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    Bikes Direct Team Fly Weld

    I have a question. I was looking closely at this bike: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ly_TI_2x10.htm

    When I blow up the picture there seems to be a little hole in the welding. Can anyone confirm? I'd imagine a small 'dink' in the weld is acceptable and won't harm the strength. I really like the price of this bike and just need help deciding.


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    You will not be buying the one in the photo, and all of the welds aren't going to be identical.

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    ^^. . . or perfect. There will always be minute anomalies, especially where the bead is started and stopped; but as long as there are no out-and-out voids or slag pockets you should have no worries.


    If you're really concerned, insist on the magnafluxing documentation for your exact frame when you place the order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
    You will not be buying the one in the photo, and all of the welds aren't going to be identical.
    Yes that's right. I'll get a different frame. Do you think if I do get a small hole that water could get in? Maybe Ti frames don't rust though.

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    Oh man, small holes in titanium can be disastrous. The void in the surface over time causes a misalignment in the submolecular microstructure between the base titanium and the annealing zirconium atoms. As the grain structures of the two dissimilar alloys get out of phase, it causes the metal to exhibit characteristics of an event horizon in miniature. This in turn causes the frame to, quite without warning, implode on itself, sucking the attached components in with it to the point of irretrievability.

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    ^^ I've said it before and I'll say it again...d0uchebag!

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    ^^ If you weren't such a girl, I'd slug you the next time I see you.

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    ^^ Pffft! Bring it old man!

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    If you're worried about little imperfections in the frame, you need to buy a perfect frame. *cough*Yeti*cough*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    ...you need to buy a perfect frame. *cough*Yeti*cough*
    There's something wrong with you and D!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Oh man, small holes in titanium can be disastrous. The void in the surface over time causes a misalignment in the submolecular microstructure between the base titanium and the annealing zirconium atoms. As the grain structures of the two dissimilar alloys get out of phase, it causes the metal to exhibit characteristics of an event horizon in miniature. This in turn causes the frame to, quite without warning, implode on itself, sucking the attached components in with it to the point of irretrievability.
    ...taking along your nuts on the implosion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Oh man, small holes in titanium can be disastrous. The void in the surface over time causes a misalignment in the submolecular microstructure between the base titanium and the annealing zirconium atoms. As the grain structures of the two dissimilar alloys get out of phase, it causes the metal to exhibit characteristics of an event horizon in miniature. This in turn causes the frame to, quite without warning, implode on itself, sucking the attached components in with it to the point of irretrievability.
    Sucked me right in. As a chemist, I was through the second sentence reading the third thinking, "Man this guy is good". Then read the rest. Felt like fish with big hook in my mouth.
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    too bad annealing is a heat treatment process and not related to any specific atoms.
    "interstitial" was the word.

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    Yikes, first it's a small dink, and then your nuts go. Stay away from that frame!

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