Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gangsta' Track framesets, in stock and ready to ship!

It's been a long time coming, but our first batch of Brooklyn designed, V2. Gangsta' framesets are now ready to go.  The frameset includes a V2. Gangsta' Track frame, one of our "Cluster-forks", a Brooklyn branded integrated headset, a seatpost, and seatpost clamp.  MSRP for all of this is $595. Stock colors are currently a "raw clearcoat" and "fire-engine red".  Custom colors are available for an additional charge.  The frame and fork are both drilled to allow for the mounting of a caliper type brake.  Dealer inquiries are welcome.

Two sizes are currently available.  We are calling them "Long" and "Short", in reference to the effective top tube length of the frame.  Because of the sloping top tube on the Gangsta' Track, standard seattube measurements can be misleading.  The Gangsta' Track rides larger than it's low standover height would suggest. Take a look at the geometry charts and compare the top tube length to other frames to get an idea of what size you would want to ride. Also, a rough guideline would be that someone <5'10" would ride a "short" and >5'10" will probably be more comfortable on a "long".
Short Version...
Long Version...

The geometry of the frame and fork is the same tried and true formula that helped to launch a new wave of  fixed gear bikes, when the first Gangsta' Track was made in the summer of 2005.  Since then, the Gangsta' Track has been in constant evolution.  The latest step in this evolution has been a move to having the Gangsta' Track designed in Brooklyn and manufactured in Taiwan.  This move allowed us to make use of manufacturing technology and processes that would not be available to us while building the Gangsta' Track in our small shop at 16 Powers St.  The added benefits are that we can keep the price reasonable and have frames in stock with much greater regularity. We've been working on this project for a long time and we're very happy with quality, fit, and finish of these frames.  We think you will be too.

Fresh new head-tubes with an engraved Brooklyn logo.  The head-tubes are also internally butted to add strength, while keeping weight reasonable.  A feature we believe is unique to our frames.  It's been dubbed the "Butt-Head".  The downtube is gusseted also.

True Temper "Supertherm" butted, air-hardening,  tubing is used for the top and down tubes on the Gangsta'.  These tubes are made in the U.S.A. and are used on almost all high end BMX frames these days.

The chainstay and seatstay tubing of the frame is custom drawn and butted to our specs.  Tire clearance is about 43mm and we've added a seatstay bridge for mounting of a brake or fender.

The seatstay junction of the Gangsta' Track is probably the most recognizable feature of the frame.  The pierced top tube allows for an extra large weld area for the seatstay, making for a very stiff and strong rear triangle.

The rear dropouts are spaced at 120mm and slotted for a 10mm axle.