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Old 06-22-17, 09:24 PM   #26
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Got the bike late today, got it together and took a spin.
(Note, all tools required came with the bike) Large multiple combo with 2 sizes on each end
and an allen set with a square drive adapter for seat adj. Found it after the bike was together. LOL
In all fairness, the last brand new bike I purchased was in 1997.
A $2000.00 Specialized S-works mtb. (In 1997 dollars) So I will do my best to be fair.
Really like the frame geometry on this one, with its steep head angle. Nice welds & solid feel.
Fit & finish is nice. A little better than one would expect from a $300.00 bike.
But with better welds. (that makes me happy) Am sure it was done robotically.........
But good looking welds are good looking welds.
Like posted everywhere else the brake is a bit weak. Not a show stopper but will probably add a
$50.00 avid bb7 caliper. (Like almost everyone else) And not spend too much time trying to make the zoom product fly.
The brake lever works, but just ordered an Avid FR5 lever from the bay for $6.99 shipped. Should be an improvement.
Nice sealed bearing wheels, tires are better than expected. Components are about what you would expect.
But all seem standard sized and easily upgradable.
Forged steel cranks seem strong (but probably add 2 pounds)
Am sure lots of folks will just ride it as it is. But my plan was to do a few things from the get go.
The best thing (for me) is the 24.5" top tube and an effective top tube length of 26".
Seat is OK, but is a large padded BMX seat, and will get swapped out
with something nicer. And possibly a longer seat post. (Am 6'3") I did slide the seat back 2" after the photo.
Really stretched things out.
I don't have anything terrible to say about it. Its just what I expected. Yea.........
Take a good look at the stick on decals, as they will all be gone tomorrow.
Included was two very large beanies, and ear buds. Just so you know..........
This one is going to fill the gap between my mountain bike and a beach cruiser.
Think long range beach cruiser that can go off curbs, down stairs etc.




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Got the bike late today, got it together and took a spin.
(Note, all tools required came with the bike) Large multiple combo with 2 sizes on each end
and an allen set with a square drive adapter for seat adj. Found it after the bike was together. LOL
In all fairness, the last brand new bike I purchased was in 1997.
A $2000.00 Specialized S-works mtb. (In 1997 dollars) So I will do my best to be fair.
Really like the frame geometry on this one, with its steep head angle. Nice welds & solid feel.
Fit & finish is nice. A little better than one would expect from a $300.00 bike.
But with better welds. (that makes me happy) Am sure it was done robotically.........
But good looking welds are good looking welds.
Like posted everywhere else the brake is a bit weak. Not a show stopper but will probably add a
$50.00 avid bb7 caliper. (Like almost everyone else) And not spend too much time trying to make the zoom product fly.
The brake lever works, but just ordered an Avid FR5 lever from the bay for $6.99 shipped. Should be an improvement.
Nice sealed bearing wheels, tires are better than expected. Components are about what you would expect.
But all seem standard sized and easily upgradable.
Forged steel cranks seem strong (but probably add 2 pounds)
Am sure lots of folks will just ride it as it is. But my plan was to do a few things from the get go.
The best thing (for me) is the 24.5" top tube and an effective top tube length of 26".
Seat is OK, but is a large padded BMX seat, and will get swapped out
with something nicer. And possibly a longer seat post. (Am 6'3") I did slide the seat back 2" after the photo.
Really stretched things out.
I don't have anything terrible to say about it. Its just what I expected. Yea.........
Take a good look at the stick on decals, as they will all be gone tomorrow.
Included was two very large beanies, and ear buds. Just so you know..........
This one is going to fill the gap between my mountain bike and a beach cruiser.
Think long range beach cruiser that can go off curbs, down stairs etc.
Wow,...this is a hot ride! I'm drooling on my keyboard,...

I'm contemplating a Fairdale Taj me'self.
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Old 06-23-17, 10:50 AM   #28
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That Taj is a great 26" cromo bike. And should need little if anything from day one.

I got used to alum when I bought a GT Zaskar back in 91. LOL LOL And have stayed with alum frames ever since.
Worked on this one a bit last night and this morning. Removed 3 of the the decals, disassembled cleaned and re-adjusted the caliper.
(Some improvement, (maybe 25%) but still plan to replace) Adjusted everything and it now much nicer to ride.
Very solid. Happy with the purchase. Kinda scary buying a $300.00 bike. But it turned out to be a great deal.
Will probably have about $700.00 in it a month from now. But it will be the way I want it. )
And should do what I want it to do.








