This is mine handmade frame. Enjoy...
P.S.: Sorry for damaged CarbonMike stickers on frame. Photo taken after several years of use and crashes.
That is impressive. Home made autoclave for curing?
No, just wet layup. Each layer compacted with rubber electrical tape (sticky side up). Tape was perforated with needle so excessive resin can flow out. Tons of flat sanding, clear epoxy coats, sanding, sanding sanding.
I geeked out...
And built myself a lightweight (5.8#) FS frame.
You can read about it here if you're in the mood.
That is really nice! I really like the just welded look of the frame, without any paint or anything.
Originally Posted by Walt
Why do a lot of people use premade rear ends? Are they hard to make? I think it would look great with a steel rear end to match.
Can you post up the ride report, when you get to ride it?
Here you go...
The obligatory "vertically compliant and laterally stiff" ride report.
Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
Dang, these bikes look good enough to be sold in a bike shop. I enjoy working with wood but have only built furniture and gun stocks to this point (no bikes). I have enjoyed going through this thread and must give major props to everyone who has built their own frame. Just like it's satisfying to catch a fish on a fly you tied yourself, it must be very satisfying to get out and ride a frame you built yourself.
Here is my frame number two and my first mountain bike. It is a blast to ride and even goes in a straight line! I am stoked.
adam - the post I was referring to got deleted, disregard
hows riding in the snow? ive never tried it before but it looks like alot of fun!
Bamboo Frame Build
I finished this one about a week ago. My first and only frame build so far. I call it the Mongo K1. Mongo after Blazing Saddles becasue it's a little too beefy in the front and has a mix and match setup. Technically it's a cyclocross frame, but so far it's only been on the road. I surprised myself in that it's straight and cyclocross tires actually fit.
Frame bits setup:
Bamboo tubes from Honokaa (Bambusa for the seatpost, and some other unidentified type for everything else)
Bamboo cable stop and disc brake hose clamps (home made)
Coarse hemp strand wrap (from Canada) wetted out with Aeropoxy amber expoxy
Final wrap is fine hemp called silver, same source
Nova Cycles BB Steel Shell
Nova Cycles 44mm aluminum head tube
Cane Creek 40 Zero Stack headset (carbon cap)
Paragon Machine Works low mount disc stainless steel dropouts
Recovered leather Specialized touring saddle with coffee bean embroidered into surface by a friend
Frame sealed with spar urethane UV resistant clear gloss.
SRAM cranks, chain and rear derrailleur
Campagnolo downtube shifter levers
Magura Louise hydraulic rear disc 160mm
XTR front V-Brakes
Easton carbon fork
Bamboo steer tube spacers
Mavic rear wheel with SRAM X9 disc hub
Access front wheel from a road bike.
I couldn't post image links because my posting numbers are too low. Replace dot with a period and the word slash with / below.
Check here for pics:
jonasrullo dot com slash img slash bamboo slash
and that should get you the pics.
When I get more posts made, I'll put in the real links.
I like the bike, was it hard to build
el incognito numero uno
I built this fillet-brazed steel 29er at the Bohemian Framebuilding School under the close scrutiny of Dave Bohm. I built in end of February 2010. I mixed the paint, Dave shot it, he's awesome, is a wealth of knowledge and is set up to teach you what you need.
Put it together in late Spring that year(2010) and have been riding it everywhere in my current residence of Austin TX since then. It's been SS, then geared and now SS again. Awaiting 2x10 gears now.
Slowly putting together a lugged road/track bike to replace mine and then we'll see where that takes me.
Whoa, that's an amazing looking hardtail!:thumbsup:
Originally Posted by juanspeed
Thanks ! Appreciate the feedback.
Here is a pic of my first and only modified mountain bike frame. Had to start somewhere so found a gently used Rockhopper as a starting point. Built it for a friend who will probably NOT do much hard mountain riding, so stuck with mostly stock 'Hopper mechanicals. Urban Earls are the first clue that this is a recreational machine for the casual rider.
Racks are .035 seamless, silver brazed. The better the joint, the better the silver fillet. Used .375 laminated bamboo for the racks, standard CatEye lights. Got a lot of inspiration from the Condor. Bike looks heavy but isn't. Powder coated in a textured gray/tan.
Had a friend take some decent pics, thanks Ken.
Hank in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Mi name is Michael and I started framebuilding in 2011 (hobby).
I read almost every topic in this forum, great source of information.
By now I´ve just been reading, but I thought why not register and be part of the discussion.
So here are the bikes I´ve done so far. I wanted to try some joining-procedures, to see what I like best.
First build was a lugged fixedgear.
Then I built myself two polobikes, added only a picture of Version MKII. Both TIG welded.
Followed by a fillet brazed fixedgear.
Lately I fell in love with off-road riding. So for the start I built myself a Monstercross / dropbar full rigid 29er. It fits 29x2.1 tires.
Love it. Next bike will be a hardtail.
How about a sealed drive bike!!
How do I upload pictures?
I started building bikes in 92 with a friend of mine (Freddie). We built our last bike together in 98 (a tandem) he started building about a year ago and I am thinking about it again. Here is a TT bike we made in about 1996. I made the down tube and seat tube from .035 4130CrMo sheet. I made a fixture to bend the sheet metal then tig welded it together, they are 1" wide 3" long. Most of the bike was tig welded. I also machined the seat post adapter. I will post some pictures of my personal road and MTB soon.
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