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Steve Worland
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Jones Bicycle Evolution

What happened when? The story of my thinking and progression as the Jeff Jones bicycle has evolved is here. Bicycles, discoveries, experiments and the like. I will add to it and fill in the gaps as and when. There's a progression here. Once upon a time there were 26" wheels and then things progressed...



2003's prototype

It's rigid bike - but not as we know it

This is the bike I built that really re-opened my eyes to what a non-suspended bike can be. I showed this bike at InterBike in 2003. It had 26" wheels but what made the difference was that the truss fork had more rake than normal and the head angle was slacker than normal. This geometry, along with the more compliant frame design and the responsiveness of the truss fork really made for a ride that satisfied me more than the bikes I had with “normal” (less rake, steeper angles, longer trail) geometry. Doing this with 29” wheels made it even better.

Early 29er investigations

This is one of the 29" wheeled bikes I built in 2005 to experiment with this geometry and to find the limits of vertical compliance. This one had even more rake.

Compliance testing - including a little downhill race

I did a downhill race on the bike. It went well.

Merlin built framesets

This lead to Merlin producing framesets to my designs. This went very well but I then had to make alternative arrangements - which are proving very fruitful.

Fenders - good for touring

Fenders and 'low rider' rack

This is a production bike with full fenders (and a prototype 'low rider' rack in the lower picture). It used to be built up as a road bike. I wrote about it in my blog. I like that it is a good road bicycle and still very good on tight single track.


The same bike with a 29 X 2.3 tire (left) and 26 X 3.7 tire (right)

Since then I've been investigating front-end performance with new wheel, hub and tire combinations. This has lead to new (truss) fork variations.


Jones' geometry and steel frame and forks

And this is a steel version of a Jones' geometry bicycle. This one has a fork that takes a 135mm front hub which allows a very strong and stiff wheel.


Titanium Spaceframe - gears

Titanium Spaceframe - singlespeed

I am very pleased with where I've got to. The bikes are riding very well, with or without gears. I'm not stopping though - many more ideas to explore. 2012 has some new ideas being developed.


 

 

 


This is becoming more of an archive than an 'all the news' section as the blog has pretty much taken over. For all the latest do check my blog. I'll see if I can sort things here but the blog will get priority - well, after serving customers and building and riding bikes.

Before the blog there were the newsletters
#1 January 2006 | #2 July 2007


And here is some editorial

DirtRag and Shred both wrote recent (April 2012) reviews of my bikes.
You can read them in a blog entry here.

DirtRag 'Jeff Jones 3D Spaceframe'
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"Jeff Jones is one of those bike world visionaries who will have a lasting influence on the equipment we use." Click here to read

DirtRag 'Spaceframe in the House'
Click here to read the blog

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From Shift (UK Magazine) 2008 #1
The big test: "Jeff Jones hasn't merely rewritten the rulebook, he's reinvented paper..." Read the test (0.7MB)

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From What Mountain Bike (UK) June 08 #83 - 1st look: "Free Radical... We loved the ride and appreciated the thoughts behind the design" Read the test (0.9MB)
Magazine's website

click to view And Steve also mentioned Jones bikes in Mountain Biking UK June 08 #225
Magazine's website

From SINGLETRACK magazine in the UK:
Feature: "Bike Porn"
Click here for a scan of article

From Velo Vert in France:
Article: "L'ermite de l'Oregon"
Click here for a scan of article

From The Outcast Magazine:
Review: "The whole bike makes me smile"
Click here for a scan of article

From Dirt Rag Magazine:
H-Bar Review: "After fifteen minutes on this bar, I was sold."
www.dirtragmag.com - Click here for a scan of article

From SINGLETRACK magazine in the UK:
"Bike Porn"
www.singletrackworld.com - Click here for a scan of article

From The Outcast Magazine:
Review: "Scary good..."
Click here for a scan of article

From The Outcast Magazine:
Interview
Click here for a scan of article

From Fat Tire Times:
Interview: "Jeff Jones: Rethinking the Hardtails"
Click here for a scan of article

From The Outcast Magazine:
H-Bar Review: "Natural and comfortable...brilliantly secure downhill position."
The Outcast Magazine - Click here for a scan of article

From VeloNews:
"Dream Rides"
www.velonews.com - Click here for scan of article

From Dirt Rag Magazine:
"Jeff Jones-Freethinker, Freerider, Freebuilder"
Click here for scan of article

From Single Speed Outlaw:
"We get inside Titanium frame builder Jeff Jones' head"
http://www.singlespeedoutlaw.com/issue5/features.shtml

From Single Speed Outlaw:
"A more comfortable and controlled ride."
http://www.singlespeedoutlaw.com/issue5/junkdrawer.shtml (H-Bar Review)

From The Outcast Magazine:
"Jones H-Bar Etc"
The Outcast Magazine - Click here for scan of article - Click here to view cover of magazine

From VeloNews:
"Jones 3D Spaceframe"
www.velonews.com - Click here for scan of article

From Dirt Rag Magazine:
"Leonardo DaVinci would be proud..."
www.dirtragmag.com - Click here for scan of article

From bikemagic.com:
"Oregon-based framebuilder Jeff Jones is a man with a different take on what a mountain bike should look like. His custom Ti frames have ultra-short back ends, curved and ovalised tubes for vertical compliance but lateral stiffness and a unique handlebar optimised for technical, woodsy singlespeeding."

From singletrackworld.com:
"Jeff Jones has some wild ideas about titanium hardtails, and these bars are his invention too, they're designed for easy cruising or fast racing alike. They work with brake levers, or Shimano's Dual Control levers too."

From singletrackworld.com:
"Jeff Jones makes custom, multi-tubed bikes out of titanium. This one has a good half inch of travel from its vertically compliant spaceframe."





Gallery

August 2012 and I've managed to get some pictures up here.
More to follow. You will see how the Jones bicycle just works so well...

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