to integrate STEPS, and said the
bike could be of whatever design
I came up with. I had help from a
co-worker [Paul works at e-moto
company Brammo], and we devised
the fork similar to a Uni-Lever fork
used by BMW. We couldn’t afford a
frame fixture, so there was a lot of
eye-balling to get the frame made.
I’ve built close to 100 bike frames
over the years, and between some
of the complex compound bends for
the tubes and nightmare mitering,
this was definitely the most difficult.
“I’m excited to see Shimano
introduce STEPS, because the
market is still evolving, and they
bring a lot of proven history that
can increase consumer confidence.
Of course, even with Shimano’s
arrival, I’m still working on a mid-
drive system of my own design. It
should take a lot of time and money
to develop, but that’s what keeps it