Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wolfgang's 36er: first look

No time to write up a long-winded explanation of everything here, but this has been another complicated one.

-Internal cable routing. I dislike this in general, because I don't like drilling holes in tubes just to make things pretty, but Wolfgang *really* wanted it, so I used some super-beefy straightgauge and brazed in some brass tubing.
-Cut/weld bends in the seat tube and seatstays. This was pretty much mandatory to keep the tire clearance acceptable as well as providing some room for the knees when pedaling. Labor intensive but hopefully worth it.
-83mm BB shell for tire clearance reasons. This is something I am making mandatory on any future 36ers (hear that, Brad?) because a 73mm shell simply doesn't allow the combination of short (500mm!) stays and decent tire clearance that I like to have. With an 83mm shell, I can use stock (Nova Mad Max) chainstays and dropouts, rather than having to resort to making them from straightgauge (hard to do, mediocre end result). Interestingly enough, I'll be brazing on some rings on the BB to allow it to be chamfered for a Schlumpf drive system.

-The extra head tube extending below the downtube will be cut down - my fixture does not allow me to set the head tube height high enough for most 36ers, so I leave the head tube extra long to make up the extra distance, then cut it down and face it at the end of the process.


hassan rising said...

you must have cleaned the shop! Nice work.

ps. i'm taking my word verification (JaCycl) to be an omen. My achilleses will heal and allow me to ride again!

Walt said...

Ja! Cycle! Das ist gut! Hurry up with the art-thingies, I am late to see Kraftwerk!

The shop was way full of crap because our building was being painted, so everything stored outside had to come in. Ugh. It sucked.

Anonymous said...

(With apologies to Mr. Guthrie)

..and if your in a situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into the custom frame builder wherever you are ,just walk in say "Builder, I want a 36er.". And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both idiots and they won't take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in askin' for a 36er and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in wantin' to ride 36ers and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.

You can get anything you want, at Waltworks Bicycles.


Walt said...

Marcus, you crack me up!

I must admit that I am surprised to be building a second 36er in a row, and that I will have soon built three.

And I am ashamed to admit that if I had room, I would build one for myself.

Watch out, 29ers...

dicky said...


You're getting all the quirks worked out on these things, these things that I wanted so badly two years ago, but now my funding is gone. One of these days....

I want to run over British children.

Anonymous said...

Hallo, hier ist Wolfgang.
Walt, you wrote:Marcus, you crack me up!....
Ja, Walt hat recht.
Mich regen solche dummen Aussagen auch auf.
Ich suchte ein Jahr lang nach einen Rahmenbauer und fand Gott sei Dank Walt. Dann wartete ich 6 Monate und jetzt freue ich mich schon auf mei 36er Rad.
Mir geht es dabei nicht um nachmachen oder um Sinn, mir geht es nur um meinen Spaß.
Fresst Scheiße! Milliarden Fliegen können nicht irren!

Hassan said...

ah, walt?

maybe my german's super rusty, but my read of Wolfgang's closing remarks lead me to believe that he is going to use this bike for evil.

I mean who rides bikes so that they can devour shit and unleash lots of flies?

Best send him that unicylce that's hanging in back of the garage.

Anonymous said...


Ich glaube, dass Sie das erste 36er in Europa vielleicht haben können. Herzliches Willkommen zur verrückten Verein :)


wv: malidali

Walt said...

It's German for "the Bart, the".

Anonymous said...

yes, i will use the bike for evil ...

und wenn nochmals jemand böse über ein 36er schreibt, dann poste ich nur noch in deutsch. aber in österreichischen dialekt. servus.

Mike said...

I think it might be time to add 36er to the list of bikes you build on the main page of your site. I wouldn't want you to lose out on potential business.

Margo said...

Dude you build a lot of weird, interesting shit and, therefore, I am jealous. Sorry we missed in SF. Weddings are crazy. Next time!

Walt said...

Margo -

I feel bad, but we were only there for about 36 hours and it was all wedding, all the time (when I wasn't shitfaced, that is). We will hopefully be down there for a longer period of time this fall/winter to hang out and we will, um, get shitfaced! Or, have a beer or two and be civilized. Your call.

steve garro said...

hey, walt - you just need one 6mm braze on for a schlumf - it will work better, ask me any Q's about schlumpfs, I have/use four for years - Garro.

Walt said...

Steve -

Rad! I'll give you a call today.