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Old 08-02-12, 11:56 PM
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The future of Drillium?

http://www.delta7bikes.com/ascend-road-bike.htm
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Old 08-03-12, 12:09 AM
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High end carbon frames are a lot lighter. I wonder who will be the first to lose there face down the road with this one.
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Old 08-03-12, 12:21 AM
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well the stresses are on the joints.. Double Butted steel is thicker on the ends.
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Old 08-03-12, 12:22 AM
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Someone over at the paceline forums has this. I think they loved it too.
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Old 08-03-12, 01:48 AM
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It does look kinda fun in a novelty sort of way. Seems like that frame might be terrible for you in the wrong crash, though.
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High end carbon frames are a lot lighter. I wonder who will be the first to lose there face down the road with this one.
I think their high end road frame is supposed to be 1.8lbs. Are carbon frames lighter than that? If so, that's pretty darn impressive.
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Old 08-03-12, 10:09 AM
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whoa that is ugly and dumb
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Old 08-03-12, 10:10 AM
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That's not Drillium. That's Sillyum.
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Old 08-03-12, 10:28 AM
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Mostly a rich man's "conversation piece" ride IMO. As it does not really solve any problems with it's new design...but kudos still for them coming up with something different.
They had one for sale at an LBS and it took them a couple of years to find the buyer for it. IIRC, it was something around $6K for just the frameset!
The guy that finally bought it must be the same one that also bought the cool looking $2K DT aluminum truing stand that they had for sale in the same shop as the two dissapeared about the same time. Oh, the fun one can have with so much money!

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Old 08-03-12, 11:16 AM
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That's not Drillium. That's Sillyum.

+1, it's gross.
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Old 08-03-12, 11:37 AM
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and heavy. Seriously, why spend this kind of dough while Wilier offers a 700 gram frame of the rack, if it's weightweenie you want, with some Italian panache on the side as a bonus?
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Old 08-03-12, 11:39 AM
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Aesthetically it doesn't do anything for me but those bikes have been out for awhile and I'm sure they ride just fine.
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Old 08-03-12, 03:08 PM
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Iso-grid composites have been used for high performance applications for a long time, namely in the aerospace industry. They are very very strong and light.
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Old 08-03-12, 03:10 PM
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Since they seem to have been used, I'm guessing there aren't any aerodynamic issues? Seems like they would wreak havoc with airflow around the frame.
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Old 08-03-12, 03:22 PM
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I dunno, but it only seems to really impress people with enginering/design interests. It sure caught my eye as an architect, Not that it looked beautiful to me, but just very interesting... (I'd take any of my lugged/tubed bikes over this thing anytime, but I'll still gladly take it if anyone ever gave me one)....otherwise, I suspect the majority of cyclists out there will find it kinda unattractive after the first shock/awe view of it.......Maybe if one can put their pet gerbil or snake in that top tube "cage", more people will be amazed with the bike when you ride it!

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Old 08-03-12, 04:51 PM
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In a slightly less "art for art's sake" vein, the people at Santana are doing interesting things by aggressively "drilling" Ti tube then reinforcing with crabon fribe.
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Old 08-03-12, 04:54 PM
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In a slightly less "art for art's sake" vein, the people at Santana are doing interesting things by aggressively "drilling" Ti tube then reinforcing with crabon fribe.
Hollands (no relation) does that too, a sort of "net" of Ti around cf tubes. Cool stuff. Then again, isotruss systems in a bike application? No thanks. For riding this frame may be fine, but in anisotropic loading, like leaning against a pole, or falling on a bottle/stone/curb this looks scary to me.
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Crabon Fribe. Didn't he play third base for the Cubs?
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Old 08-03-12, 05:03 PM
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Crabon Fribe. Didn't he play third base for the Cubs?
No silly, "Buster" Crabon Fribe played Flush Gridiron in the 30's!....
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Old 08-03-12, 05:15 PM
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I saw one of those in a crit race that was part of a state wide tour about two years ago so it was getting some actual use and not just a roof rack queen. Not saying if someone gave one to me I'd turn it away but I have better things to spend my money on bicycle wise.
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Old 08-03-12, 06:20 PM
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If you watch the video on the frame, they show a camera man jumping on one of the main tubes. So, I wouldn't worry as much about the bike gently hitting something, I guess, but I wouldn't want to get into a nasty tangle with those protruding bits or maybe a finger caught in one during a crash...

Again, their high end frame, which they said is MSRP of $6000, weighs only 1.8lbs. Why have multiple people now mentioned it being heavy, and one mentioning that another company has one that weighs 700grams? Those are about the same weight...
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Old 08-03-12, 06:33 PM
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When the wind whistles through the frame it it plays the latest Justin Bieber hit.
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After the crit, you can make 'Slaw with it
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After the crit, you can make 'Slaw with it
Throw a pair of spinergy rev-x wheels on there and you can shed slaw AND CHOP!!!

Seriously, that bike made me love my garage of vintage steel, even more.
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Will make for a great cheese grater on rainy non-riding days too....
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