tom wants to have a signature style on his mountain bikes, that style being a lugged front end, for me i hadn't specifically thought about lugs at all, only because i hadn't seen it done in years other than on steel road bikes. my attitude is that there are no reasons not to do it. there are many ways in which tubes can be joined, why not use this one?
tom's lugs are a mix of bought or machined in house by himself, for the head lugs of these frames tom makes them himself, but i should add that the rest of the frame is fillet brazed, the only lug assembly is the head tube. if you look at the gallery on his website it shows alot of lugs he has made or has modified from standard.
we have also discussed drop outs (at some length) thinking along the lines of the paragon style drop outs with the disc caliper inside the seat/chain stay, also the brake hose will run through the top tube.
i want the frame to be very stealthy from that point of view, just keeping things out of the way. the one thing that has frustrated me about my 07 clockwork is cable/hose guides on top of the top tube, they have started to mark the paint just with general use so it is things like this i want to avoid with this frame, luckily tom is in complete agreement with these suggestions.
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