The finished bike, Di2, disc brakes, Schwalbe Furious Fred 29 x 2.0 tires.
From this side, you can spot the rear brake cable and Di2 wiring heading into the downtube.
Strada Fango, (Road Mud)
Smooth fillet brazed seat cluster.
The internal Di2 wiring exits just below the front derailleur. Because I bent the drive side chainstay, I can run this 44 x 30T XTR crank without the front derailleur's cage hitting the chainstay. You can also spot the K-Edge modified rear Di2 derailleur, the long cage will allow me to run a 36T max rear cog, although it's set up with a 34T for now.
Nice gentle rake on the fork along with the disk tab. Also added some lowrider mounts for the occasional overnight jaunt.
Once again, Jason's paint steals the show!
Finished frame and fork, ready for paint.
Lots going on with this rear end. The stays are MTB "S" curved to begin with, and then I bent the driveside chainstay to allow for extra front derailleur cage clearance up front with disk brake mounts on the other side. Bumps for tire and crank clearance as well.
I cut the tab of the driveside Paragon dropout back so I could make the curve of the chainstay blend into the dropout.
A fairly nice transistion from dropout to chainstay.
Tricky Di2 wire routing on the inside of the driveside dropout chainstay connection.
The wire will exit to the inside and then loop out through the large window of the Paragon dropout. I'll probably add a loop to make sure it stays out of the way of the dropouts.
The main tubes and chainstays are mitered. I still need to prep the bottom bracket shell, braze the internal rear brake cabling into the down tube and drill gas holes before it's ready to tack up.
I had to build a new bending ramp so I could do this gentler bend for disk brakes.
Disk brake tab, fillet brazed and finished. I also added eyelets and a lowrider mount just in case I want to take a tour on this one!
Pacenti MTB fork crown with my hidden fender mount brazed underneath.
Sneaky internal brake routing in the down tube.
Here's where the brake cable exits the down tube and heads down the chain stay toward the disc caliper.
Everything is fluxed up and ready to tack.
I brazed up the bottom bracket first, soaked it and then machined it so I could double check the frame alignment before I braze the fillets. It also allowed me to mock up the crank, rear wheel and front derailleur.
That gap between the chainstay and the bottom of the front derailleur cage is the reason why I curved the drive side chainstay. This crank has a 46T outer ring, but with this clearance I can even run my XTR crank with a 44 or 42T outer, pretty cool.
Smooth top tube and seat stay fillets.
Tricky finishing in between those seat stays.
Curved seat stay bridge with fender boss and rack mounts on the outside of the seat stays.
Mitering this chainstay bridge with the assymetrical chainstays was interesing.
Fillet brazed seat cluster.
Here's where both the brake cable and Di2 wires enter the down tube.
Lugged bottom bracket allows for much easier routing of the Di2 wires, the front derailleur wire will exit from the reinforced hole in the seat tube.
Bottom bracket from the non-drive side, you can see the exit point for the brake cable and where it'll route along the chainstay. I also like the cool curved chainstay bridge!
First ride, March 2012.
2/3 of the way through Almanzo 2013 at Forestville State Park. The fat tires were a little overkill on for the first half of the course, but once we hit the fresh gravel they really proved their worth.
Loaded up for an overnight trip.
Overnight tour to Kolher Andrea SP this past summer with Deborah.
A little fatter tire up front and it handles the trails at Kettle Moraine just fine.
Swap out the knobbies for some 32c tires and it's ready for the road, nothing dangerous about that.