Mountain Biking - Mosso I-Bay ... Is it worth it?
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11-27-10, 02:29 AM
I have stumbled upon a decent looking frame that claims to be a downhill/freeride frame. It is the Mosso I-Bay. Is it a strong frame? Does anybody have any experience in any way with this frame? Please let me know. Thanks!
11-27-10, 07:23 AM
11-27-10, 10:42 AM
Here is the link to the eBay listing. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230546554039&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)
I would obviously replace that horrid shock with a Marzocci or Fox shock.
11-27-10, 10:52 AM
i know people will jump on me for judging something without experiance with the product, but it looks like a piece of crap man. it looks very weak.
11-27-10, 10:55 AM
How does it look weak?
11-27-10, 11:16 AM
If you do a quick Google Images search, you will see a bunch of built DH bikes with that frame. I am not a fan of the finish on the frame, so I would probably have it re-powder coated.
It's odd they're billing it as a DH frame but it only has 160mm of travel and v-brake bosses.
I'd ask for more details on the geometry and specs on the shock (i.e., to make sure you can replace it with something better).
The fact that there's a kickstand mount attatched to the BB area makes me think the designers of this frame didn't have hardcore DH in mind.
Another thing: I only see slotted cable guides along the top tube, and unslotted housing guides along the swingarm. It would be a real pain to remove the brake hose from the caliper or lever, remove the end fittings and slide the hose through and re-connect and bleed. That frame was probably intended for use with cable brakes (V and disc) only.
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