name of the company is Integrity Frames.

    Here's a photo of my first prototype on an urban HT:
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    detail photos requested

    I had someone ask for some detail photos, pre-coating. Here's the section he wanted to see. I'll post others later.
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    disc caliper braze-on closeup

    here's the braze-on for the disc caliper mount
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    here's the brazing on the der hanger/dropout cluster
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    Hope it works out for you.

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    Thanks, Jed...

    I think it will, I don't expect riches of ANY sort, just delight at seeing someone enjoy the ride on something I made. I already have plenty of customers right here in Zootown. don't expect I'll be doing a bang-up business on the web or anything like that. besides, not everyone wants fillet brazed urban/DJ/FR hardtails, most want TIG welded BMX style. I like the narrow niche, and I"ll be doing other creative stuff on the side.

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    man thats good stuff
    how much for one?
    go ahead and advertise on us, give me an email or website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    I think it will, I don't expect riches of ANY sort, just delight at seeing someone enjoy the ride on something I made. .
    Well that's good.

    It should be fun. Again, wish you all the luck.

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    Nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    at the end of February 2004, I'll be starting operations in my new custom steel framebuilding business. My focus will be hardtail MTBs, but I'll also build CX and road frames. The name of the company is Integrity Frames.

    Here's a photo of my first prototype on an urban HT:
    Good luck man, that looks sweet.
    Pricing?
    Custom only, or is there a "stock" frame?

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    not sure of the price yet, but around $650 is a guess

    the revised model will be somewhat different (more relaxed head angle, shorter rear triangle for 24" wheels, slightly shorter seat tube).

    I'm not finished with the web site yet, but almost there.

    I'll post the website and more details in the next few weeks. I'm still getting the shop ready... it's really not far off, though.

    PS - the $650 guess is for full custom. there will be less expensive "stock" frames, see the post responding to Mackie below.
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    Mackie, there's going to be a "stock" model urban HT with fixed geometry. Deviations from the fixed geometry will push the frame into the "custom" category, which will cost a little more but will give MUCH more flexibility overall for other changes.

    I'm also planning a "stock" trail HT that is compatible with a 5" fork.

    Then there's the fully-custom option, which includes any type of HT, road frame or CX frame.

    All frames will have these restrictions: Disc brakes only; Fillet brazed only; Steel only.

    Restrictions will change if CX rules change to ban disc brakes. Or, I might be persuaded to put caliper bosses on any old custom request. I'm a fairly flexible guy!

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    materials?

    Gonzo,
    reynolds 853, tange prestige, or just 4130.....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike

    Restrictions will change if CX rules change to ban disc brakes.
    They were banned by the UCI (many local races are still UCI sponsored) last fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebronze
    Gonzo,
    reynolds 853, tange prestige, or just 4130.....?
    Tange Prestige is getting harder to find, but yes - in limited sizes. my proto has a Prestige top tube, 4130 down tube, Columbus Cyber rear triangle.

    so basically, yes as to Reynolds, Dedacciai, True Temper, Columbus, and straight-gauge 4130

    and I suppose if you want Excell, and can find where to get it, I can use that too

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    thanks, Jed

    somehow I suspected that was either coming up or already had happened.

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    Nice!!

    Nice looking frame. Will you have a dedicated ss frame with EBB?

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    Just wondering how you learned framebuilding? School?, apprenticeship, self taught?

    I've decided to go to frame building school at UBI or somewhere to fulfill a long time dream of framebuilding. My goal is to build classic lugged steel road, CX, single speed, fixed gear, and combo of lugged/fillet brazed mountain XC bike hardtails. Totally as a hobby, maybe build a few a year to sell to pay for my bike fix. At 35 years old, it sort of seems late to start, but sort of consider it away to keep my biking passion alive as I grow older.

    How are you deciding on your geometries? Test riders? prototypes, etc.

    What about tooling? Seems to range anywhere from handcutting miters, and one off wooden jigs, to upright milling machines, arctos jigs, and 500lb alignment tables.

    If you wouldn't mind me wasting your time offline, I'd love to pick your brain.

    Thanks and good luck. Very much agree with your business philosphy of working a niche market

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    SS and EBB are in the mix, yes

    I prefer the EBB method of using discs on a SS, so that's a definite YES!

    oh, and the discs-only restriction doesn't apply to road frames of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    I think it will, I don't expect riches of ANY sort, just delight at seeing someone enjoy the ride on something I made. I already have plenty of customers right here in Zootown. don't expect I'll be doing a bang-up business on the web or anything like that. besides, not everyone wants fillet brazed urban/DJ/FR hardtails, most want TIG welded BMX style. I like the narrow niche, and I"ll be doing other creative stuff on the side.

    Always nice to see another Canadian framebuilder. I am unfamiliar with "Zootown"; which one of our fine cities is that?
    You got a website or contact info you can supply yet?
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    Missoula, MT.

    He's close to canada, but not quite there yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zonic Man
    Missoula, MT.

    He's close to canada, but not quite there yet!

    Doh!
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    gonzo, anything new?
    did you get your website up yet?

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    here's the latest

    Quote Originally Posted by thebronze
    gonzo, anything new?
    did you get your website up yet?
    website's almost ready but not quite. need to chat with my ISP re traffic volume.

    already received tubesets for 2 frames. will be ordering more tubing on Monday.

    last framebuilding machinery point needed: rotary table for vertical mill. will have by next week.

    first Beta test frames (going to local friends who are good riders) should be ready by end of March.

    thanks for checking in!

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    Gonzo, can you email me?
    I might be interested in a frame.
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