Introducing: The NFD

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NFD

National Forest Development roads are used to access our wilderness spaces and are often found in very wild and unkempt conditions that require a sturdy and reliable vehicle.  My NFD was developed with these roads as inspiration for discovery and adventure well off the beaten path.  Built for the B+ format tires for sure-footed and comfy travel.

I don’t know about you, but the size of these tires looks spot on.  Then there’s the luggage, expertly crafted by Porcelain Rocket.  The Alfine 501 8 speed rear hub and the Son generator hub wired to the B&M Luxos U for charging capabilities.  Me? I may just go out on this beast and never return.  Somebody feed my animals for me?

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The frame is designed for backpacking, unapologetically.  The suspension exists in the 27.5 x 3.25″ tires and will not fit a suspension fork.  It is also designed around a PF30 BB to give options to run that BB, an eccentric for single or internal geared drivetrain, or Shimano 24mm with the right adapter.

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Now through the end of the year, I’m offering special pricing on pre-orders.  Frame, Fork and amazing luggage from Porcelain Rocket all for the low-low price of $1850.  (pricing goes up on Jan 1)  Framesets are going into production in January and February and should ship out in Spring.  Get at me with any questions  503-233-8783 or use the contact form below.

3x sizes to choose from, S, M and L.  I’ll get measurements up soon after a little BETA testing.

I’d love to build these up in rideable bikes for all of you, so don’t hesitate to start the conversation about complete builds.

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Summer/Fall

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Around here, Summer wants to cling on to every last breath.  At least in the air.  Meanwhile Autumn is creeping in and the plant life is beginning to give into its charms.  I love exploring around Mt Hood at this time of year, especially on the dryer East side.  Soon the rains will give way to the snow making these roads and routes impassable, so in spite of being super busy wrapping up projects, I snuck out early one morning to do some exploring.  It left me wanting for more, which is perfect some times.  Enjoy the pics…

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OR Outback

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There’s been a lot of buzz about the initial running of the Oregon Outback, a route schemed up by the fine folks at VeloDirt.  The route traverses the central part of Oregon, from the south in Klamath Falls to the North in Deschutes River State Rec Area.  360 plus miles, 75% plus gravel, and about 18000′ of elevation.  There’s the added challenge of long, remote stretches with no resupply and no water, treatable or otherwise.  Planning is critical to success as well as maintaining a positive attitude.

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I’m anxiously awaiting next year’s running.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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We’re rebuilding the site soon.  In the meantime check us out on FLICKR or INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK.

Some quick info tho:

Custom frame and forks start at $2900 and are only available in complete builds.

CF Project rando Framesets start at $3200

FaTRoB  frame and fork in stock 650b sizes $1950

NFD- $TBD

please don’t hesitate to get in touch below or phone me at 503-233-8783

Musings on the Oregon Outback


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I’ve sat down several times to write about my experiences during the Oregon Outback and every time, I feel like words have fallen short of the experience.  Instead of talking about what the Outback was, I want instead to write about how it affected me, my approach to design and ideas of how a bike should handle situations and what limits the designs inevitably will have.

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I rode my FaTRoB prototype during the Outback and I loved it.  Every time I get on the bike, I can’t help but smile at how much fun it is, how it handles and how I love the build.  It’s a great rig that has versatility built into it from its ability to shod wide tires to the open frame design to fit a good sized partial frame bag in it with full size water bottles, at least in my 56×56 sized 650b machine.  I’d absolutely do the route again on the same bike, but it got me to thinking about something different and more capable of handling the rougher sections of this route and doing other routes like the AZT or the CDT or such, and how I might want to go on even more remote, single and rougher double track and how wider tires and Hydro disc brakes might be an improvement.  There are points on the Outback where the limits of a 1.75″ (45mm) tire are realized.  A bigger volume tire would’ve been nice to offer more float and suspension in a particular section of soft pumice road that many participants called lovingly “red sauce”.

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When the roads get rough, the bikepacking style of touring is the way to go.  Rackless luggage is a far superior way to carry a load through these rough conditions, leaving such a neutral effect on the handling of the bike.  I grew up riding MTB and doing some camping and backpacking.  I can’t believe that I haven’t combined them all before.  It’s kinda the best.  Low to no volume roads to ride, the joys of being in a remote place, as well the camping and cooking over an alcohol stove or camp fire.  I feel very much in my element here.

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Let’s get one thing straight; if I were trying to race Ira Ryan and Jan Heine, the FaTRoB would’ve been the bike of choice.  But, I don’t have any desire to race. I want to enjoy the experience along the way.  I’m OK to dig deep on occasion and to suffer a bit.  Cycling  just is that way sometimes.  But I’d still like to stop and cook, or make coffee, or take some photos, or drink a beer, or take a dip in cool waters on a hot day and not really worry so much about the timeline.  So its with this in mind that I’m designing a steed worthy of handling super rough conditions and carry a load for camping (I’ll discuss those details in another post) and doesn’t hold you back from handling those 100+ mile days.  Check in on the page “NFD” in a bit to see what I’ve come up with, but in a nutshell, its a bikepacking rig suitable for something like the Tour Divide or a couple weeks on the Idaho Hot Springs MTB Route, or the like.

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The NFD will be a mid-fat, 650 B+ with geometry to handle rough stuff  and long days in the saddle combined with the ability to shod super wide 3.25 tires and disc brakes and integrated luggage from Porcelain Rocket.  Suitable for an IGH or conventional drive-train and even the ability to use a belt drive system.  A back roads bike to take out where there aren’t really roads.

I’ll have further details of the NFD up this fall, so stay tuned.

SF and beyond.

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I’ve been spending some time in the Bay Area this week and getting my last bit of legs for the Oregon Outback and spending some much needed time with my lovely wife.

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Tuesday I was able to ride with the Rapha folks up the tough part of Diablo to their mobile club and watch a bit of the ATOC. The heat got to me that day, and I had a tough time towards the end, but fun was had regardless.

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Not really much to report beyond that, other than amazing weather and good times, so here’s some shots from the first part of this week.

 

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