Hey yall, I threw up some pics on a new flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/26256739@N06/
Rat Rod is totally inspired by some of my favorite frames from the early 90's, Eastern Woods Research. I had been wanting to build one for years and some of the features of the frame really lend to the 29inch wheel size. I love the way this bike rides, great clearance for the reba knobs and tons of standover. I held true to form by using a 40 mm bb drop and steepish angles (for me). I was stoked to find out that ERW is back and bilenky is building the frames, they look sweet.
The swinger dropouts were inspired by a conversation last summer with my friend Jake. He wants to build a 29er someday and we were talking about chain tension/disc brake/gears options. I'm still a fan of the ebb but not dogmatic. Some people just cant wrap their heads around the concept and simplicity but thats ok, freedom of choice is cool. Jake wasn't a fan of the ebb, and he did not love the sliders either, horizontals with horizontal adjustable disc tabs are super simple but can be problematic for adjustment, wheel removal etc. So Jake said make the slider pivot. I drew out about 20 designs and stuck with two to try, My goals were, near as flat as possible axle path, not too massive frame component, bomber, and hopefully pleasing to look at.
I worked and built some templates, then some by hand in the shop then had a refined version h20 cut. I was so stoked, the move more than sliders and look cooler(to me) and they were cromo for ease of fabrication. I thought, cool, ill test them out and sell them if anybody wants them...Then I saw Todd's (blackcatbicycles) and it broke my heart. His were way prettier, I still think so, but since he is young and has some attitude, it doesn't look like too many other folks will be using his so unless you want a black cat (not a bad choice, beautiful frames) I say make your own and solve your own problems. I would like to offer my version as open source. Ill email you a dxf and you get them cut. Ive been riding them since january and cant get them to slip. If you want to put on set screw I say go for it.
live wire, there's pics of the old square seat stay bender. yeah yardsale tools!
happy spring, and thanks Walt for moderating this forum.
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