I am sure it would be serviceable and worth it at 90 dollars. I mean, 90 bucks? It is worth a shot in my book if you need a frame. I would put cheap yet durable parts on it and treat it like a red headed stepchild. I would get a rigid fork for it (not the Nashbar one, go surly). I would crash it into trees.
Please don't compare it to a Gunnar frame that was handbuilt in the USA out of superior steel.
Of course it is cheaper. It is made out of 4130 . It was welded by drunken midgets in a factory in taiwan. It will be heavier and ride like a tank. I have a bike (surly 1x1) made out of 4130 Cromo welded by drunken midgets in a factory in taiwan. It is heavy and rides like a tank. Good for what it is good for. Beating the hell out of and not worrying about.
I don't expect it to ride like my gunnar and it doesn't.
As long as your expectations are proper in that you are not going to be getting a great steel frame I would say go for it. you will be getting a heavy steel frame capable of taking a beating while also delivering some of the benefits of steel.
I saw it too and was wondering the same thing. In my case, I like steel frames and could use it to build a steel commuter. I am undecided though so if you end up buying it please report on it. Is 4130 good or bad? You also have the Zion frames going for $200 at Jenson that are worth checking out but those are Reynolds tubing.
I saw it too and was wondering the same thing. In my case, I like steel frames and could use it to build a steel commuter.
Which is exactly what I'd do with it if I bought one
Originally Posted by jz19
Is 4130 good or bad?
It's actually pretty nice. It's not Reynolds or Columbus by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a far cry from Hi-ten and a bike made from 4130 CroMo will last (with proper care) virtually forever. I have a six year old 4130 Hardrock FS Comp that I've recently equipped with a Surly 1x1 rigid fork (also made of 4130) that I have no doubt will outlast several current and future Aluminum FS bikes for me. Basically all you need to do is keep up with scratches in the paint, and treat the inside of the tubing with J.P. Weigle's Frame Saver every so often