Colors. I've spent a lot of time in meetings trying to decide colors for an entire production year of frames. Production runs of 10,000, 20,000 of an individual model. It's the same process choosing colors for runs of 50 frames: who's the customer, what colors are in style, what colors will be in style in one year, and then pick something you can live with for the next year.
Or you throw the dice and hope it works out. In the case of the first run of cross frames, I picked the brown/root beer and orange. In the first production, orange kicked root beer's ass, but root beer came back strong. Strong enough that now that I have more orange frames and new gray frames coming folks are saying they really like the root beer. Maybe it'll be back with the third production run.
Orange and gray. Those are the colors of the frames that were shipped from Taiwan just four days ago. I'm anticipating mid-December arrival. Geometry is unchanged. Ride quality and specifications are the same. Price is unchanged at $595. There are a couple of minor revisions: seatstay braze-ons for rack mounting, dedicated 130mm rear hub spacing, reinforced machined headtube, and a 65cm frame size in addition to the 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, and 62cm frames. Because of the larger size on the 65, I increased the tubing wall thickness of the top and down tubes to 0.9/0.6/0.9 and because of that change, the frame isn't heat-treated which will mean that the 65 will be priced $50 less than the other heat-treated sizes at $545.
As I get more details on arrival, I'll post it here. For now, here are a couple of teaser shots for the gray and orange. Thanks for reading.
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