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Custom Project: Right Part 4

December 14th, 2011



*** The Final Update of Project Right has been posted.

Part 4 of Project Right.  The frame is coming along nicely, not done, but lots of progress.  The rear hub is finished.  3 steel pins were placed between the axle and the carrier to transmit the torque and an endcap holds the whole thing in the frame.  The hub is polished and ready to go to anodizing.   Also the extremely heavy 500+gram Phil Wood belt freewheel has been trimmed by more than 100 grams of unecessary weight.


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Custom Project: Right Part 3

December 7th, 2011



*** The Final Update of Project Right has been posted.

Just another quick update on this NAHBS project.  The rear end is coming along nicely.  Rob had this to say, “Jigging the back end of this thing is tricky. With a regular frame the stays are triangulated, and thus don’t move during the brazing process. With the mono-stay I have to keep the stay from moving with the heat, and ensure the ‘dropout’ remains perfectly in plane with the bottom bracket shell.

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Project: Right Part 2

December 2nd, 2011


174 grams and will get lighter still.

*** The Final Update of Project Right has been posted.

Time for another quick update on Project Right.  Part one can be found here.  Frame builder Rob English has continued machining on the hub, which now is almost completely finished, it’s needing just some polishing, spoke holes, splines and anodizing.  I think an interesting point is the non-conventional look and design of the rear hub.   As you can see the rear hub is not terribly heavy at 174 grams, and will still get a bit lighter.  Also shown is a selection of frame tubes to be used.  Read more

Custom Project: Right

November 28th, 2011



*** The Final Update of Project Right has been posted.

A big part of what we do here at Fair Wheel involves building one off custom projects.  Not long ago, I realized that we’ve never chronicled a project start to finish.  The timing of this realization was pretty good because we are just starting a new and very custom project.  Project: Right.  Eventually the name will make more sense, but since we don’t want to give anything away we won’t be talking about or showing anything that isn’t done.  We’ll definitely make sure to share progress as it moves along.  Those of you that know me, know that I really enjoy these project bikes, the only thing that could make them even more fun is working on them with someone who enjoys them as much as I do.  One of the few people who fits that description and shares my enjoyment of doing things different is frame builder Rob English from English CyclesRead more

Fair Wheel Custom Wheel Program

November 24th, 2011


A pair of Park Master Truing stands

View our Custom Wheel Program here.

I got a visit from my keeper this week and he told me that I needed to update the blog.  So I thought I’d take this chance to talk a little about our custom wheel program.  We’ve been doing custom handbuilt wheels since 1973, but just recently we decided to really expand on that and brought Troy Watson from Ligero Wheelworks on board to head the program.  Troy brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our custom wheel program.  We have a pretty extensive selection of rims, hubs and spokes and can build just about anything to suit each rider.   This seems like a good chance to once again introduce Troy, the program and even show a bit of the workshop where it all takes place.  Read more

New From Crumpton, EE, Tune, ENVE, and KCNC

August 17th, 2011



Typically at this point in the year we’d keep our Interbike projects under wraps, but I’m particularly excited about this bike. Not only is the frame a new offering from Crumpton Cycles but the bike has a lot of new parts on it from companies like ENVE Composites, EE Cycleworks, KCNC and Tune.  I’m also excited because I think it turned out really pretty.  Aesthetically the bike sort of came together better than I could have imagined, with the EE cranks, white Crumpton decals, KCNC Ti Cassette and New Ultimate parts all working together. But I’m probably pretty biased because I built this one for myself. I’m stoked with how it turned out, but pretty bummed that because it’s a showbike, I have to limit the number of miles I put on it, as it still needs to look new in 3 weeks when it leaves for Vegas.  Read more

Custom Parlee Climber

July 29th, 2011



It’s been a while since we featured some of our custom builds on the website, but this one built specifically for challenging climbs certainly seems worthy of being the first of a series of custom bikes to be featured on the website, especially since it’s quickly become one of my favorite looking bikes.   While this bike is immediately heading for pan flat Florida, it will ultimately find its way across the pond and into the Alps and Dolomites which is what it was purpose built for.  Read more

Kmc Black on Black DLC Chain

June 9th, 2011



Back during Interbike 2010 we reported on KMC’s new DLC coated chain that was available in black and red.  Now we have the limited edition Kmc X10SL DLC coated chain is available in full black.  That’s right, the limited edition black on red has been revamped for the coming year and is now available in black on black.  Same great performance as the standard X10SL, but without the color.  Due to the extremely high production cost of DLC coating the chains, these will be available only in limited quantities.  The DLC black on black chain will be available….. Now.

Fair Wheel Crank test #4

May 26th, 2011



Welcome back to the 4th installment of the crank shootout.

New cranks that have been added for this round are Ax Lightness Morpheus, Extralite QRC2 and Rotor 3d.  The next round will include the new Tune Smartfoot, Thm M3 and hopefully a production version of EE.

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New Artist Series Fair Wheel Kits

May 25th, 2011



I’m really happy to announce the release of the first in a series of artist designed Fair Wheel Bikes kits.  The first kit comes to us from artist Hunter King.  Hunter is both a friend and a fabulous artist.  Hunter designed the first two kits for us without any instruction, we just gave him a concept which was that we wanted something with a bit of a retro feel.  Hunter took it from there and came up with this kit.   Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.  Also for those of you wanting to see more of Hunters work take a look at Read more