Sunday, July 27, 2014

More from George

My customers are starting to anger me with all their fun riding photos... but a newborn daughter is a pretty ok trade for less riding time for a while, I think!

Flagstaff sure is a nice place!

Only 189 miles? You shoulda stopped by!

Aspens make me happy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Learn to Build a Frame with Framebuilding Classes at Waltworks World HQ

Yes, I've decided I finally have enough shop space and live in a cool enough place that people might want to come visit and have me help them build their own bike.

So, what's the deal, you say?

-I'll be teaching a very limited number of one-on-one, one week long classes. That's right, one student at a time, Monday through Friday. In rare cases I will consider doing a 2-student lesson if you have a friend who wants to do it at the same time.

-We'll collaboratively design your new bike using BikeCAD pro (you'll have unlimited use of the program during your one week class, but if you want to continue using it after that, you'll need to purchase a license from the fine folks at Bicycle Forest). As many of you know, I'm a huge geometry and fit geek - so you'll get to pick my brain and learn all about how I do a bike design, talk through tradeoffs of every variable, and figure out your ideal geometry/wheel size/componentry.

-You'll be given full use of the WW shop machines and tools and my undivided attention to help you operate them. The course fee includes all materials (S&S couplers are an additional $400) needed to complete your frame and I guarantee that you will leave with a rideable and safe frame (this may mean I have to do some aspects of the construction myself if you're having a lot of trouble). You will also have as much practice time and material as you'd like to learn to TIG weld or braze.

-I'll be offering 2 pricing options (prices will rise by $200/$500 after January 2015 - this is introductory pricing since I'll still be working out the kinks of how best to instruct students in various framebuilding techniques and hence you'll be a bit of a guinea pig):

Option 1: $1800 - Fly on the Wall. This is the watch-and-learn but no actual building option. If you've always wanted to see how I build a frame but don't want to actually do it yourself, come hang out and watch me build yours!

-In your spare time, enjoy our 500+ miles of singletrack, right out the back door (or, in the winter, the 7 ski resorts within a 30 minute drive). Park City is the only IMBA gold-level ride center in the world and you can make great riding vacation out of your trip. I'm happy to provide info on local trails and yes, I want to ride with you!
-Build your bike up and ride it when it's still warm from the torch (ok, that's an exaggeration). But if you're interested in test riding your bike before it even gets powdercoated, we'll order parts in advance and assemble so you can test ride right here in UT.
-Super excited about building after watching for a few hours? Upgrade at any time to:

Option 2: $2200 - You Build It, Walt Helps. This is the real business - you do it all, and I provide as much help/instruction/encouragement as it takes to make sure you end up with a great frame. Be ready to work hard!
-All materials included. If you blow a hole in a tube, I'll hand you another one, no problem. Need weird dropouts or unusual BB shell or a curved tube? Again, it's all included with the exception of couplers (if you want them). 880t or ER70 welding rod, silver brazing wire, flux, argon - it's all included.
-Build anything you want. Dirt jumper? Crazy slack/short 29er? 650b? 36er? Time trial bike? Fattie? We can do any size of seatpost/dropper, any fork, curve tubes, do any unusual geometry or use any unusual component. The world is your oyster. Tandems and full suspension bikes cost extra, though!

-Learn the basics of TIG, fillet brazing, and lug work (or just one) and practice as much as you'd like on my professional level equipment. Unlimited practice scrap/tubing is available for your use/destruction.
-If you're really struggling, I will step in and help you finish any task necessary so that your bike ends up safe and fun.
-Just as with Option 1, you'll be in mountain bike heaven and have time to ride. We can assemble your new bike for a test ride or two while you're here as well as long as we order parts in advance.
-In some cases I will ask you to do "homework" before arriving to familiarize yourself with some basic movements for welding.

What's NOT included?

