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2/1/2011 9:36 AM

Here's a new bike from some Swiss dudes making their own bikes. Your thoughts?

http://www.rennshop.ch/index.asp?Language=DE&page=riders

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Personally, I'm all for people doing their own thing and would love to see more of things like this!

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2/2/2011 7:54 AM

Burly & curvy! I like it!

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2/2/2011 9:01 AM

Just needs a badass fender!

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2/2/2011 9:44 AM

Wish they had shots of the linkage... curious about how well the suspension works, it looks like a nice compact and probably pretty stiff design...

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2/2/2011 10:05 AM

how did yo make the down tube... i'm trying to figure it out, but can't without super nice machinery...

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2/2/2011 10:24 AM

The downtube isn´t hydroformed, it´s bent, just like the rest of the tubing. No huge tricks and expensive machinery (in a relative sense) here, just good craftsmanship. Am I wrong with suspecting that that´s a VPP design? The amount of metal below the BB does hint at another pivot down there. Looks pretty light aswell.

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2/2/2011 10:40 AM

I too make my own frames. Not so much to come up with the latest and greatest suspension design, but because I'm two meters tall. That's 6'7". I always used to buy Large or XL frames, but they were never quite long enough in front and usually had too much standover for proper shreading. Then I learned to weld steel at work and started making my own. First I made a hardtail based on the geometry of my large Chameleon frame, but with a longer front end, steeper head angle and 15" chainstays. I dented that at the Fun Spot and made another out of a damaged prototype Solid Bikes MTB frame. I cut off the front end, rotated the rear triangle forward to lower the BB and made an even longer and steeper front end. Next, I made a front end for my old school Bullet that looks the same, but with the length of an XL and the standover of a small. I also moved the main pivot up the downtube to shorten the chainstays to 16.5" for quick handling in the tight stuff. It also helps it pedal more like a hardtail. For my most recent and favorite bike, I initially bought a used SWD which was misrepresented as a ridable bike but turned out to be one of a batch with wack geometry that should never have seen the light of day. Thanks Justin! So i made my own front end with the help of Hank Mathison at SWD. That bike was killer, but a bit heavy with the steel swingarm, so I acquired a Bullet 2 rear end in a trade and milled out my front end to accept the BB style pivot thanks to Todd at Black Cat. As it sits now it has very Euro/ My crazy geometry with a 62.5 degre HA, 13 5/8" BB, 16.25" chainstays, 27.5" downtube, and gets 9.5" of travel. I'm new to computers and hand draw all my frames, so I don't yet know how to send pictures, but I'll post them when I figure that out.

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2/2/2011 4:11 PM

that thing is bad to the bone

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2/2/2011 6:55 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/2/2011 6:57 PM

check this out, German company by the name of Leak Cycles
would love to shred one of these bad boys

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facebook page right here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LeakCyles/147124732004044

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two wheels, one love.

2/2/2011 9:10 PM

That's pretty rad. They need to work on cable routing (see area under bottom bracket).

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2/4/2011 8:26 AM

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2/4/2011 8:34 AM

Interesting. Looks like they share a similar linkage design.

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2/10/2011 9:00 AM

It's his latest bike. He started with frame building about 8 or 9 years ago. Always just making the frames for himself and some good friends. No commercial use, just bikes meant to be ridden hard!
He started out with a single pivot bike back in the days. The one you see on the picture, as one guy suggested correctly, is a VPP design.
I saw the frame being finished and had a short sit on it while the frame was still hot back in December, felt really nice. Unfortunately no riding report since I had to leave back to Taiwan after X-Mas again.

The guy's a great downhill racer, riding on the bikes he built! Search for Bjoern Aeschlimann. This is real mountain biking spirit!

Cheers

Tineler

P.S. Check out the www.rennshop.ch website for a lot of other cool stuff as well. Some real good guys are involved in the site, the actual real shop behind the site, and the frame builder

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