A lot of good progress has been made on the Falconer Cycles made Black Mountain Cycles cross frames. One of the more difficult aspects of producing a frame that has clearance for low q-factor cranks and clearance for fat tires is the chainstay shape. Easy to design one. Not so easy as one would think to produce. However, between a few pretty smart guys including Sean at Soulcraft, Cameron Falconer, and myself (I'll throw myself in the mix just because), a design for a clean looking S-bend chainstay that has clearance for any 50/34 compact road crank, including Campagnolo and Shimano Dura Ace, Ultegra, or 105, and Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road tires.
The sample fork was also powder coated to make sure the color was proper. There are several "International Orange" shades and the Golden Gate bridge color is different that some of the other shades. This is what we came up with and I like it. It's definitely more pumpkin/brown than the orange on the current frames. The powder coat is a bit thick on the crown. Crowns like this are a tough job to get the powder thin enough for crisp edges while still coating everything within the crown's cavity. Our goal is to have the powder be a bit thinner than this sample so the edges of the crown are a bit more defined.
The sample frame should be ready this week and powder coated soon after. Stay tuned. Additionally, there are still spots available to pick yourself up one of these in size 56cm, 59cm, or 62cm. About half are spoken for. If you want one, get in touch with me soon.
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