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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-13-08, 12:37 PM   #1
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Volume Bikes Cutter Frame

http://www.volumebikes.com/frames-cutter.html

What do you guys think of this frame? I'm thinking of picking it up over the surly steamroller because of the lifetime warranty..anybody ridden this frame?
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Old 11-13-08, 01:04 PM   #2
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$350 for a heat-treated frame is pretty reasonable. Couple that with the dope paint and I'd bite if I were in the market.
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Old 11-13-08, 01:40 PM   #3
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That blue one's pretty.
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Old 11-13-08, 02:32 PM   #4
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cant forget the fact that the top and down tubes are gusseted nearest the headtube for added strength, not to mention the LIFETIME guarantee. if you break the frame, they will replace it, no questions asked. what?! needless to say, i have one on the way




edit: my bad OP, i should have read your full post. you mentioned the lifetime thingy already.
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Old 11-13-08, 03:38 PM   #5
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Nasty looking welds and weird track ends...the gussets are cool though.

What's with the 26.6 seatpost? Is that a BMX standard?

The angles are a bit closer to "track" geometry than the Steamroller.

"Lifetime" warrantees are kind of useless unless you really know all the details. Would this replace it in a crash with a car? Will Volume be around in 6 years, let alone be producing a fixed gear frame? What about damage from water and salt and such?
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Old 11-13-08, 03:49 PM   #6
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The BB is just too low.
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Old 11-14-08, 12:42 AM   #7
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The bb height isn't listed?

26.6 mm seatpost is likely just the ID of the tubing that was easiest for them to get. Most chromoly bmx frames use a 25.4 seatpost, with a few exceptions using 26.8 and 27.0.
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Old 11-14-08, 06:11 AM   #8
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which has a lower bottom bracket the cutter or the gangsta track?
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Old 11-14-08, 06:26 AM   #9
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the fork is ugly and so are the drop outs, but it looks like it would make a nice trick bike.
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Old 11-14-08, 07:31 AM   #10
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Ugliest f***ing welds ever.
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Ugliest f***ing welds ever.
Yeah, but somehow those same ugly welds hold up on BMX frames and they're completely fine. I trust Volume and Brian Castillo knows what he's doing. Bmx companies making frames makes sense, maybe people will stop snapping off their front ends while jumping off curbs.
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Sloppy and very ugly. Stick with the surly.
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Ugliest f***ing welds ever.
You're totally right. I wouldn't buy a bike from some fledgling company that barely knows how to make bikes, and can't even make their welds look pretty.
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welds are too pretty but overall its a nice looking bike
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Nasty looking welds and weird track ends...the gussets are cool though.

What's with the 26.6 seatpost? Is that a BMX standard?

The angles are a bit closer to "track" geometry than the Steamroller.

"Lifetime" warrantees are kind of useless unless you really know all the details. Would this replace it in a crash with a car? Will Volume be around in 6 years, let alone be producing a fixed gear frame? What about damage from water and salt and such?
25.4 is the bmx standard idk wtf is up with the 26.6.

I have delt with their warranties, they were completely willing to give me a new frame even though my dropouts were ruined because my center axle in my freecoaster snapped. They are some of the nicest guys in the world.

As for damage from water, you show me a company that makes steel frames that will warranty a bike because of water damage.

Thats right their arn't any because its a dumbass idea to do that.
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You're totally right. I wouldn't buy a bike from some fledgling company that barely knows how to make bikes, and can't even make their welds look pretty.
I'm actually not sure if you're serious or not, but I'm about to reply as if you were.

First, they're hardly a "fledgling" bike company. Volume has been in the bmx market for 7 or 8 years now, and as far as I know, are a healthy company.

Pretty welds are not the same as effective welds. I'm not saying they're mutually exclusive, but I AM saying that what matters about welds is that they're strong and have good penetration. Also, Volume has their frames made overseas, so the issue of them not "making their welds look pretty" isn't really in their hands.
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