2018 Grinduro: Check out the Wild CNC Milled Lugwork on this Southpark Lauf MTB

Technology. Sometimes it gets a bad rep but when you consider the possibilities for makers, it can be a powerful tool to wield. Take Taylorsville’s Dana Fenimore and his brand Southpark. 10 years ago and he would have spent painstaking hours carving these lugs, or paying top dollar for a laser cutter to cut out these elaborate logos and designs. Now he just runs the lugs through a CNC machine and Voila! a work of art.

Dana’s handwork stopped the show at the 2018 Grinduro Town Hall, with curious enthusiasts querying how he was able to deliver such fine lugwork on this Lauf fork-equipped mountain bike. Did I mention that Dana built the CNC machine too? Yeah, he’s got some skills!

What do you think? Does the fact that a CNC machine made these lugs undermine the craft, or enhance it? Unfortunately, I cannot find Dana’s website or social media links, so if you have those, drop them in the comments.

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  • mark rothschild

    “Masterpiece”…………..and Not the Bar-B-Q Sauce

    • mark rothschild

      Googling…Southpark Bicycles…just getting, “Cartman”…???

  • Tim Guarente

    A CNC machine takes lots of practice and skill to set up and run, just like a set of files do. This isn’t just a mass-made hunk of swiss cheese, there’s art in the details for sure.

    Are Bicycle Crumbs designs not art because of their digital origin?

    • I’m on board with you and I’m not undermining his work! In fact I said “a work of art” It takes skill for sure.

      • “What is Art?” Computers are a tool just like a file or hammer. Technology serves as a work saver. Some technology physically removes the human from the tactile step of the process where others, the worker is more “present” throughout the process. The challenge with any of these tools/technology is how they manipulate the material to which they are applied. But even more to the point: How does the craftsman/artist leverage that tool to transform material in a way where the material transcends its original form? That’s the challenge.

        • “Craftsmanship is a result, not a process” Is something I remind myself often. Feels relevant here.

  • Ralph Aichinger

    What is this fork about? Is this arrangement for suspension/dampening?

    • Dario

      It’s a Lauf fork, essentially just 60mm of undamped suspension to smooth out chatter and washboards. Pretty neat carbon technology, all the work is done by leaf springs!

  • mikeetheviking

    DANG

    SICK

  • Chris Valente

    First bike with a Lauf that I find visually appealing (function and ride quality aside). 10/10 would ride.

    • Froste

      Agree, I think it is the ‘knee’ in the seat stays that ties it all together, probably also the color matching.

      • Chris Valente

        Excellent observation. That is definitely part of it. Symmetry is a hell of a drug.

  • galavoxx

    Needs more purple.