I carefully measured and measured and measured again before drilling the hole in the chain stay for the pivot tube clamp. I put it all together in the jig and a small miracle occurred. It all slid together. I tack brazed the tube clamp into place. In this picture you can see the axle sticking out of the tube clamp. I will slit the chain stay on the bottom and braze a clamp in place which should hold the axle firmly.
I need to take it all out of the jig, put wheels back on it and eyeball it to make sure the wheels will be straight before going an further. The bike is going to be really low. Now I'll be able to see whether the suspension or the frame bottoms out first.
I ordered a Y shaped shock from ChainReactionCycles.com after seeing a recommendation from Dogman. It was a good price and free shipping from jolly old England, but all I have see from them for the last 5 days is the obligatory Paypal "yes we have your money" message. Let's hope it gets here soon.
The pivot setup for suspension is something thats been dogging me, i haven't got any full susser
doner bikes left (although i have a VERY efficient Matt.P on the case and expect i will have one in the near future)
I am interested to see how your pivot ends up, the thing with the cheap pviots is alot of side play, your setup
looks like it will be ALOT more solid! Some SERIOUS chain stays you have to Warren hahaa i went for some piddle 19mm chromo for the chain and seat stays...
Lookin forward to next update, would definately like to see the bars being bent never seen a 'conduit bender' in use...
Finally, thankyou for the excellent documentation of this build, i'm sure it will inspire others to have a crack at building their own frames, your showing what can be done without spending a huge amount of money...