Here is a screen image of a custom '06 Gate Slammer dual slalom frame design. For 2006, the Gate Slammer receives some fine tuning of the front end geometry to accommodate the new Fox 36 RC2 fork. One of these frames is in progress so stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
Reynolds recently introduced a new, high strength stainless steel in conjunction with Carpenter Alloys - it's called 953. HTo compete with titanium and carbon fiber, 953 may be the answer...here is a quote from Reynolds:
"Benefits: Ultra strong steel, with the advantage of a stainless finish for maximum weight reduction from very thin walls. And the legendary ride of steel."
I just placed my first order - expensive - and it should arrive in February '06. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available from Reynolds.
Posted by Mike Ahrens at 8:15 PM
The rear dropouts have been weight reduced for 2006 - note the extra pocketing on the non-drive side. The rear hanger is replaceable via (1) chainring bolt. To improve manufacturing time, vent holes for welding are machined right into the dropout.
Posted by Mike Ahrens at 11:25 AM
Both chainstays and seatstays use the same rectangular tubing (3/4" wide x 1" tall) for superior rear wheel tracking. The upper and lower yokes are hollowed out for weight savings.....they are also profiled radially on each side to add torsional compliance while riding.
Posted by Mike Ahrens at 11:21 AM
Looking for a bike that is light and nimble? Customers have told me that this frame rides like a steel bike with the weight of an aluminum bike - sweet! Here is a screen capture of the 2006 APEX aluminum hardtail - the frame is made from Easton 7005 Ultralite tubing and the rear triangle has custom CNC machined dropouts and yokes. Cabe routing is disc-specific.
Posted by Mike Ahrens at 11:16 AM
Here is a photo of Icy's Magic Racer hardtail. Each tube was hand picked for his riding style - FAST - and physical dimensions. The front triangle consists of True Temper S3 (Super Strong Steel) tubing, chainstays are Tange Prestige and wishbone seatstays are Dedacciai. Final frame weight ~3.6 lbs -----unbelievable for all steel construction! Laser blue powdercoat by Sycip guarantees a nearly flawless finish.
Posted by Mike Ahrens at 8:32 AM