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Spanner’s Love You Long Time by XACD

And number two rolls off the production line:


Based on this drawing:

'Love You Long Time'; Oh dear...

'Love You Long Time'; Oh dear...

This time I’d been reading up about the latest hardtail thinking around geometry and tube sizes. It’s got a much more contemporary spec to it which has sorted the handling. Compared to Ti-Bride the top and down tubes are larger diameter and the head and seat angles are slacker. Most importantly with a 120mm fork the static head angle is 68 degrees which has sorted the front end feel with a 70mm stem.

The whole chassis has been stiffened up with a nice large ‘boom-tube’ down tube and dodgy gizmos like crud catcher bosses and down tube gussets have been binned.

One thing that really makes me itch for getting another frame built though is the weight – 3.75lbs is getting a little porky for a ti frame and it’s going for the larger diameter tubing that’s to blame. Most frames can get down to around 3.5lbs and I need to make sure I spec double butted tubing for the top and down tube next time. There’s also weight to come out of the head tube and maybe even the bottom bracket shell.

I might take the chance to re-route the cables too. I’m starting to think that the top of the tube routing looks a little rough, although I like the direct routing that doesn’t rub on the tubing. Having seen Olivier’s plans for his bike I’m interested in getting some logo’s polished into the frame and maybe even going for a cnc’d logo on the head tube!

Watch this space as they say… (well, let’s wait for the pound to recover a bit first eh?).