I’m still finding little piles of sulfur, plastic propellers and random cardboard debris around my house, leftover traces of the ordnance my neighbors put into the sky July 4th. Seriously, the incredible fireworks display I’ve seen, and–like it or not–I was in it. Sort of like waking up and finding your house is a float in the Macy’s Parade. Very odd. This was one of those domestic clean-up weekends, though we still found time to go hike up Beacon Rock. Baden rock starred the ascent, apparently trying for some kind of age record for six-year-olds, while Beckett managed despite a shoe that self-destructed. The dog thought we were all stupid, particularly after realizing there wasn’t anything waiting for us at the top but some chipmunks and turning around and starting the descent.
Speaking of descents, I’ve been keeping Project Danzig under wraps lately–which is surprisingly easy to do when it’s your third job and not yet much of a priority–but this weekend I had occasion to begin testing the system for DH applications. Having designed the suspension originally for longer travel 29ers, I felt pretty confident it could be used to develop a pretty badass DH bike, but you never really know until you try. So far, things look really good.
Those are 26-inch wheels for now. Axle path was my biggest concern, but looks like I have a nice development window of possible options there, and a range of viable pivot locations to fine tune. I think some really positive characteristics could be baked into the instant center on the frame, and they could make its capabilities pretty unique. Still a lot of work to do, but I’m happy to report the initial rough draft passed the maniacal laughter test. It’d be a hell of a lot of fun to build and ride this beast.