Framebuilders - Anyone ever heard of the builder smith pro
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08-23-11, 11:46 PM
I showed this bike in another thread, but after some research I still know nothing about this frame. seems very well made, good materials, quality welds, integrated rd hanger, takes a 1" steer tube... but who made this? it is quite unlike anything I have ever seen before. Thanks
08-24-11, 02:18 AM
Those tubes are typical 7005 "kit" that are distributed by suppliers for custom building aluminum frames. Judging by the construction, I would assume it was some type of sample or prototype made from some some of the less expensive tubes made. The builder didn't put a bridge in the chain-stays which if not already cracked, will soon.
There is a thread in the road forum regarding an aluminum bike someone recently had built. The similarities are too great for me to not wonder if the same shop was responsible for this one. Also no bridge and MTB stays that are positioned too far from the edges of the BB shell to be effective, all Fairing ind. tubes. Same type of graphics. It looks like an early sample from the same builder. Perhaps the builder and brand separated or something.
" The builder is in Arizona and I am in Florida"
Yes, they are both from Phoenix.
08-24-11, 07:51 AM
Thanks for the info ftwelder, not being able to id the frame has been driving me nuts! so it is structurally compromised? I was thinking of selling it off but maybe it will have to become wall art.
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