i am buying a few different Soma frames (juice, groove, smoothie). Soma is in the process of switching to Tange prestige for their main tubes. they previously used Reynolds 631 for their main tubes. i think they use chromo 4130 ?? on the rear triangle for both the older Reynolds and the newer Tange frames.
two of the frames are mtb and one is a road.
would you even care which frameset you received?
i think the Tange is not quite available as widespread yet and the Reynolds is cheaper because they want to clear stock and stuff. as far as i know, the geometries are all still the same.
i do want these frames to last a long time and i plan on taking care of them and not abusing their intended use (XC only on the mtb, no jumping, dropping, dh'ing, etc...)
i weigh around 135lbs.
another question, i already have the 631 juice frame. i was being all anal and inspecting the frame and stuff. i was trying evaluate the welds, but i don't know what i am looking for. anyhow, i was looking into the head tube and i could notice just a slight dimpling (kind of like bleed through of the weld) where the top tube joined. it was just in a small area, not fully around the whole top tube junction.
is that a sign of a poor quality weld or a sign of good quality...like almost full penetrance of the weld or something. i don't know what i am talking about, but i think you know what i mean. as far as i know, the frames are made over seas.
if you don't have time to answer all my questions, i understand. maybe you know of other thread links or websites you could point me to.
1) would you care which main tubes you received? Tange prestige vs Reynolds 631, is the tange even considered an upgrade?
2) is weld "bleed through" on the inside of Head Tube a good sign or bad sign? or am i inspecting my frame way too close???