First NANO products! Weight savings are 7% with the same structure and it's also a bit stiffer, so still possible to make it a bit lighter.
- the one with silver decals: 27.2 x 320mm, 124g
- white: 31.6 x 320, 129.5g
I'll soon make a combo for myself and test it. I want to make a <100g combo (31.6 x 300mm).
Probably it would be nice if I would start with my own small company? That would be more formal, because at this moment unfortunately I'm not a company and can make some parts only for some friends, or for someone who trust my work and really want to have a product from me,...will see..
Otherwise I'm working on my PT4-NANO
Probably I already mentioned that I can't afford to make some metal moulds, so I'll make them by myself. Of course also for the previous frames I made the moulds by myself, but they were only for single use.. This time the moulds will be made out with some other materials that are a bit more durable, and I could use them for 10-15times or maybe even more..
And for a good resoult you need good moulds
Making moulds takes quite a lot of time, but I'm on a quite good way. First I had to make all the models from each separate part of the frame, as you can see on this photo. Those models help me a lot for the further work.
I already made 1/2 of the moulds except for the headtube and dropouts. Hope that till the end of this month I'll have all the moulds and start with the real carbon work. Here just one more photo during the work - just one of the materials that I use for the moulds:
When I'll have all the moulds I'll still have to do some more work. I'll make some "inserts" that I'll be able to make the tubes with some "edges" at the end of the tube (but will still be able to use the same moulds for any size) - cca. 2-3mm edge around the diameter, and I'll reinforce the joints till that edge (a few cm. away from the point where it's glued). Hope you know what I mean.. The lines of the frame will look much cleaner and it won't look that obvious that it was made tube-to-tube.
Also some new parts for the build are on the way and later I'll post also some photos from parts on scale. I'll build a stiff and reliable bike, but still lightweight.
I'll keep you updated
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