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Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby Ypsylon » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:36 pm

No need to send a pair, front and rear are the same.

Obviously when we say "fairing" that's just short for structural brake booster.
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby BMANX » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:20 pm

Exactly but might as well have both sent and both come back set up perfect.
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:36 pm

I have some bad news about myself - on the stage race I had a bad crash and was in the hospital. There was a big crash in the downhil section and they fall just before me and I couldn't save myself. My Garmin turned off when I crashed, and the last speed was 68.4km/h, of course I braked before the crash, but anyway, it wasn't nice :lol:. I fall over the barrer in the depth...somehow all my bones are in one piece, but I have some injurys on my backbone - the cartilage is a bit damaged, also some muscles and also my nerves near my backbone a bit. But I feel every day better and hopefully I'll soon go back on my bike, probably it will take me a week or two (till now it is already 5 days), but nothing to do there, I can only be happy that I'm still alive :grin:


Back to the frame.
Here just some new photos from the parts on scale. I almost have all the parts, but I still need Sram Red levers and rear derailleur...if anybody has those parts for sale please let me know :wink:



Here are my Lightweights III, with Continental Competition tubulars, skewers and Sram Red cassette:
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1856g


KCNC CB1 brakes with Swissstop Flash Pro brake pads:
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179g

FSA headset (pressfit)
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74g

Ritchey WCS ALU bar (42cm) and stem (130mm)
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371g



Tomorrow I'll glue the ALU coils in the frame (for bottle cage screws) and just some more details to do before painting/lacquering. The surface is already prepared and today I ordered the models for painting the graphics.

I won't paint the surface a lot, only with a few graphics and with semi-gloss lacquer (the look will bi similar as on my LW wheels - also the beauty layer is the same).
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby dalai » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:35 am

Heal fast mate! :shock:
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby Ypsylon » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:38 am

Sounds like a specatacular crash, relieved to hear it didn't do any major damage.

Nice progress with the bike. Looks like you're working on your own crank? :wink:
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:06 am

dalai wrote:Heal fast mate! :shock:


Thanks :cheers:, my girlfriend takes care of me so I'm in good hands :grin:



Ypsylon wrote:Sounds like a specatacular crash, relieved to hear it didn't do any major damage.

Nice progress with the bike. Looks like you're working on your own crank? :wink:


Probably it really was, I'm glad that it wasn't worse.

Unfortunately not yet :grin: I'll get a Sram Red crank.


At this moment I have too much time and I already planed some new projects, I'm addicted to this work :grin:. Somehow I prefer making frames, don't really know why...it would be nice to make an TT/aero frame, but I would have to make it monocoque and not "tube to tube" like I did till now..will see, anyway, first I have to finish and test this frame!
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:08 am

Just glued, here just two quick photos:

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At this moment I have some Elite custom bottle cages and will most probably later make some own carbon bottle cages. But till then I'll use those. I'm very happy with those bottle cages - we use the same in my team.



Some more parts on scale:

Look Keo Carbon pedals
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Sram GXP pressfit
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby Soloist Assassin » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:54 pm

Awesome! Looking forward to seeing your bottle cages too. I just had a New Ultimate cage break on me Sunday. :(
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:01 am

I'm sorry to hear that.

Probably I'll try to make them today!

Yesterday I already made some more work, but not on the frame.
I finally get some UD carbon also for beauty layer! I already have 3 types of UD but mostly only for the structure of my products.
And of course I just couldn't resist to make a new saddle and seatpost. Maybe I'll use it for a combo if anybody would like that I make him a combo with UD look.

Also a bit improved tube with some carbon/kevlar fibres, similar like AX does..
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It is still rough and also the photos are quite crappy..as soon as I finish any UD part I'll post some more photos.

The saddle is wet, just to show how it should look
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Now I'm waiting only for the models that I'll be able to paint the frame. The surface is prepared, just can't wait that I finish this frame!!

The next frame will sure be in UD :mrgreen:. In the last few nights I couldn't sleep (because my injuries) and I spend a few hours before my desk and made a few quick sketchs.. Next project will be a monocoque frame because it allows better designing, but I have to decide what will I make..if I make monocoque then it wouldn't be a problem to make more identical frames, probably also for a friend of mine etc.,..Something aero/TT and with taste :mrgreen: and with probability for internal Di2 :mrgreen: ..that would be nice, in one year I could probably get some Di2 parts...will see..I also want to make a wheelset, but unfortunately I can't afford it at this moment...also a monocoque frame project is very exacting piece of work and I'll have to think over what will I make...

Anyway, as soon as I make some more progress on the frame I'll keep you updated :wink:
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby BMANX » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:06 pm

I love the idea of a monocoque frame and if you can make a few of them and keep one for yourself and sell a few, you could buy a Di2 or even a couple Ui2 groups to fit on your bikes. Maybe do a road and tt bike with Di2/Ui2. That is the nice part, of making your own items. If you can not afford to buy them you can sell enough seat post, saddle, post/saddle combos and frames to get the money to buy what you want. VERY COOL

On a seperate note, would it be possible to make an aero fairing for the EE brakes or the Tektro T726R brakes. I can sourse some Tektro T726R brakes but wanted to run it past you first.

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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:52 am

@BmanX
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Yes, probably it would be possible, but it is hard to say before I get any of those brakes in my hands.




And here just one more part for the build - Sram Red crankset, 172.5mm, 53/39:
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I get this crankset a bit used and there are a few scratches on the right crank (probably because the chain fall down...), the left one is just like new.
The frame will be lacquered with semi-gloss lacquer and probably I'll repaint also the crank. Maybe I'll put one identical graphics, only that I would paint them white and lacquer it semi-gloss. On the internal side I would just let it like it is,..will see, probably it would look better on the frame and much more unique.
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:11 pm

Hi!

Just some more photos from the frame. The surface is finished and prepared for the painting. But I still have to wait for the models that I'll be able to paint the graphics..

Tomorrow I'll go to the seaside with my girlfriend for a few days because I have to rest till Monday...the past 5 years I wasn't at the seaside because I didn't had any time for it :mrgreen: so there are also "positive" sites of the crash that I had..I already wanted to go on my bike but I'm not allowed to, so probably it is better that I'm not at home..:mrgreen:


Anyway, here just tome photos:

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After I'll come home I'll get also the levers. I just need to found the Sram Red rear derailleur and I can build it, just can't wait! I'll keep you updated :wink:
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby Boonen » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:58 pm

Looks great! Have fun this weekend :D
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:43 pm

Thanks!
I'm already much better and back on my bike (already 5 trainings till today) :thumbUp:

Some new parts just arrived - Dura-Ace chain and Jagwire L3 Cables:

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Today I also get the models for painting the graphics.



I already had some more time and I "customized" a bit my Sram Red crankset. The weight is almost the same (638g) but I really prefer the new look! I removed some graphics and lacquered it with semi-gloss lacquer (the same will be also on the frame). I also changed the Sram Red chainring with Stronglight CT2.

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Most probably I'll do the same also with the rest of the Sram Red parts. I'm still waiting for the levers and rear derailleur, hope that I'll soon get it!
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Re: Berk PROTO-TYPE 3

Postby ... » Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:32 pm

3T Funda PRO fork with new graphics and with semi-gloss finish.

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Soon I'll paint also the frame. It will have the same semi-gloss finish and some simple white graphics. I'll keep you updated :wink:
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