Levin‘s Stoke Machines

Hey there,

my name is Levin, I love bikes and I am a metalworker from Germany and my boss is kind enough to let me use the workshop in my leisure time.

I really enjoy reading the forum and I want to show some of the stuff I have build over the years.

I started off by building small bike parts like top caps or this truing stand

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After learning how to tig weld I was captivated by framebuilding and wanted to build my own bike.

The first frame I worked on was just a modification for a friend of my boss. The bike looks rather ugly and the top tube is the push handle from an emergency exit.

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The first real frame I have build is a dirt jumper for my self. It was a lot of work but I enjoyed the process and learned a lot. I love how the frame rides and how well it holds up.

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What I didn‘t like is that i had to use a chain tensioner. Fortunately I could cnc some new horizontal drop outs with build in chain tensioners.

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After some time I wanted to build a new bike and friends brought up the idea of building a 24“ dirt jumper.
For the new frame I used another welding set up wich worked way better than the old one.

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I modeld the frame in Fusion, the Tutorial from Daniel helped a lot!
Wich also improved the look of the yoke because I could waterjet cut one. (The old one looked like bbq pliers)

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The yoke allows me to barely fit a 26“ wheel, but the 24“ rides so good that I never tried a 26“

The bends of the chain and Seat stays also came out way better than on the first frame because I used a different tighter bending die.
And I actually prefered mitering the tubes by hand because my lathe set up wasn‘t that ridged.

And I Improved my jig, the first one worked fine but i had to cut it apart to get the frame out.

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I really like clear powder coat and I didn‘t have any issues with the first frame (almost no spider webs after 2 years just some really small ones on the downside of the bb and on the cable guides wich you barelly notice)
And I have put a lot of work into the frame and it would be sad to hide all the work.

Finished Frame:

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My latest project was welding a disk brake mount on a bmx and modifying a old hub to fit into the frame:

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I am really lucky that my chamber of crafts pays a frame building course in Zürich by Kolb Rahmenbau.

My plan for the course is to build a fullsuspension trail bike with 135mm of Travel

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I have already started to build a jig for the rear end and I can’t wait to build the bike!

Thank‘s for reading this far, I would be happy to receive any questions or feedback

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Your bikes look awesome, nice work!

What geo did you use on the DJ frames? 24” front and rear wheels?

Let’s see a picture of the local jumps!

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Thank you!

Yeah I ride 24“ front and back, the first frame had 440mm of reach wich was way to big, the second frame has 416 mm of reach. I tought a lot about the bottom bracket drop difference between a 26“ and a 24“ frame and I went with a 20mm bb drop, wich rides amazing because you stand really low in the frame and feel really secure. The rear end is almost identical with 388mm of chainstay length wich makes the bike really stabel. The Head tube angle is 69.5 degree wich is pretty normal for a DJ frame.

Ps I love your cross bars maybe I try to bend my own ones one day

A picture of my Home Spot:

And a picture of the frame in action in La poma in spain:

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Nice work!

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I’ve been wanting to build a DJ, I think this is the inspiration I needed! Thanks!

I’m still not sure if I want to go 26 or 24. I know a 24 I’ll be able to tuck more but a 26 won’t be such a drastic change from my daily 29x2.6 bike.

The jumps look nice!

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Welcome! @Loose_Levin

That yoke is really impressive, and the full suspension design is very nice as well. I am surprised by how many good designers, fabricators, and skilled riders are on the forum!

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Nice work!

For DJs, 24 is so slept on. Love it.

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Thanks for the nice feedback:)

It is a huge step from 24“ to 29“, when I ride my downhill bike it feels really big. Maybe I change the Dh to a 27,5/26“ set up…

The big advantage of 24“ is that transitions are relatively bigger and you can push better. You are also quite low wich feels really secure and it‘s really playfull.
The downside is that you are not as stabel (but you get used to it) and bumps and rocks feel bigger.

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And thanks again for your tutorials, without them I wouldn‘t be able to use Fusion :slight_smile:

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