The 2012 batch of Geekhouse Bikes CX frames feature a new custom dropout design that I have been working on for Marty since the spring. My goal with this design was to create a modern-looking dropout with very clean lines, to compliment the TIG welding process, and be consistent with the family of previous design work that I have contributed to Geekhouse.
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to tastefully use layering of material thicknesses in a single part to create a visually more complex structure, without making the dropout look too techy. Overall, I am happy with how these turned out. At first glance, the dropouts look very plain, but there are a lot of subtle details in them. I think that the blends and surfaces in the final machined parts look nice and simple, and Richard Defrancisco, at Cantabrigian Mechanics, did a great job machining them.
Marty and I are going to do some updates to the design after we get some feedback from the first batch, before these go onto regular production frames.
[Photo #1: John Watson, Photo #3: Geekhouse Bikes]