Including Enve 2.0/cross Fork, Sram BB30 Bearing set, Chris King or Cane Creek 110 Headset and Ritchey Seatmast Topper.
I’m known for working with the latest steel tubes, the thinnest tubes, radical alloys and hard to work with material, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve taken on carbon. Up until 1997 I built exclusively with steel. As titanium materials were developed and it gained acceptance by cyclists I started offering it as another choice. Now Carbon frames have become popular and offer properties that many cyclists value, so I decided to offer it too. I’ve been working over the last three years developing processes, tooling, testing and prototyping.
When I started to look into building carbon frames I was lucky enough to have several outstanding resources. I contacted Nick Crumpton because he was the Framebuilder that had innovated the building process that I wanted to use. Nick has been making some of the finest custom carbon frames on the market and is also a pal. Fortunately Nick was very generous and open with his knowledge and processes and he spent many hours of his time over the phone and email sharing his methods and resources as well as his trials and tribulations and he still does to this day.
Probably the luckiest thing that happened to me was that Jared Nelson moved to town (about 2 blocks from my shop) right about the time I was starting to work with carbon fiber. Jared currently runs a composites consulting firm called JW Engineering jdubengineering.com. He holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working towards a PhD, both focusing on advanced composites. For over 15 years Jared has been working with composites in the bike industry for companies including Seven Cycles and McLean Quality Composites (MQC). MQC, along with supplying many frame companies is the parent company to Reynolds Composites and the former employer of many current employees at Enve Composites. Jared brings a ton of hands-on and design experience from working directly with these materials in the composites industry. Over the last two years Jared and I have worked side by side and spent many long days and weekends developing tooling, processes and testsing for my carbon fiber frames.
If you would like to learn more about how we build custom carbon fiber frames click the link below for a tour of the carbon framebuilding process.