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Paging laffeaux...fillet brazing(6 posts)

Paging laffeaux...fillet brazingpeter in NVA
May 26, 2003 1:37 PM
Sorry I missed the fillet brazing thread. I also have a Ritchey fillet brazed road classic (and the P22 mtb). Yours looks older with the "flat type" fork crown. I still love looking at the welds. My road bike is noticeably heavier with all that brass compared to my Ritchey Swiss Cross - but it looks better.
I once read Ritchey doesn't file his welds, he flows the brass so well. There used to be a lot of discussion (15 years ago) how anyone could fillet braze and hide a bad weld...I think Ritchey wrote anyone could puddle brass. I am looking for a new cross and was thinking of Ti, but I'd like to see how you come out with a fillet brazed steel.
re: Paging laffeaux...fillet brazinglaffeaux
May 26, 2003 5:52 PM
That pic was actually an old Ritchey MTB that I have. It's heavy, but I think all 1981 MTBs were heavy.

The Swiss Cross is a really light bike - mine is about 19 pounds with knobbies. I think it's a function of light tubes, not the joining method. Fillet brazing will add weight, but it's pretty minimal.

I've been toying with the idea of a new 'cross bike too, but can't really justify it as I have no money, and my SC is still in great condition. I guess it's always okay to start preparing for the next bike. Strong and Sycip (and probably many others) do fillet brazed frames, and I'd probably go that way for the next bike - just for the coolness factor.
re: Paging laffeaux...fillet brazingbrian n
May 27, 2003 6:51 AM
Curtlo is another good fillet brazer. i am currently about to order a mtn bike to replace my '97 ibis mojo which got the top tube crunched by a rock encounter. his prices are crazy low (~$700 for frame) considering the tubing he uses and the fact that ALL frames are custom. check it out:

www.curtlo.com

-brian

ps- he uses the powdercoater that paints all the Carl Strong frames, so the finish is nice too.
re: Paging laffeaux...fillet brazinglaffeaux
May 27, 2003 8:30 AM
Keep us posted on how you like the frame compared to the Ibis. For 1/2 the price of the other guys that's tempting.
re: Paging laffeaux...fillet brazingbrian n
May 27, 2003 12:21 PM
i probably won't have it until the end of the summer, i have to save a bit of money up first and i am going to be moving apartments in july (lots of "hidden" costs there). Plus the time to build it, so i will not have it until august probably.

meanwhile the ibis is still being ridden, but i'm keping an eye on the dent before, during, and after every ride.

i will post hi quality pictures of the paint/joints so everyone can see though! i'm a metallurgist so this stuff means alot to me!

-brian
Noticed the straddle cable after postingpeter in NVA
May 27, 2003 2:34 PM
You must have one of the first Ritcheys. Its sure to become a classic. His bikes were all red.