Yes, another Steve Potts made frame. This time under the Wilderness Trail Bikes badge as a revered Phoenix. It's pretty much known that the Phoenix is one of the best riding mountain bike frames on the trails. It's always been my goal to make a frame I design disappear beneath the rider. A frame that requires no super-conscious effort to pilot. The Phoenix does exactly that.
This is an early 1" steerer tube Phoenix that's been repainted. It's purpose is to be a rider - a real, daily rider. Back when the Phoenix was offered, an option on the frame was for a press-in, Grease Guard™ bottom bracket. I know most shops would look at the frame's bottom bracket and say "hey, there's no threads here, you're frame is ruined." I know that the threads were blown out with a purpose-made reamer that allows a 6003 bearing with a 17mm diameter axle to be pressed in place. The tell-tale tiny hole drilled into the bb shell approximately 7mm inboard tell me that Grease Guard™ bearings were installed into the frame at one time. The difference between a standard 6003 bearing and a GG bearing is that the GG bearing had a groove machined into the outer race that allowed grease injected through the holed drilled into the frame to fill the bearing and purge out old grease, thereby prolonging the life of the bearings. The system worked. It worked real good.
However, Grease Guard™ bearings are no longer available, so a standard 6003 Enduro bearing was called into duty and pressed into the frame with a Phil Wood axle. It's a great system. The 6003 bearings are large and support the bearing very well. With all of today's large diameter axle, thin PF bearings that creak and don't last even a ride season, the old 6003 system that was also used by Klein is a smart design. I'm a fan.
Ready to ride
An old set of Klein bottom bracket tools was called into service to install the bearings and axle.
You can see that the threads have been reamed out.
Ready to go!
(What's playing: "Living Famously" - Keith Moon)