Are people still building their own forks these days?? This past weekend I spent a good majority of my Sunday working through an old Fork Jig Design of mine modifying every single part and incorporating design principles I've learned over the past 3 years working with Extruded Aluminum on my Bringheli Modifications. I use extruded Aluminum for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it strikes the perfect balance between quality and price, especially when sourced through a reputable vendor. This has always been very important to me because while I love building bikes, I also love to provide frame building tooling to enable people to build their own bikes even more. There's just something magical about being able to ride something you created. I want more people to experience that feeling I felt the first time my feet left the ground and the only thing holding me up was a FARR frame.
From what I've seen, most frame-building tooling on the market falls into two major price categories. One, it's just too expensive for the average builder or semi-professional hobbyist to use. Or two, it's more cost-effective but sacrifices what I feel to be fundamental aspects of how these tools should function. In all my efforts I've tried to strike a balance or middle ground between these two approaches.
This fork jig has been on my to do list for almost 4 years now, and there have been quite a few people patiently waiting. I've been through numerous design revisions, built countless prototypes and used my previous design to build a number of my own forks. All these efforts have led me to what you see today. A no-nonsense (except for the sense of being a sensible price) Fork Jig coming in February 2018.
Happy Building - Todd