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Old 05-13-12, 01:55 PM   #1
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Planet-X track frames

Has anyone on these boards tried planet-x frames? If so, what are your thoughts? I'm deciding between a carbon Planet-X frame, or maybe just gonig Dolan Track Champion. The Dolan Seta doesn't appeal to me too much. It seems the BB area doesn't seem too beefy (i haven't seen one in person), I could be wron about the Seta, and speaking out my butt, if I am please let me know.
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I have a friend on a planet-X track frame, and he loves it. One thing to keep in mind is that if you call them, they almost always have ones that didn't sticker or paint correctly, and can get them a bargain.
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I have a friend on a planet-X track frame, and he loves it. One thing to keep in mind is that if you call them, they almost always have ones that didn't sticker or paint correctly, and can get them a bargain.
Oh, score! Thanks for the protip!
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I've never ridden the Dolan Track Champion but (depending on fit obviously) it's definitely on my list of frames to look at when I move from my current Felt frame. As for the Planet-X, I previously road the Planet-X Pro SL Carbon road frame and loved the ride. Never had any issues. So if the track frame is built like the road frame I'd say it's definitely something to look at.
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I have bought a Planet X track frameset to build into my Pursuit bike, but is yet unbuilt due to other projects that need to be completed first (updates to the TT bike, road bike and MTB are ahead in the queue with the summer track season and next pursuits 6 months away).

Looks like a solid design, was well finished and has only had positive comments from the reviews I've read.

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They are nice. One great feature are the really long dropouts. This opens up lots of gear options when using the same chain.

I raced one for one season. The only complaint I had was that I could sometimes flex the rear triangle. But, I'm unusually heavy and therefore create more torque than most. When I got my Tiemeyer, I sold the Planet X to a friend of mine who still races it three seasons later. He likes it and his brother bought one soon after.
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Thanks everyone for the info.

Carleton, how heavy are you if I may ask? (I'm a fairly heavy dude as well)
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Thanks everyone for the info.

Carleton, how heavy are you if I may ask? (I'm a fairly heavy dude as well)
240+



("+" when I eat too many Oreos)
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Wow...that's quite the lineup of, ummm...normal people on bikes. I believe there may be a southern comfort food
regime being tested in Atalanta!
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regime being tested in Atalanta!
Yeah, we live on a steady diet of Protein Shakes and Collard Greens, hahaha!
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This is a little OT, but do you find that you have to build bikes/wheels differently because of the power you can induce?
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This is a little OT, but do you find that you have to build bikes/wheels differently because of the power you can induce?
Yes.

Torque during standing starts (where max torque happens) is a function of body weight. So, a bike for me would have to be stiffer than normal. I would easily flex standard steel frames like the Bianchi Pista. Then of course I'd need a higher spoke count for the rear wheel which gets torque transferred to it from the cranks via the chain. Lesser wheels feel mushy in the turns when the G forces are greater. I run 160PSI when others run a lot less. I've broken a Thomson X2 (2-bolt) stem during a standing start, so now I only use 4-bolt stems.

I had issues with my Felt TK1 because of the 1-bolt saddle binder not holding the saddle level. I'd hit a bump and the nose would tilt downward.

One good thing is that my bike/rider weight ratio is better. (BTW, I think this is a better way of evaluating bike weight). Let's say my bike is 17.5lbs with race wheels. At 240lbs, that's a ratio of 7.29%. For me to ride this bike would be like a 170lb guy riding a 12.4lb bike! So, I don't really sweat an extra gram here and there.
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Oh, and I only use chromoly saddle rails. I would imagine that I'd break Ti or Carbon rails if I hit the wrong bump while pulling hard into the saddle.
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They are nice. One great feature are the really long dropouts. This opens up lots of gear options when using the same chain.

I raced one for one season. The only complaint I had was that I could sometimes flex the rear triangle. But, I'm unusually heavy and therefore create more torque than most.
Sounds perfect for me then - a 170lb enduro. Looking forward to building this up!
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