NAHBS 2012 – Bicycle Fabrication
Bicycle Fabrications unleashed their first product run of the mean looking, low slung monster they call the Pocket Rocket at NAHBS last weekend. Nestled amongst the the custom track, cargo, and tandem bikes, Hank Mathesons beasts quietly lurked.
In addition to the Pocket Rocket, two other prototype DH rigs were in attendance at the booth, the Candyman 2 and engineer John Heims personal 7 up.
Two different Pocket Rockets were on display, a single speed and geared version, both running trick dropouts made by the San Francisco bay area shop Paragon Machine Works.
The frames are available in two different sizes, a short and a long, both sizes have short chainstays and tight top tubes for nimble handling. The frames, constructed of 4130 chromoly (with shock) weigh less than my aluminum Transition Double. MSRP will be aprx $1650 for a frame.
Since Bicycle Fabrications is in the process of patenting their new suspension platform, they kept their DH bikes neatly wrapped in innertubes, and told more than one eager onlooker that recycled innertube elastomers were an integral part of the suspension. Despite my prodding, Hank wouldn’t provide me with any further clues than those he divulged earlier, about how the frame incorporates two mechanical interfaces to allow the axle to move vertically, and horizontally, independently of each other.
Beautiful Pinup shots via DirtRag