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Old 01-10-13, 02:38 PM   #1
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54cm Nashbar touring frame VS 17 inch WDCycle Elite frame

I just received my 17 inch WDCycle Elite frame from Zestbicycleshop on eBay. As I assumed, the measurements are:
135mm dropout (mountain bike wheel hub compatible)
68mm bottom bracket (often used)
31.8mm front derailleur
27.2mm seatpost
1-1/8" regular threadless headset

and can easilly clear a 26x1.95 tire (who knows, may take up to 2.25)
and as you can see, can take either V-brakes or disc brakes and is capable of putting on a full length rear fender and has eyelets for a backrack as well. It also takes a top pull front derailleur.

I compared it to a 54cm Nashbar touring frame in the pictures. Oddly enough, despite how it appears on pics at certain angles, the top tube length really do like exactly the same. And even more surprising for me is the fact that it appears to be also the exact same top tube length as my CCM Excelsior hybrid bicycle from Canadian Tire. I'm 5'8-1/2" with a 83.5cm inseam and I find this CCM hybrid bicycle is the most comfortable I've had in my life.

The last time I checked, they had some silver ones in 15, 17 and 18 inch but I think I got the last 17 inch WDCycle Elite frame in titanium color (for now, unless they get more). They also had orange in 16 and 18 inch.

Weight of both frames although not measured felt like the same in my arms. Both are very nice-looking frames except the only thing that concerns me is the fact that the hole in the dropout for the rear wheel in the Elite frame doesn't look very large. I mean I think I may have to put on a lot of torque to secure the rear wheel. So, I don't know if anyone wants to give any feedback on that.

I was relieved about this frame because my 18 inch winter mountain bike feels just a bit too big. This one is just a bit shorter so it may do the trick for my size. Also, the chainstay looks like a regular 42.5cm one which is shorter than the Nashbar touring frame.

All I have to confirm for now is whether 80mm or 100mm travel fork work better. From my research on other inexpensive frames, people say 100mm but as for now all I know is Zestbicycleshop said either 80mm or 100mm travel fork.

I just want to note I took a pic of what I thought was a dent in the Elite frame then I saw the Nashbar had the same "dent" so I assume it's normal. And I also took a pic at how the frame is curved in the back of the Elite.

I didn't count the number of days, but I think the delivery from China took less than 10 days.

Since it says "recreational geometry" on the frame, I'm assuming this frame might be comfortable for long distance touring as well so that's why I put it in this forum.

By the way, it did have the rear derailleur hanger (as did the Nashbar frame).

There you go, a 54cm Nashbar touring frame VS a 17 inch WDCycle Elite mountain bike suspension fork frame.
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Old 01-10-13, 04:55 PM   #2
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54 cm is like 21.25" . I can say that much..

looks like the main dimension change is a result of top tube slope being lessened.
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Wow, I just discovered something pretty interesting to me. I put on a Canondale stem I got on sale from icyclesusa.com, slid in the fork from Nashbar and slid in a seatpost in the WDCycle Elite frame to see what the distance would be from the center of the handlebars to the end of the seatpost. On my CCM Excelsior which I find it very upright and comfortable, it's about 62cm. On my Supercycle mountain bike which I find is a bit of a stretch to be on, it's 66cm. Anyway, I measured on the 17 inch WD Cycle Elite frame and it comes to 62cm which is what I was looking for. Maybe I could have had a bit shorter, I'm not sure. But I'm relieved to see it's the same as my comfortable hybrid.

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