Thursday, October 29, 2015

Road Frame Changes - And A Surprise

Along with the changes in the monster cross frames, the road frame also got refreshed for this third run of frames.  Like the monster cross frame, the sizing has been revised to 2cm jumps between sizes from 52cm up to 62cm.  Again, no 50cm frame because sales haven't warranted keeping this size and I do have 50cm road frames still in stock.  Geometry at the bottom of this post.

So, what's changed?  The big one is the graphics.  Over this last summer, I had one of those spontaneous what if ideas.  What if I could create a graphic package in tribute to my all time favorite road frame - the orange Eddy Merckx with the blue panel graphic.  As chance would have it, while I was working on this, an orange Merckx showed up in the shop for work.  While that bike was here, I used it to get the correct orange nailed down.  There's a lot of information on the interwebs saying this or that orange is the match.  Turns out that RAL 2011 is really freakin' close - way closer than those who say RAL 2000 is the match.  

The other change is to a flat fork crown from the previous sloping style.  I also changed the fork offsets by increasing them a bit.  I experimented with longer offsets over the summer.  While I didn't really notice any difference in handling (it still handled great), I have had folks say they didn't care for toe overlap when running fenders.  This will help get a bit more clearance.  

This is the bike that is the inspiration for the new look.  Owned by Giro's Eric Richter - aka @blacksocks on Instagram.  Pretty much my favorite looking road bike of all time.

This is the graphic treatment Ken Prosser of Kenji Designs came up with based on my chicken scratch sketches.  It's not exact and it's not meant to be.  
And what's a Merckx themed tribute bike without a Molteni themed kit?  Ken came up with this and Frank Strack from Velominati okayed the use of "Obey The Rules" and sent down the art for the graphic on the pocket.  Kits will be available in early December (s/s and l/s jerseys, bib and std. shorts).  Info on pricing and sizes/styles for the kits will be available soon.  


(What's playing:  They Might Be Giants Particle Man)

10 comments:

Jim Stahl said...

I may have to get a 62! Beautiful!

laffeaux said...

I like the jersey a lot!! I'll be ordering one of those for sure.

Aaron Holmes said...

Nice work on the jersey, it looks great!

Joe said...

Looks great I may have to get a 60 cm. I size up right between the old 59 and the 62 and am about spot on for the new 60.

Paul Shin said...

Would asking for a 3rd water bottle mount under the DT be out of the question? On either of the frames (or both). This bike screams gravel machine to me, so it would be great to have another place for a bottle for those long grinds.

blackmountaincycles said...

Paul, the cross frame is getting a 3rd bottle mounting, but not the road frame. Maybe in the future.

Matias said...

That 62cm road frame has my attention. Will it accept short reach brakes?

Mike Pailliotet said...

you need to put your mug shot on the head tube ..

blackmountaincycles said...

Matias - the brake requirement on the road frame is still long reach calipers so it can fit up to 33mm tires.

plotch said...

Oh, Mike! Now you've done it. This new road bike design might be too much to resist.
If the timing is right, a 56 might have to stay on Taiwan.