Ya. You don’t see that as the description of a custom steel frame very often. A few have done it, but not many. As far as I’m concerned, its rad. This bike is what 26″ Single Speeds were in ’95. Take a 29er frame and strip it to its bare essentials. XC trail geometry with a rigid fork. A non-suspension rigid fork, because lets be honest, if you are building a rigid bike, build a rigid bike, not some transformer that can be everything you want it to be but only doing everything half way.
Now here comes the fun part. 142×12 droupouts and 15QR dropouts for the fork. I know what all of you are thinking. “Thats overkill.” “Why so stiff?” “Those dropouts are for All Mountain bikes.” “Thats the stupidest thing I have ever heard.” “Blah. Blah. Blah.” To all of you nay sayers, stop listening to every mass marketing ad and stop listening to johnnynoname on the forums.
I got a lot of these questions at NAHBS. The bike that I had there had 142×12 dropouts and a 15QR SID fork. The reason that we chose to run these were for a few reasons. 1) The customer has multiple bikes and wants to have wheels that are interchangeable. 2) These are the wheelsets that come on most full suspension bikes today. 3) This is where the industry is going!
I get a lot of calls from customers wanting stuff that is WAY out there. My job, as a good framebuilder is to provide them with the adequate information and to guide them. I will not build something that I believe will be obsolete in 6 months. I will also not build something that is unsafe. I believe 142×12 and 15QR are here to stay. The idea of these axle systems arn’t to make frames stiff. They simply bring the convenience of a QR to thru axles. Thru axles are stronger and will spread the load that a hub receives over a greater surface. Its a good design. A great design actually.
Ok, enough ranting. Cameron D. got a hold of me right after the show. He was pumped on my frame at NAHBS and really liked what I had to say about mountain biking and where its going. He must have had one two many beers and I must had one two many espressos, either way, we saw eye to eye on a lot. We started talking and we came up with this bike.
I really enjoyed building this bike. It brought me back to my roots. This is Cameron’s third or fourth bike in his stable but one I think he will have the most fun on. Hopefully he will tune back in with us after he’s done riding it and let us know what he thinks.
The rear dropouts are available on all Stinner’s and cost an extra $175. The front 15QR dropouts are machined in house and cost an extra $150. This is a lot cheaper than having to buy a new wheel set or build a specific wheel set that will only work on this bike. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.
Other than that, lots is going on in the shop. We have our waitlist back up and going, you can find it HERE. People really enjoyed seeing their name in line, so I wanted to get that back up. CX season starts in three weeks for us So Cal kids. I’m looking forward to the season and can’t wait to get started.
Right now our wait list is4 months. I have quite a few people talking to me though, so it may go up to 5 months soon. If you would like a road frame before the road season starts, drop me a line so we can talk.
Thanks for tuning in.