Well after more than a week off I have finally gotten back to the shop! After being sick for well over a week I am glad to out of the house and back cutting tubes and melting metal. One project I started before the expo that I had hoped to show off was a rigid steel, suspension corrected 29er fork. I have had more than a little interest from people in making MTB disc forks and I finally decided to make one for myself and do some destruction testing on it. While I have made other forks before, they have all been lugged road forks and in the grand scheme not that complicated. The fork I am currently working on is based off of the old "Fat Chance" segmented forks that have pretty much became the defacto standard for all rigid steel forks. So far I have the fork almost completely mitered and it should be brazed together shortly. This will be the second disc fork I have done as well. The first was for a lugged cyclocross frame thats primary use was for the hills of San Fransisco. With that frame (and my current one as well) I used the "willets" style of disc tab. This particular style of longer tab helps transfer the braking load up along the fork leg instead of just where the tab is located.
I have also been communicating with someone about possibly building a frame for a "little person". This particular frame is for a little 8 year old girl that has never had a bike that she can fit over and now that she if finally getting over her latest round of leg surgeries is ready to get her own bike. This bike definetely presents some design problems, particularly around the stand over clearance as the little girl only has a 13" inseam! Despite any complication, this is going to be an exciting build and one of the reasons I am building custom bikes! Once I get some the design issues worked out I will post a drawing of the frame so you can see the differences.