Friday, September 26, 2008

Salsa's other cross bike.

Who knew Salsa Casserol's made such good CX bikes? Mud clearance, some. Brakes, marginal, but sufficiant. Stand over, sure there's some. Ride quality, great!

Here you go Marty, a go fast real man's bike. Formula track hubs, Rev spokes, Tufo Tubies, Dimension CX crank arms and a White FW. That's about all a guy needs. I'll let you know how it all works this weekend. Cheers.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A new bike.

It's been crazy busy at the shop the last few weeks. Not the least of the work was getting all the Rawland bikes set up for Interbike. That's 14 wheels and seven complete bikes that had to happen in a little over a week. All that on top of the regular work being done in the shop, and all that by myself. It was awesome. The bikes turned out great, as pictures should attest any day now, and the new products are just awesome. I'll have full details of the new Elgoske bullmoose bars, the Askelladden kiddie SS, and the Drakkar semi custom fixed gear bike in the next few days.

Here are some of the pics of my prototype Drakkar. I haven't had a fixie all summer, and I'm looking forward to beatnig this one all over Rice county. Enjoy.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fork Offset Questions

There have been several questions raised about the offset off the Rawland forks here and through email. The offsets offered on both the long, 465mm, and short, 415mm versions of the fork was set at 43mm very deliberately. Looking at it from a saleability point of view, the forks must be compatible with most geometries on the market. While I know people who desire for with more offset, 55-60mm, and people who prefer shorter offsets, 35-40mm. This fork splits the middle.

Here are some examples. If you own a Karate Monkey and put this fork on it, the fork will tighten up the head angle and slightly increase the rake. this will make the bike turn slightly quicker, but will not be a enough of a difference to change over all handling. The same is true of Salsa's El Mariachi, where this fork is very similar, albeit with a different aesthetic. Again, the bike will ride very similarly to it's original design. The geometry will also work very well for pre-G2 Fisher bikes, expanding the market much more. The shorter fork will give custom builders a non suspension corrected off the shelf option with a little more panache than other's out there currently. The fork also matches many 26" rigid options, and will work well with 650b conversions.

Ultimately, every fork design has to be a compromise. Offsets of more than 47 mm have very different ride characteristics than forks of lesser rakes. On steep head angled bikes, they tend to make the bike very quick as to be very tiring on long rides, or twitchy in tech sections. On slack angled bikes, large rake can produce a more apparent "wheel flop" sensation. These are all subjective qualities, and can be debated about what is best until the sun sets. The bottom line remains that anything drastically outside of the box is going to be ultimately a much less sell able option, and usually puts the customer into a custom box. This really allows for that discerning rider to make every choice as to how the fork will ride, and I feel that they will ultimately be much happier.

Rawland products are by definition designed to be classic, understated, and refined. They are designs that take into account not only what the current geometry and style de jour tends to be, but also years of past ideals and standards. We feel that this sets us apart from many in the industry, and will lead to our customers riding bikes that in 10 years still look like what is currently around, but with that traditional flair aesthetically and practically that many uber products lack. We are open to new design ideas, and love to hear comments and suggestions. Customer involvement has been huge so far in crafting what the brand stands for. This is leading up to our biggest, and I think, most exciting showing at Interbike later this year. Thank you for your suggestions and support. We are working on many new things right now, and will be looking at this issue in the near future.


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Rawland 29er Forks!

Here are some shots of the Rawland Cycles 29er disc fork. There will be two versions, a 465mm X 43mm, (pictured,) and a 415mm X 43mm. I'll be checking for rotor clearances and tire clearances today. The 465mm with fit any tire currently made with no issue, and the 415mm should, though we may be making that fork a bit longer for increased mud clearance around the crown. Colors will be white or black for both forks. I'll keep you updated, but I'm very pleased with how this fork rides so far!

A lot of things to catch up on

Meg and I spent a few days camping last weekend up in Duluth. It was a pretty chill trip, mostly spent doing a whole lot of nothing. It was just what the two of us needed. We have been very busy the past few weeks. It was a great trip, with some gorgeous scenery, and some interesting bikes.

Of all of the bikes we saw, this one is the clear standout. Here it is, the first and hopefully last I ever see, a custom single braked, five speed chopped barred, HOME MADE S and S COUPLER'D BIKE! Quite possibly the scariest thing I've seen in a long time.

Gotta love pipe fittings! The welds are amazing as well. Here are some of the shots we took at J. Cooke State Park. We camped here both nights. It is really a great spot to stay.

The new ring! (It's smaller than it looks, I don't sell that many bikes!) Really pretty though, it was just what she had wanted.
Random shot coming home from work. That's the other scooter/commuter. Gotta love 45mpg and screaming around corners! The seat is ugly, but other than that it's a pretty good looking bike.

Friday led up to a really busy, hectic weekend. I was running a bit behind coming from work, had a headache, (not deserved,) and had not stopped for coffee yet. I walked into the shop to see water pouring from the ceiling! No shit. There had to be several hundred gallons of water between the shop floor and the basement floor. Sometime during the night, the float in the toilet in Apt 1 rusted off of the connecting arm. This basically let the water run into the tank uncontrolled, spilling water through the upper floor and into the shop. Thank you very much. We got it taken care of, and nothing was actually wrecked, so what do you do? 4 hours and four guys with vacuums did the trick.