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I'm going cromo due to my 235lb fatazz. LOL!!! I also want front and back brakes, so the Taj is perfect for me. Eventually I'll swap out the rear hub for my Shimano Nexus 8 speed. Speed, strength, agility, and FUN! A perfect ride for my needs,...
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What a tub of sh t you are. I am a svelte 225-230. LOL LOL
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What a tub of sh t you are. I am a svelte 225-230. LOL LOL
I hate you!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
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Well I've had my 24in 2017 Haro 2017 for some time now. At 6'1" I really wish i had a 26". More so due to needing more leg room when riding... Any stem, 4 piece handle bar and seat post you all could recommend?
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I had a bmx once but the bmx I had is way out of league from what you guys posted and I'm very interested in this.
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Since I'm 5'11'' I can get away with either a 24" or 26" BMX bike. I require a cromo frame, which seems hard to come by. The exception being mostly SE Bikes,...and I'm trying not to go with their brand. My LBS said they're a bit difficult to work with. For what I'll be paying, I think customer service is a necessity. The Taj seems to be noice.

I do wish Swobo still sold a Folsom complete, instead of just the frame and fork. I may just grab the frame, then go custom on it, even if the bike is aluminum. But, it's bombproof aluminum.

Decisions,...decisions,...decisions,...
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Since I'm 5'11'' I can get away with either a 24" or 26" BMX bike. I require a cromo frame, which seems hard to come by. The exception being mostly SE Bikes,...and I'm trying not to go with their brand. My LBS said they're a bit difficult to work with. For what I'll be paying, I think customer service is a necessity. The Taj seems to be noice.

I do wish Swobo still sold a Folsom complete, instead of just the frame and fork. I may just grab the frame, then go custom on it, even if the bike is aluminum. But, it's bombproof aluminum.

Decisions,...decisions,...decisions,...
$145 for the Folsom Frame/Fork/HS is pretty tempting!
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$145 for the Folsom Frame/Fork/HS is pretty tempting!
Ooof, $30 shipping though.
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Ooof, $30 shipping though.
I tried emailing them, repeatedly, and calling. No response. I'm not wasting my money on a company that no longer exists,...I'm passing on a Swobo frame.
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Up - date to the Framed 29'er.
Only thing that needed to be replaced was the weak seat post clamp. $7.00 local bike shop fix.
Things added or in the mail below..........
Really like this bike, Rolls really well.............
Doing a 12 mile daily ride. Having a blast!

Brooks B-67 Pre-Aged seat and Brooks Challenge Tool Bag
Fit High top stem
BSD STAINLESS 9.5 BARs
Identiti Rebate V adapters part # FKITRBA
Avid Front V Brake Single Digit 7
Avid FR5 levers
BB7 Caliper
And am looking for some 180mm light cromo cranks......

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SWEET!!! I'm still on the fence, since I'd prefer a 24" wheeled BMX.
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And now it stops and everything!
180mm cranks in the mail........



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I guess you've solved the problem I was afraid I'd encounter - no front brake. Thanks bro,...
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Clamps customerservice@enemite.co.uk Identiti Rebate V adapters part # FKITRBA $37.84 shipped to the USA.
Problem solved. Super quality part.


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Looks like those calipers took some serious heat! Lol! Good times... So... Any advice on 4 piece handle bars and a good layed back seat post?
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Looking for a 27.2mm x 350-400mm seat post with some serious setback myself..........

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Ordered this post today. Killer deal........
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Thanks!I've been jumping curbs and speed bumps lately and get a bunch of thumbs up while riding around. I've found riding around helps my knee allot.

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I ended up finding an old 24 speed haro escape sport with caliper brakes. It's a 26" wheeled, 17.5" framed bike. It fits more like a 26" BMX, as it's older styled frame has (apparently) a BMX based geometry. I'll swap seat, handlebars, and the shot front suspension fork, and see what I come up with.

Either way, I can't afford an SE Om Duro, but for a $60 Facebook sales group beater I think I did pretty good. Especially considering the Deore LX drivetrain.
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