Friday, December 16, 2011

Super KLEIN PALOMINO by BCB

We love this type of "underground" projects... Before it was our litescalpel (posted in this blog), now we have this hybrid Klein/Cndl by BCB, a funny and surprising project that started when we involved the wife of one of our customers and friends... We knew how much Robert loved his Palomino, he had put lots of miles on it, and then stored the frame in a dark and hiden corner in his garage. He couldn't sell it, of course it is not the type of things that you do with your wedding presents coming from your wife, but when a new frame came to home, he couldn't avoid to cannibalize the parts needed to assemble the new "plastic" acquisition. Has passed some years and the frame has been there all this time, the old Palomino appeared from time to time in some discussions over the table during many Sunday afterride brunches...

After "stealing" the frame with the help of Anna (Robert's wife), and decide a tight budget, we started the process to have ready the bike for a new anniversary present... Isn't it funny? the same gift in a disguise!!

We had clear what we wanted to do, so:

- Frame preparation: V-brake pivots shaved, rear disc brake mount welded instead bolted, headtube comming from a Cannondale donor frame that was broken time ago and was laying in the workshop with a thick layer of dust, new monolink coming from Maverick with bearings instead bushings, refreshed rear shock with cleaning, new oil and new seal.
- Fork: fatty ultra refurbished with a brand new cartridge (the one assembled in the broken donor frame).
- "Mission Control" XXI century :-) Cannondale steem mitered and welded to a Kore light OS handlebar.
- CK hubs on FRM tubular rims and tufos front and rear.
- Hope mini pro brakes
- 2x9 transmission (SRAM + FRM 36 cog + Stork Powerarms with Titanium White Industries spindle)
- Easton EC90 seatpost with SDG I fly titanium saddle.

Everything topped with a fantastic GATOR paint job (to me the best ever in the classic Kleins).

The nice thing here is that the whole thing was quite cheap at the end, since we had most of the parts used in the project around, and are refurbished/second hand items. The only stuff is brand new and specifically bought for the project are:

- Spokes and nipples (DT revolution and alloy nipples)
- Pedals (CB Candy)
- Saddle
- Cables and hoses
- Maverick Monolink
- FRM 36 tooth cog
- Chain
- Fresh GATOR paint

This project has come true thanks to:

- Tomas Perezagua (ALKON)
- Aimar Fraga (AMARO)
- Click&Run (Paint job)
- Maverik USA

P.S: By the way, Robert and Anna were absolutely amazed when they saw the result... Isn't it lovely?




Thursday, December 15, 2011

BCB cycling apparel

Our preparation for next season starts with a nice set of competition clothes, we are very satisfied with the result...




Mini R&T and how to prepare the children for real life

Christmas is the magic season for the children, that's why we will produce this one off mini R&T for a future mtb racer.
Hybrid carbon/steel (columbus) frame, stiff carbon fork, 1x9 speeds 24" light wheels and some more nice details.
We like the adaptative geometry that we have designed, so it is a quite suitable bike for a rider from 5 to 8 years old.


Friday, November 25, 2011

The 11 cogs and slenderness of Bellucci

When our good friend Aimar from AMARO told us that he was puting together his first 29er TIG welded by himself, we didn't doubt and joined the party... What about 1x11 transmission, campy and gripshift combination? here you have it... Easy to fall in love, enjoy!!

more here: http://www.amarobikes.com/
and here: http://amaroblog.wordpress.com/

Monday, October 03, 2011

Italian Blues (7.86 kg)

Our friend Eliflap has created a very impressive 29er rig around a Lucy fork and a lot of high end material... Very fresh!

More at: http://eliflap.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/ltk-part-7/

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interbike 2011

Fairwheel has presented an amazing 29er last Interbike, Crumptom frame, special Di2, and a lot of other interesting bits. Enjoy.

http://fairwheelbikes.com/cycling-blog/custom-bikes/crumpton-di2-mountain-bike.html

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Campagnolo Vince!!

We remember when back in the 90's Campy had mountain gruppos, those old good times!!

Yeti was supposed to race with Campagnolo on Furtado's rig, but things were wrong and japanese stuff was available in the right moment, but we are 100% nonconformist with the history, and we believe Campy deserves a much better presence in the pain, mud and dust universe. We have been waiting very long, and the hopes for things changing in the Italian palace of cycling dreams are veeeery low, in BCB we have decided a straight forward path. If Campy doesn't show interest in MTB, we do... And there are a lot of reasons for this that we explain later on.

Oooops!!!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

R&T has got a plush front end...

We are puting miles on the frame, and decided also to increase the speed downhilling, so a lefty is a must and the dust is taking ages to come back to the ground after the Cat treads the trail.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The cat watches you

Minor details make the difference. Aesthetic combined with the small things that we all wish but don't confess (BB30, PM, tapered headset)


Po' boy workshop...

Gluing carbon tubes into titanium lugs... Alignment checked

The genesis

Everithing starts after the design is ok... the frame construction is the first step, cutting, grinding, brushing, TIG welding, gluing, riveting, drilling, painting, all the processes neded for a R&T frame (not in right order thought)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The cat is ramblin' and tumblin'

Radical racing geometry, that's the key issue of our 29er HT project. Combined with our Lucy fork it will put any peak under your tires faster than ever you have experienced. Each frame will be handcrafted to the highest end standard with some customer choices...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The final result

The ones waiting are desperated, I know it... Judge if it is worthing.












Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hybrid Lacing System (Black Magic Spokes)

We are one step further on our own concept for a complete wheelset, after some tests and lacing few wheels, we will get some more conclusions on the behaviour and reliability of the design. The stiffness looks superb and that will allow us to decrease the number of spokes in the wheelset, probably it will be possible 24 spokes for 26er and 28 spokes for 29er. We like the 24 spokes option because that will allow us for a specific lacing patern that will enhance the properties of our Hybrid Lacing System. Black Magic Mama!!



Vinyl test report


They are working nice at the moment, just adding miles...

Greetings.









Sunday, April 24, 2011

Carbon flex pivot "air moulding" (aka mouldless process)

Our friend David got broken his Yeti 575 frame. One of the carbon flex pivots showed a deep crack transversal to the seatstay, only a thin carbon layer remained intact but it was very close to split apart the pivot. We decided to try a fast reparation via "air moulding" a new flex pivot. The process starts by cutting and preparing the original one, then a small piece of UD carbon sheet is bonded, the carbon fiber is arranged lengthwise to take the flexion stresses once in service. Some extra carbon properly layed up and the new flex pivot is refurbished and ready to be reattached to the frame.