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Old 11-27-2019, 09:10 AM
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How about handling characteristics due to fork/trail? Say someone likes high trail handling - other factors equal, do you vary tube selection here as well, or just fork and HT to get the desired characteristics.
I have to say: your forks are just awesome......
Do I change the tube diameter or wall based on the amount of trail being used? No.

I design the frame to get the proper fit and select the head angle to get the proper fore/aft weight distribution and then I match the fork rake to that head angle to give the desired trail. This is one of the larger reasons for wanting my frames to come with a matching fork - so that I can select the proper amount of rake to give the desired trail. When using a stock out-of-the-box fork I have to reverse that process....I need to design the frame to work with the generic fork and not the other way around. In some cases the end result would be fairly similar but in most cases it ends up being a compromise that I'm not comfortable with.

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Old 11-27-2019, 09:43 AM
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Good questions....I have just enough time before the lasagna comes out of the oven to respond.

The fork pictured does have a 1 1/8" steerer. Steerer diameter is chosen for a mix of performance and pragmatic reasons. If the rider is big and heavy and very aggressive that pushes me toward the larger size.....light and smooth makes me think smaller. Does the rider prioritize smooth ride over hammering? Smaller. Does the rider like to spring against his buddies for green signs like their lives depend on it? Larger.

The pragmatic consideration boils down to what size head tube does the frame have? If the tubing is normal sized and the frame is lugged then that pushes us toward 1" because nearly all quality lugs for OS sized tubes (the norm today) are designed for a 1 1/4" head tube so the steerer will need to be 1". Larger lugged frames that use XL sized tubes will use a 36 mm HT and this needs a 1 1/8" steerer. With fillets I can go either way.

One thing to keep in mind is that steerers come in different wall thicknesses too so a big guy who wants a smooth ride can use a thicker walled 1" steerer and the ride will be awesome and it will be way more than strong enough.

Fork blades - I have Reynolds make two different thicknesses for me and my JKS model so that I can fine tune the ride. My blades are my own part numbers and they are done a bit differently.....they look pretty normal on the outside but the inside is different and it cuts weight and gives a wonderful ride.

One last thing about steerer size.....it's not a phallic thing....bigger is not better. One needs to remember how we got here with massive steerers. For 100 years 1" steerers were the norm and life was fine. Then the mountain bike came on the scene and the loads were higher and the forks got longer (more leverage) so the steerers got bigger to deal with these loads. A bigger steerer was indeed a good thing here. The steerer material changed to aluminum and carbon and to deal with stiffness and fatigue resistance the steerers got even bigger and tapered. Again - a good solid engineering reason for the change. But just because these "standards" worked well in other applications and materials doe not mean that they will be better in steel. Full. Stop. One needs to pick the right specs of a tube based on how it's going to be used and what the material is and not out of some misplaced sense of being modern or fashionable. It just doesn't work this way.

Time to check on dinner - thanks for reading.

dave
Good stuff... I was the one who asked 39T and reading this makes me smile. If i am going for a high end frame it better be custom and if it´s custom the guy who builds it better build me a steel fork too. It better be David Kirk.
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:54 PM
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Some excellent insight in the last few posts, thanks for that Dave.

This is the kind of discussion that reinforces the value of having a bike made to measure by a master craftsman who knows what he's doing.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:18 AM
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Not long ago I had the privilege of building a special frame for my friends at Savile Road to bring to the Philly Bike Show. The frame was fillet brazed and built with the 100th Anniversary tubeset made by Columbus to celebrate that milestone. One of the fun features of the tubeset is the seat collar cut with the Columbus Dove. My painter Joe Bell had some fun showing off his airbrush skills making the dove pop. He’s pretty damn good.

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Old 12-04-2019, 08:20 AM
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Not long ago I had the privilege of building a special frame for my friends at Savile Road to bring to the Philly Bike Show. The frame was fillet brazed and built with the 100th Anniversary tubeset made by Columbus to celebrate that milestone. One of the fun features of the tubeset is the seat collar cut with the Columbus Dove. My painter Joe Bell had some fun showing off his airbrush skills making the dove pop. He’s pretty damn good.



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That is gorgeous Dave! Is it on Display at Saville now?


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Old 12-26-2019, 11:37 AM
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I’m excited to get this fillet brazed beauty out the door and to its new owner. I suspect this will be the last build shipped in 2019 and it’s a good note to close the year on. More photos tomorrow after it’s all wrapped up.

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Old 12-27-2019, 10:46 AM
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The final bike shipped in 2019 - thank you all for a fun and productive year!

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Old 12-27-2019, 11:18 AM
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Wow! And what a fine looking steed to close out the year!!!

That paint and decal/accent treatment is awesome. And the wheels too..

What kind of hubs are they? And are those 32mm G-Ones?
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Old 12-27-2019, 03:29 PM
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That paint and decal/accent treatment is awesome.
+1 . KILLER paint!
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Old 12-27-2019, 03:48 PM
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Awesome, great way to finish up the year


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Old 12-27-2019, 08:24 PM
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The final bike shipped in 2019 - thank you all for a fun and productive year!



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Great build and color scheme. And of course, those fillets!!!


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Old 01-13-2020, 10:25 AM
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I usually keep my Paceline feed 100 percent bike focused so this post is a bit of a diversion.

Over the weekend I finished up the new roll bar for my Westfield autocross car. I had a car friend ask if I was comfortable having my life depend on my metal work. It was an interesting question. It was then that I realized that I’ve building things that my life depends on for a very long time. I have to say that the very first time one descends at 50 mph on a frame that you built with your own two hands is a leap of faith.

That was thousands of bikes ago and my customers and I have been depending on my metal work for decades now.

Interesting to think about. Now back to bikes.

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Old 01-13-2020, 10:49 AM
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I had a car friend ask if I was comfortable having my life depend on my metal work.
I mean, it's easy to turn that question around, right -- is he comfortable having his life depend on someone else's metal work? Is that somehow more comforting?
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:50 AM
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I mean, it's easy to turn that question around, right -- is he comfortable having his life depend on someone else's metal work? Is that somehow more comforting?
Interesting way to put it. In this case he'd be much more comfortable with most anyone's metal work compared to his own!

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Old 01-16-2020, 06:48 PM
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Hey, I wear a helmet while crossing the street.......

Seriously, something can fall on your head, you may be struck by lightning, hit by a bus, contract a fatal illness from lettuce, elevator cables can snap, etc..... Life is nothing but a series of calculated risks we take daily.

I'd love to put my life in Dave's hands by riding one of his frames again.
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