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Old 12-19-05, 12:39 AM   #1
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Just a quick question about that kashimax top tube protector before I got to bed.

How do you put it on!?
I'm under the impression that its a section of plastic... so it slides on?

and... why is it $40 ? (I guess I understand if its NJS stamped)

yea... I've been bothered by this for a few nights now.
(at least I know what purpose it serves now. hoorah.)
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Old 12-19-05, 01:30 AM   #2
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$40 cuz it's sexy...
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Old 12-19-05, 01:47 AM   #3
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It is split down one side and has a thin piece of metal inside to give it some clamping strength. It's sticky rubber, not hard plastic. Nobody knows why it's $40.
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Old 12-19-05, 02:10 AM   #4
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it's $40 because (enough) people will pay $40 for it.
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Old 12-19-05, 02:15 AM   #5
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electrical tape: $1
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Old 12-19-05, 07:27 AM   #6
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i dont like them things on the top bar,they r ugly,i think if u have enuff bar tape on that should cusion it
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Old 12-19-05, 10:34 AM   #7
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i just like the name....Kashimax, has a ring to it.....those bad boys are NJS aprooved are they not?
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nope - some of their seats and straps are, but the tube protectors are not.
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Old 12-19-05, 11:14 AM   #9
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those things are mind-numbingly ugly. blech.
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Old 12-19-05, 12:07 PM   #10
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it's $50 if you buy it from bicycle habitat
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Old 12-19-05, 12:13 PM   #11
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This is kind of like wondering why people spend thousands of dollars on diamond rings. At least the kashimax has a functional utility.

$31 BIN on ebay, Brannan. (+ 5 shipping). You're jumping, I know.
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Old 12-19-05, 12:20 PM   #12
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$36-50 for the same functional ability as a bandana or electrical tape is the point.
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Old 12-19-05, 12:32 PM   #13
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This is kind of like wondering why people spend thousands of dollars on diamond rings. At least the kashimax has a functional utility.

$31 BIN on ebay, Brannan. (+ 5 shipping). You're jumping, I know.

been there seen that. there will come a time i'm sure, but in the meantime my innertube and electrical tape version works just fine

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Old 12-19-05, 01:05 PM   #14
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Well worth the money. Why do you think there are so many frames out there with dents in the top tube?
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Old 12-19-05, 01:12 PM   #15
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i don't think the question is whether you need something to protect your top tube as much as it is one about whether you should spend a ton of money on that stupid ass kashimax one.
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Is it 40 times more protective than a $1 bandana or roll of electrical tape as the price would suggest?
I doubt it.
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Old 12-19-05, 01:29 PM   #17
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Also, it's really ugly.
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But not as ugly as a bandana.

Don't like 'em? Then don't buy one.
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Old 12-19-05, 02:44 PM   #19
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leftover bar tape + electrical tape.
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Old 12-19-05, 05:56 PM   #20
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Maybe I'm paranoid but I layered mine thusly:

1st: layer of electrical tape on frame to protect the paint from rubber chemicals
2nd: layer of tube, so really two layers of rubber.
3rd: layer of bar tape.
4th: final layer of electrical tape.

Probably overkill but I don't worry if my bar swings back when I'm carrying it up stairs or otherwise.
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Old 12-19-05, 05:59 PM   #21
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I wish it wasn't such a dirty color.
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Old 12-19-05, 05:59 PM   #22
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i have a top tube protector and i love it. Works great!
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Old 12-19-05, 06:00 PM   #23
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i've said it before, and i'll say it again:

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Old 12-19-05, 06:08 PM   #24
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Dolface, great idea..I gotta go check out some tubing....

I laugh at how some people are calling the Kashimax' outrageously expensive, yet they are kitting their bikes with NJS stuff(which is typically way expensive..moreso than the Kashimax)
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Sorry, I like the Kashimax tt protector. The metal makes for better ding-protection than electrical tape and when I lock the bike up I use it to prevent the frame from rubbing on whatever I'm locking up to.
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