Saturday, September 27, 2008

Eric Wilmann's Double TT 96 Mtn. Caddie

This one specializes in Mountain cruzing pimp style. This thing strays so far from the norm, it's almost hard to explain. Double curved TT, 96er, internal brake line, designed for a 110mm travel suspension fork AND a suspension corrected rigid fork (made by me =) which will also hold a 3" Endomorph snow tire, integrated bar stem crafted by Paul of Rock Lobster, extra long chainstays for rollin large on swoopy singletrack and exploring miles of mtn roads.

Obvioiusly this is the first one like this I have done, it is sort of a curvy evolution of this bike
The end result is rewarding, but this is no doubt the most time consuming frame I've ever built, as well as the most difficult. To be honest, I don't know if can charge enough to make building another one like this cost effective. There are so many ways this frame was harder than any other, mitering all of the small tubes at tricky angles, then brazing around them in tight places. Followed by the longest, most challenging step of all - finishing them all down smooth with out butchering the frame. I'm by no means complaining, there is just so much more work in this frame than it looks, even to me after doing it.
Please contact me personally if you have interest in a frame like this beyond enjoying the pictures, I'm not sure this one will be on the price page.

Hello Again

Hi. Sorry it has appeared that I quit. I really haven't, and there's plenty of cool new stuff going on:

An upgraded blast cabinet with built in storage/shelf

Some improved organization

And now it's getting real exciting, a new custom bender made by Erik Wiesnenburger of Portland ME! This baby bends 5 different tubing diameters, in a 16" radius, which more than doubles my bending capability. I finally got it set up and anchored down, but have only just begun to work with it. Erik tested all sizes and sent samples before shipping out this bohemeth, so I know what it can do, just looking forward to putting it to use. Please note the craftsmanship, this was all done in his basement.
So far, the only example of the kind of bends this beast makes, is the light blue 29er (built for Erik's wife, Liz), shown below in the "In Their Element" post. It's the only one so far, but I think it's a great example. Note the difference in the curves on that bike, bigger bend radius, more swoopy and graceful. This is going to put some beautiful curves in seat stays.

Now the really, really exciting part,

A floor repair and reinforcement,
To make room for my new combo vertical/horizontal milling machine!!!
This is something I have wanted since I started making bikes. Up till now, I've been doing it all with a drill press, grinders, and hand files. This thing makes me feel like my shop is complete, at least as far as major tooling. As mills go, this is a pretty light weight one, but still weighs 2400lbs, which is just about all the floor of my trailer-shop can hold.
I've never used a machine like this before, but after the initial learning curve, this baby will open some new doors for me, and more importantly, speed me up!