May 26th, 2013 Hugh
It has been a very busy spring here at True North Cycles. Here are a few of the bikes that have left the shop recently. Photos are posted more frequently at https://www.facebook.com/truenorthcycles
Keith just picked up his new S+S coupled touring bike. It was built to utilize a belt driven Rohloff 14 speed internal hub. He went with a red anodized hub to match the Schmidt dyno hub and Edelux light.
I have been building about 40% titanium bikes so far this year. Here is Gerald’s new titanium road rocket! It is equipped with a Campy Chorus Road group. The wheels are a pair of sweet looking Chris King R45 road hubs laced to Stans Alpha 340 road rims.
This is Paul’s new titanium road bike. This bike is quite versatile with the couplers , rack/fender eyelets, and also a Wound Up LR fork. This fork is specific to long reach road calipers which will allow fenders and a 700x32c width tire. The bike also has a Tubus Airy titanium rack.
John treated himself to a bike that fits! He is close to 6′ 10″ tall. This was a really nice looking bike. The super mirror orange powder coat and dark grey Ultegra group look great together.
This is Christian’s new road bike. This is the same colour as John’s but I added a good dose of copper pearl into the clear coat. The pearl really pops in the sunlight. This could be one of my favourite colours. This bike is also set up with Hutchinson tubeless tires. Setting up a road bike with tubeless tires is much less work than a mountain bike. It only takes a 2-3 minutes to install the tire and add the sealant.
January 27th, 2013 Hugh
This past week has been one of the coldest since we have been in the new shop. Lots of extra clothing and firing up the wood stove has been necessary. Spring is just around the corner and the orders are rolling in.
This is Nathan’s coupled road bike. The frame is a mix of True Temper and Columbus tubing. Build kit is a Shimano Ultegra compact group along with a few of Nathan’s favourite components. Since this photo was taken the fork has been replaced with an Enve 2.0 road fork. The wheels will be replaced with Chris King Cross hubs built to Open Pro rims.
Craig ordered a new cross bike. The bike is built around a 200mm long High Sierra custom crank arms. The paint is a pearl white powder with contrasting blue decals and fenders.
Heather ordered a small allrounder road bike. The bike will accept a 26 inch or 650c wheel. It will accommodate a touring tire and fenders if she needs them in the future. The paint is a gloss black powder with a blue pearl in the clear coat. The blue pops in direct sunlight. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t great when I took the picture.
This titanium touring bike is the second time around for Paul. His original bike was delivered last spring and unfortunately stolen shortly after. It is exactly the same as the original but this time we were able to take advantage of the new Campagnolo Veloce triple group.
Beniot’s touring bike looks sharp! The sparkle copper powder is one of the nicer powder colours we have. The frame was built with S+S couplers, Avid BB7 disc brakes, Alfine dynamo hub, and Tubus Racks.
We took a little time around Christmas this year and did some workshop organizing and experimenting with liquid paint. We plan to offer more colour options and paint schemes shortly.
January 22nd, 2013 Hugh
Ti frame with couplers in the frame jig and soon to be welded
November 9th, 2012 Hugh
There are lots of different projects happening in the shop these days. I delivered this really slick looking touring bike to Ryan. It is built around 26 inch wheels with a Shimano slx group. It has an Alfine Dynamo hub which will deliver power to various devices with help from the E-WERK charging station. The first major tour for this bike will be a 5 week trip through the Andes.
This is a beautiful fillet brazed touring frame I built for Yan. I don’t do a huge number of brazed frames these days. The first 50 or so True North frames were all brazed. This was an enjoyable build and it looks fantastic.
These titanium stoker stems were made for a customer that has a number of different tandems. The multiple lengths allow him to fine tune the stoker position for different riders.
Derek will be finishing off the rest of this build at home. Titanium 29er frame built with an EBB for single speed or geared use. This frame has all of the braze-ons to turn it into an expedition touring bike. The wheels have Chris King hubs built to Stan’s Notubes rims. The rims were clear coated with a tiny bit of white pearl. They should pop in the sunlight.
More pictures of these projects can be found in our flickr album.