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Old 02-11-07, 05:17 AM   #1
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is this frame suitable for touring?

mtb frame

or here are some other frames: your feedback would be great please

frame a

frame b

frame c

frame d

frame e

frame f

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Old 02-11-07, 07:51 AM   #2
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Well, if you are still doing the 26" wheels thing as before, the only option seems to be the first frame (a). However, it does look like this is the frame company you wanted.

From their corporate info:

Our company was founded in 1987 and as a skilled frame maker, we specialize in producing various type of Top-End frames in steel, aluminum and carbon fiber composite materials. From conventional hardtail, suspension, recumbent, electrical, trial, dual slalom and BMX...to whatever you can name it, we are able to make it. We currently supply to global customers and many of them are the most reputed bicycle assemblers, such as Jamis, DMR, Ritchey, Surly, QBP, Planet X, Dawes, Greenspeed, Rans, Da Bomb, VooDoo, Sachs.... and so on.

Didn't see any prices though.

Frame a doesn't have any braze-ons for fenders, and only one set for racks when you need two. Frame B or D would really be better for touring, with a good number of braze-ons, but both use 700C wheels from what I can tell.
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Old 02-11-07, 09:22 AM   #3
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Well, if you are still doing the 26" wheels thing as before, the only option seems to be the first frame (a). However, it does look like this is the frame company you wanted.

From their corporate info:

Our company was founded in 1987 and as a skilled frame maker, we specialize in producing various type of Top-End frames in steel, aluminum and carbon fiber composite materials. From conventional hardtail, suspension, recumbent, electrical, trial, dual slalom and BMX...to whatever you can name it, we are able to make it. We currently supply to global customers and many of them are the most reputed bicycle assemblers, such as Jamis, DMR, Ritchey, Surly, QBP, Planet X, Dawes, Greenspeed, Rans, Da Bomb, VooDoo, Sachs.... and so on.

Didn't see any prices though.

Frame a doesn't have any braze-ons for fenders, and only one set for racks when you need two. Frame B or D would really be better for touring, with a good number of braze-ons, but both use 700C wheels from what I can tell.
thanks for the heads-up. it's quite frustrating! i am getting negative feedback from bike shops in taiwan regarding tour bike frame availability.

reynolds frames are manufactured in Taiwan in this factory, so i am hoping that i should have a chance of finding what would be suitable for the tour. yeah i'd be happiest with 26" wheels.
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Have you tried contacting Surly or Thorn and asking the name of their manufacturer or a location to purchase their frames in Taiwan?

It's going to be quite difficult to find a touring frame. Even though they are all made here, they are all made for export, and its incredibly difficult to buy just one or two, they try to sell them in bulk.

I found a great set of trekking handlebars the other day from a Taiwanese manufacturer, but they wanted me to buy 150,000 NT$ worth and wouldn't even provide the name of a distributor here.

It's the same with Apple products. They are made here, shipped to the States, and then some are shipped back here to be sold. I constantly hear talks about 'triangle trade.' It's just obscene.

Those frames look pretty good. I would probably go with one of the 700C wheel ones and buy a set of well built wheels (36 or 40 spokes). I know a guy here in Kaohsiung that builds wheels, and he's fluent in English.

You might be able to tell him what you want, your measurements, etc. and see if he can't find what you want. He did that for me.

His name is Justin Wang. I'll PM you his e-mail address.
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Try contacting Peter Snow at Bike China, he used to hang out on the touring-at-phred email list, and was always helpful with questions like this .

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I liked D and I have gone through 4 touring bikes. Most of the others did not appear to have the right braze-ons or geometry for touring. I'm curious. Why buy the frame in Tiawan? Travelling?
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The first two frames look the same. They just look like frames to me, not enough detail, they seem not to have eyelets for racks. Idealy what you want is a frame like this one which in a picture showing a wheel mounted, has a big gap between the rear wheel and the seatpost. It needs to look like more gap than on a touring bike since the 26" wheel is smaller.

Frame b&c looks like a racing frame, short and upright.

D is the touring frame, but I think it's 700c?

E ???

F looks nice. All you need to do is compare some numbers to other existing frames with the same wheel size check against surly etc...

I always thought their trekking bikes were a hoot. I would love to build this one out:

http://www.maxway.com.tw/cgi-bin/pro...t.pl?ProdID=49

or:

http://www.maxway.com.tw/cgi-bin/pro...t.pl?ProdID=39
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The first two frames look the same. They just look like frames to me, not enough detail, they seem not to have eyelets for racks. Idealy what you want is a frame like this one which in a picture showing a wheel mounted, has a big gap between the rear wheel and the seatpost. It needs to look like more gap than on a touring bike since the 26" wheel is smaller.

Frame b&c looks like a racing frame, short and upright.

D is the touring frame, but I think it's 700c?

E ???

F looks nice. All you need to do is compare some numbers to other existing frames with the same wheel size check against surly etc...

I always thought their trekking bikes were a hoot. I would love to build this one out:

http://www.maxway.com.tw/cgi-bin/pro...t.pl?ProdID=49

or:

http://www.maxway.com.tw/cgi-bin/pro...t.pl?ProdID=39
I'm livng in S Korea, and I figured a vacation in Taiwan would be nice, and I could possibly purchase some bike gear. S Korea isn't the best place to shop for bike gear outside of MTB's scope.
I like the Surly, but 700c are a no go.
Thorn Sherpa looks nice, and expensive incl delivery price.
I think it's looking like I will have to get some 26" wheels built in Taiwan and purchase the gearing components there if the price is right and try find a suitable frame, otherwise it'll ordered online, which i don't like because i would like to try it out first
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