-Transportation to Park City. We're only 25 minutes from the SLC international airport so flying is easy. Or you could make a road trip out of it. Within the Park City area, there is an extensive network of bike paths and a free bus system - so it's up to you whether you'll want to rent a car.
-Lodging. There are great deals in the summer, in winter it'll be a little pricier. During mud season (April/May) it's practically free (and yes, there's riding that is dry by then).
-Parts to assemble your bike. You are welcome to salvage and bring your own used stuff, or you can take advantage of my super-smoking parts deals and buy them from me.
-Fork building instruction. If you'd like to build a rigid fork as well please contact me to discuss - this will cost extra money and take extra time unless you are a very quick study.
-Loaner bikes/skis. If my bikes fit you (not bloody likely, I'm shaped like a T-rex, but you never know) you are welcome to borrow them. It's more likely that you'll need to bring your own or rent if you want to ride in your free time before your frame is done. Same story with skis (got a size 45 foot and like skate skiing? You're in luck. Otherwise, not so much).
-Warranty. If you're building it yourself, I will do my best to help you make a safe, long-lasting frame - but it won't be a Waltworks (it'll be a yournamehereworks) and as such you won't get any warranty protection if something breaks.
-Decals. A one-color powdercoat is included in the price, but decals and graphics are not. I can put you in touch with expert decal folks, or you can have any number of online services make you some vinyl decals if you'd like.
-Shipping. If you choose to have the frame powdercoated here, you'll need to pay to have it shipped to you when it's done (or come pick it up).

Ok, I want to do it! How do I get on the schedule?

-I'm not going to do set dates - instead I will schedule students on a case by case basis. If you're interested in what times might work, please email or call me to discuss.
-A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to schedule your framebuilding week. If we've agreed on dates and you need to make a change or delay your visit, that's fine, but I won't be able to guarantee when I can fit you in again.
-I reserve the right to end a lesson early (with no refund) if you are endangering yourself or others with the equipment (the usual shop rules apply - safety glasses, tie back long hair, no loose clothing, etc). This also means that once a beer gets opened - no more metal work for the day. Many of the machines in my shop can maim or kill you, and I will insist that you follow my instructions regarding using them safely.
-If a friend wants to stop by to see what you are doing, that's great, but you can't get a two-fer by just having someone bum around while we're working - I'll charge extra for extra students on a case-by-case basis. The shop is really not big enough for crowds of people so I'll generally insist on one-on-one instruction.

Ready to commit? Hit the button to put down your deposit, or call/email me for other payment options (you can change your mind about which option you want at any time, so if you're not sure, don't worry about figuring it out immediately). 

Choose your adventure:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pics and words from Rodney

Finally together after Rodney received his bike just before having to leave the country for a few months for business. He writes:

Thanks for the amazing bike. It's exceeding my expectations for sure. I thought I was crazy buying another rigid, but I can't get over how smooth it rides. I thought the thin fork blades I went with would have brake chatter issues, but man is it solid and somehow still so resilient. No more numb hands and fatigued arms! That is one thing I can't get over. Pure magic.
Handling is so spot on and predictable. It's just been a blast.
Awesome room in back for the 2.4s on 35 mm wide rims. No heel strikes either! The curved fork, seat stays, down tube and seat tube are sexy as hell.
Bike came in at 20 lb 13 oz!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lance - done, plus geometry geek-out

Lance wanted to hit his local (twisty, tight midwest ST) as well as use this bike for gravel races and the occasional more-techy cross race. So we had to try to cram in a decent sized tire along with a 36t chainring - no easy task.

-71.5 degree HTA, 44mm offset fork for 79mm trail and 635mm front center.
-41cm chainstays - to run a tire bigger than 2.1 or so, Lance will have to pull the sliders back a centimeter or two. That's the tradeoff when you want a pretty big chainring and short stays.
-315mm/12.2" BB height.
-Built for a 100mm fork, 27.2 post (Lance probably won't ever run a dropper for what he's going to ride), and 1x or SS drivetrain.
-Dropout inserts shown are just dummies, Lance will run a 142x12 axle on this bike.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pics from Jay and Steve, and Sarah is sick

I am hoping to do some work tomorrow and later in the week but Sarah is laid up sick and with a newborn and a 2 year old in the house... it might not be much! Just FYI, for those folks who are patiently tracking my progress down the waitlist.

Thanks to Jay and Steve for the pics.

New wave short stays and slack/big travel rig

Old school! We need some bar ends to really complete the look...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Photos from George

Not much to say for now, babies are a lot of work! Thanks to George for the pictures! Short and slack FTW - "I've gotta say that you nailed it!! The ride is ultra sweet!   It feels smoother than my Ti bike. Frame really soaks up trail vibration. First ride was on some of the rockiest trail around here, and it felt smooth as silk. I'm also impressed with the acceleration. It really moves out, and feels quite stable on downhills."

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Jones Pass w/Luis

13k feet at the high point on this badass ride... makes the Wasatch seem pretty puny, given that our "epic" rides top out around 10k.

Thanks to Luis for the pic.