The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed in the last few posts that besides moving fabrication of the framesets to Eugene, Oregon; the Pelican is going to be a fully brazed frameset, fillet brazed to be precise! Tigged frames are great and require a high amount of skill to produce, but Winter Bicycles only does brazing. That’s fine by us. Fillet Brazing, sometimes known as “lugless brazing”, is faster than lug brazing but requires more experience and skill with the torch to do correctly. Winter’s unfinished fillets are super smooth and don’t need a lot of finish filing or fancy paint. I think this speaks volumes of his skill as a builder.
Besides the switch to a fillet brazed frameset, we are adding a threaded plate under the fork crown for directly mounting fenders to the fork. No more “daruma” eyebolts. We are also moving to a nicer tubeset. It’s not going to be US steel, but the Italian tubing is pretty darn good too. The top tubes are moving to .8/.5/.8 butting. We are still using 25.4 diameter top tubes and 28.6 seat and downtubes. We are having custom stays drawn as well. The frames are still 1″ threaded, have level top tubes, cantilever bosses, vertical rear dropouts, guides along the fork blade and routing through the downtube for the light wiring, dual eyelets front and rear, as well as the midfork eyelets. We are still having the forks raked with the bend down near the bottom. We are also adding a primer that will seal the frame under the powdercoat. This will stop the frame from slowly corroding under the powder coat as the years pass by. This has not been an issue, but it was a nice addition to make. The Pelicans are still blue. We are adjusting the geometry in the 50cm and 52cm sizes, making the headtube angles a proper 73 degrees. We are cutting the smallest size, 48cm. We are keeping the frame sizing the same, increasing every two centimeters. Measurements are still center to center.
We will be offering 650b in sizes 50-62cm. Max tire size with a fender is 650bx42. They won’t fit the knobby mountain tires that are currently made in 650b (50-52mm), but if someone knows of a 650bx48 tire, that should work fine without fenders. We will also be offering the 54-62 frames in 700c. They will easily fit 700×35 with fenders, and 38/40′s without.
Click the link for complete specs on the new Winter built Pelicans. Click on this link for the geometry of the 650b frames.
As before, we will be getting in various sizes and wheel combos throughout the year. Another benefit of moving production to Winter Bicycles is we will gain access to a much more consistent delivery schedule. We can better plan what sizes to get, and when they will be arriving. Currently we will be receiving six 700c bikes at the end of the October. Three 56cm, and three 60cm framesets. In February will will be getting some more 650b frames. I will be announcing on the blog when the deposit window is open for a particular batch.
Along with all these great changes to the Pelican, the price will be increasing too. The price increase covers the changes and upgrades, and will hopefully cover any small production price increases that are sure to pop up over time. The new price on Winter built Pelicans is $1600.00 A nonrefundable deposit of $800.00 will hold the frame for you. Banjo built Pelicans will stay at $1400 while supplies last.