I've been posting here for a while and greatly admire the level of expertise and range of opinions here. I have a small business set up and I'm looking to produce a top-notch touring bike. I have some bike building abilities and know where to find great people in my area but I don't want to trust the design to just one or two "experts" because everyone comes with their own pre-conceived notions of how to build a bike. So, taking inspiration from Open Source software design I am opening up the design phase to you all.
I've set up a website with a small forum specifically for discussions about the bike design and to help us hack out the best solution given all factors (cost, reliability, serviceability, performance, etc).
It's at MojoBike.com .
I hope you all will come over and participate in the discussions about each part of the bike. If you are an expert on brakes then there is a board for that, the same with frames, lighting, etc.
I realize that some of the discussions there will duplicate discussions on BF but the difference is that on the MojoBike forum we have a goal of making a producible bike with all the parts fitting together. We'll have polls to decide various elements of the bike and probably some heated debate when one component doesn't work with another. It will be fun.
I am serious about getting this bike produced and sold via the Internet (and maybe local shops eventually). I'm already working on getting discounts from vendors for parts. There may even be awards given to top contributors (buy a bike at cost).
Please note, I'm not looking to take people away from BF. The forums on MojoBike will close once a final design is worked out.
(Note, the website is so new that it may not appear for all people right away.... give it a day or so if you can't see it).