Thanks for your interest, especially in your maiden post.
I will use a local (to me) factory, I am separately hiring a mold maker to make the molds. I will be using a mixture of higher modulous carbon in critical locations and the rest generic (T700 and the like, which is more than good enough for bike frame making). Also trying to source some basalt/flax type fibers for certain sections of the frame. At the end of the day it will be a function of cost, engineering, convenience and availability.
It's actually really difficult to get the right factory because the handful of really good ones are a bit reluctant to deal with small orders (they already have orders by the 10,000s from Cdale/Cervelo/Scott/Pinarello/andprettymucheveryoneelse). The Chinarello joints are all over the place but I don't want to get killed.
The present goal is to make a bike that makes ME happy. If I like it enough, I will think about marketing it. Based on some prelim research, operating a brand will be a huge undertaking for someone who is not already in the industry, so that step will not be taken lightly. My inspiration mostly came from the guys on this forum. Won't repeat the list of names, coz it's loooooong.
Of course many current models I do like a lot (currently on a Prince and C50, not very imaginative but no complaints from me). However, it will be nice to have something unique and satisfies my own absolute whim.
I haven't ridden a Canyon but they do appear to be nicely designed and well made frames.
Hope I answered your Qs.
I am very much enjoying listening in on your frame project. I have a carbon bike now (Calfee) and am in the market for a new one which is how I found my way here.
I am wondering about the process you need to go through. Will you use a local factory, will they make a mold for you (and them), What kind of carbon will you use? From your experience is it easy to choose a good factory? Any thoughts about making the frame for the market?
Lots of questions, but if you were in the market for a frame for yourself today what would you look into, what you have now? the Neo, or is that part of what is driving you to design a new frame, that there is nothing similar to what you would like. My personal current looking at favorite is the Canyon, but that could always change.
Thanks for posting your progress!
Fast falcons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFcWk
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