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After a few years of trail building with tools that usually broke with the first or second use Bill Hasenjaeger built his own packable McLeod for himself... 

From Dirt Issue 142 - December 2013

Words by Steve Jones. Photos by Steve Jones.

trail building bill hasenjaeger
trail building bill hasenjaeger

Dirt: What drives people to trail building?

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Bellingham’s (Washington State, USA) local scene, hand–built trails, public land managers recognizing economic benefits...

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trail building bill hasenjaeger-4

Who are Trail Insight's customers? Europe sales?

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trail building bill hasenjaeger-2

What about durability?

After the initial few prototypes we've worked our way through a few design iterations and manufacturing process changes in the past two years, either for manufacturability reasons or to increase durability. So far we've had a 0.75% failure rate on the handle segments, which I think is a pretty good number for a first generation anything. But especially for a lightweight tool that people are banging in the dirt. We're also starting to see some repeat business from earlier customers, either with add–on heads or additional tools, or both. We hope both those trends indicate we're doing something right. No one has yelled at us yet, at least not too loudly, so we're happy about that.

We are constantly working on things, always trying to improve the product and the process. My professional background is as a manufacturing engineer, it’s in my blood and I can't help but continue doing things to improve. Since we build the Trail Boss ourselves, and don't plan on ever outsourcing anything, it’s pretty nice to be mostly in control of our own destiny. And as a practical matter we really want this to work well, because in the end we want more cool bike trails to ride. We hope the Trail Boss helps make it happen.

www.trail-insight.com