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has anybody seen this frame before?

Old 07-06-06, 04:13 AM
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has anybody seen this frame before?

hi..i got this bike a year ago and honestly, i couldnt find any info about this frame. never heard of this brand at all but it's relatively cheap. as you can see, the welding part is neat and at first i thought it was carbon but it just aluminium SL 7005 material. in fact, this bike nearly qualified to sit inside the "under $700 bike" thread.

here are some the pics that i took.

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9228/p10109780qb.jpg


http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4120/p10109795el.jpg

http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/8017/p10109800ei.jpg

http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/914/p10109818pc.jpg

i have spent some times digging out which frame it belongs to. the seatstay is quite interesting and the chainstay length is about 41.5cm. Hope someone can help me out. thanks
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Old 07-06-06, 04:22 AM
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Not a clue, but for a Shimmy group and what appears to be some decent welding in an alloy frame reminiscent of a C'dale, I would say it's a decent bike, just from your pics posted. You can never truly tell how good a bike is, until you weigh it, then ride it.
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Old 07-06-06, 04:41 AM
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Welds are tight, bike looks sweet...enjoy it!
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Old 07-06-06, 08:23 AM
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The brand was marketed most recently by COSTCO stores. I've seen it in the MTB configuration. I found this phone number:

MOTIV SPORTS INC. 714/479-0100
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Motiv is Costco's house brand of bike.
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Old 07-06-06, 08:43 AM
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That's a pretty generic looking bike. I've never been a fan of sanded/filed TIG welds - they allow the welder to hide mistakes.
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Costco? Getdaf*ckouttahere! That's a nice ride for a warehouse bike. I'm sure even if I had a bike that pretty, the bike snobs around here would still shun me. I had a Tommaso (Chinese) aluminum that looked...well...not as good as this one, but it still got me no respect--until the hills came and i started dropping tose who shunned me. Ha!

Nice bike...seriously.
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I'm pretty sure Motiv was a house brand at Supergo before it got swallowed up by Performance and Nashbar. Should be a decent bike and the frame is probably fine, just had a retail price of around $100.
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Old 07-06-06, 10:20 AM
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Looks like it is very similar to the Scattante frame I just bought. Manufactured in Taiwan.

The Scattante frame does not have sanded welds though. The frame with a carbon fork retails for $180 on sale. Not $100. If urbanknight can find this for $100 - please show us!

Great frame by the way. Nice and tight, solid handling esp. on climbs, great sprinter.
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hi again. i just checked the manual and some stickers on the frame and i noticed some korean words. *scratches head. ANyway, i`ll update some more pics.

as for the weight, i think it's safe to say the frame weight is below 1.5kg or somewhere between it. quite heavy though. by default, the bike comes with 105 groupset except i changed the sti to dura-ace and the price still between $750 and $800 USD. I cant ask for more. Just a lil bit dissapointed with the wheelset. It sucks...

well..yeah..climbing is great. especially with a sub-55kg rider on it
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More info please... where did you buy it? Costco I guess... What do the little diamond shaped frame stickers say? Though those stickers aren't from Kinesis, I know they brand their butted tubing as 'superlight' or SL. 7005 butted tubing is just fine, and you seem to have shaped main tubes and curved stays, so even better. You say 'under $700' so what did you pay? I've seen that fork around the net, has a concave trailing edge instead of the typical teardrop wing cross section.
I wish I had a Costco nearby, they have great generic branded stuff like led flashlights but that's another forum.
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Correction, if I squint right, what I thought was an "A" on your stickers is in fact the "K" for Kinesis, who are a Taiwanese maker of frames and forks for many many brands, including Mongoose, Jamis, and Cannondale. Nashbar's frames are Kinesis.
What kind of wheels are they and what is wrong with them? Nuvations? That low spoke front won't stay true? Seems to me that's where 'discount' bikes cut cost. Dang, you are lighter than me, and you have wheel probs? :^)

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Doesn't appear to be Costco - at least not current Costco. They're selling a 'Cadillac' bike:

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...v=&browse=&s=1
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Giant makes bikes for just about everyone. They are an OEM builder.
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Motiv is Costco's house brand of bike.
ridden in the TDF by Joe Kirkland.
 
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Originally Posted by DocRay
ridden in the TDF by Joe Kirkland.
Alrighty... this is not a joke i'm actually making... For some reason it popped into my head when I read this post and saw your avatar... I'm simply relaying the totally natural, totally reflexive thought that magically appeared...

"so, does TDF stand for Tour de Flanders?" <--- referencing your avatar...

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Originally Posted by gurana
Alrighty... this is not a joke i'm actually making... For some reason it popped into my head when I read this post and saw your avatar... I'm simply relaying the totally natural, totally reflexive thought that magically appeared...

"so, does TDF stand for Tour de Flanders?" <--- referencing your avatar...

somebody kill me. I swear, I would never say that in public
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That was damn funny!
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Originally Posted by wile e. coyote
Correction, if I squint right, what I thought was an "A" on your stickers is in fact the "K" for Kinesis, who are a Taiwanese maker of frames and forks for many many brands, including Mongoose, Jamis, and Cannondale. Nashbar's frames are Kinesis.
What kind of wheels are they and what is wrong with them? Nuvations? That low spoke front won't stay true? Seems to me that's where 'discount' bikes cut cost. Dang, you are lighter than me, and you have wheel probs? :^)

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indeed, the sticker at seat tube says something like "Motiv SL series 7005 aluminium" and the printing at the carbon fork is "carbon fibre kinesis". i think it's a taiwan's kinesis frame although i couldnt this frame at its website.

at first, i thought it was really a cannondale CAAD3 frameset used by team saeco/cannondale but the seatstay isnt quite the same as well as the chainstay length.

on to the wheelset, the clicking FREAKING LOUD. louder than campag's i think. same story as the frame, cant find the info of this wheelset bearing the name of "equation". i found some clues though. there's a small print says it was distributed by Alex. it could be alexrims. i still dont really understand this wheelset. it's kinda hard to turn ..someting like "stiff". but it does good anyway. just a small complain though.
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A Costco bike without a triple?
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brake hoods shouldn't point to the sky...

rotate them down a bit so that you can reach them from the drops
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yeah..i tried that but i prefer higher hood. sorta more comfortable on it. my fingers are long enough to reach the lever anyway
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so where'd you got it from? costco? neat looking bike heh.
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there is no way those brake hods can be comfortable. You are going to hit a pot hole and break your wrists. Not to mention it looks ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Not a clue, but for a Shimmy group and what appears to be some decent welding in an alloy frame reminiscent of a C'dale, I would say it's a decent bike, just from your pics posted. You can never truly tell how good a bike is, until you weigh it, then ride it.
Weigh it, paint it, then ride it.
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