February 19th, 2009 Hugh
After a brief February thaw, winter has returned to Guelph. Monday was the family day holiday in Ontario so it was a shorter week here at True North. Hugh took the opportunity to engage in a three-hour road hockey marathon while i took a trip into Toronto to check out the Royal Ontario Museum. I hadn’t been there since they added the new wing to the building, it’s pretty nice, but i think the Bat Cave is still the highlight.
I assembled Ron’s bike yesterday and it’s looking great.
We’re still waiting on the XT cranks, but here is a pic of the bike in it’s near completed state. It is a full XT build including the awesome XT 29er wheels, Eriksen Ti seatpost and DT XMC80 fork.
Slowly but surely we’re making headway into our orders.
If you need me, i’ll be at the sandblast booth for the next little while. I have a few frames to prep and then it’s paint time. The new powdercoating is working out amazing and we just got in some great new colours and a really cool matte clearcoat.
January 28th, 2009 Hugh
It has been a whirlwind of activity here trying to master the art of powder coating as well as building frames and taking orders.Â Â The problem with contracting out the powder coating is that most of the existing businesses have only basic powder coating abilities.Â I wanted to be able to recreate finishes as well as Stefan has done for me in the past but with extra toughness.Â After many many hours of experimentation I feel that we are at that high level of quality and toughness.
This in the first customer bike powder coated here.Â It is single speed version of the geared mtb I built for Paul at the end of the summer. Â Â There is a previous post with a picture of that bike.Â This bike has a gloss black base powder, charcoal flames, and clear powder top coat.Â Pretty and very tough.
Pete’s touring frame has been built for a while and waiting for powder.Â This is the same powder the US military uses on their equipment.Â Â It is extremely tough.Â We tried chemically stripping a sample with no luck.Â This bike is being assembled with a Rohloff and mainly silver components.
Jay came and picked up his club bike last Friday.Â We packed up the bike for its flight home to Jordan.Â One of the concerns he had was the amount of sand blowing around in the wind.Â He will have to experiment with some different chain lubes.
I have also been working on Paul’s ti TT/road bike.Â The frame has the ti version of the S+S couplers.Â The lock nut is stainless and the couplers are made of titanium. Â
Â Paul’s frame is now ready for some finishing and cable guides.Â Most of the parts are here so it should be assembled shortly.
September 4th, 2008 Hugh
I have been building quite a few ti frames this year. I have a new shaped 3/2.5 tubeset that is perfect for road and cross bikes. The shaping adds stiffness to the frame the right places while still maintaining the supple ride ti is known for.
Here is the start of Johnny 5’s new cross bike.
It is off to Stefan now for some clear coat on the carbon rear end. When it comes back I will do the final finishing.
I also just finished a ti 29er for Aleksandar. The ti 29ers are absolutely wonderful to ride. We built this bikes around one of the Eriksen ti posts. The post softens the feedback from the rear wheel. This will be the next bike I am going to build for myself. We are still waiting for some of the parts to arrive for the final build. Here is a picture of the bike with some temporary parts.