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Old 05-23-19, 03:14 PM
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Also, a cracked steel frame can usually be repaired, while a cracked aluminum frame is usually bound for the recycler.
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Old 06-06-19, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
More important than the tubing number is the geometry and butting profile. Those two things will make more of a difference when it comes to weight and handling. A butting profile affects weight and flex. Bike geometry affects flex and handling. All those go into if a bike then feels right or not.

853 comes in regular 853, 853 pro team(lighter), and 853 DZB(double zonal butted). As an example I know well, Columbus Zona(quality tubing) comes in a host of butting profiles. The same diameter tube can have long butts, short butts, thinner gauge butting, or thicker gauge butting. So saying 'I want Zona tubing' is sort of like saying 'i want an apple' to a grocer- ok, what apple do you want- a granny smith, honeycrisp, disgusting red delicious?


All that is giving background for why it would be best to ask Gunnar what the specs of the tubing are. Are the top and down tubes .9/.6/.9 with long butts or are they .7/.4/.7 with short butts? Are the chainstays .9mm or .7/.5mm?
What they use will affect handling, feel, and weight. I just think that is more important than focusing on which model of tubing is used.

Email/call Gunnar. Good chance Richard Schwinn will answer/respond and he can go as deep or general on details as you want.
Richard is a very chatty and helpful guy. Especially if you get him on the phone. He will answer all of your questions.

My new Gunnar Hyper-xf is a bit heavier than I had anticipated, and also very stiff. But that's only one data point for a custom geo frame, so don't draw many conclusions from it.
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Old 06-09-19, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
Yep, a Ritchey would be high on my list If I wanted to spend a little more $$ than on a Genesis Croix de Fer

Genesis: https://road.cc/content/review/15896...e-fer-frameset

Ritchey: https://road.cc/content/review/23657...tback-frameset





I will wait patiently.

I have an old school double butted chromo road bike from back in the day when the art form was perfected. But I’ve always loved the look of bigger tires on a steel bike.
Sorry for the delay. Here it is with the off-road wheels (second pic.). Got the bike dirty on a nice ride in the mountains this weekend (first pic.):


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Old 06-09-19, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KeatonR View Post
Sorry for the delay. Here it is with the off-road wheels. Got the bike dirty on a nice ride in the mountains this weekend (see second pic):

Is this up near the Hayman Fire? It looks familiar.
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Old 06-09-19, 08:34 PM
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Is this up near the Hayman Fire? It looks familiar.
I think so. It was on the way up Logan Mill Road, kicked my ass. We had done Sunshine Canyon and Seven Hills, then down Poorman and were heading up Four Mile, but got turned back by construction so did Logan Mill and down Sugarloaf. Ended up with 3,000 feet of climbing on a day I wasn't entirely prepared for it.
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Old 06-09-19, 08:40 PM
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I forgot to mention you have a nice bike too.

I haven't been up there in a couple of years. I used to go camping up in that area a lot. We'd come in through Divide.

Between the altitude and all the hills I'm not sure I'd be able to ride very far up in that area.
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Old 06-10-19, 07:26 AM
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@KeatonR Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
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Coming along slowly but is a fun experience.
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Coming along slowly but is a fun experience.
Wow that was fast- when did you decide? Not long from decision to delivery either.
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Old 06-11-19, 06:13 PM
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Coming along slowly but is a fun experience.
Nice! Is that one of the framesets offered on eBay recently? Someone has a few red ones posted. Keep us posted about the build.
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Nice! Is that one of the framesets offered on eBay recently? Someone has a few red ones posted. Keep us posted about the build.
Yes, bought it as a frame and fork so I could treat the frame.
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Yes, bought it as a frame and fork so I could treat the frame.
Awesome. You got a good deal. Love the look of the red, too.
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