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Aluminum fixie recomendations ?

Old 02-19-16, 12:16 PM
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Aluminum fixie recomendations ?

Let me start out by saying - I am not a good enough rider to know the difference between aluminum and steel. And,
I am a good enough mechanic to take everything apart and clean and lube everything before riding it. We used to that in India to everything matter of fact.
So, I am leaning pretty hard toward a cheapo aluminum fixie (the dreaded W store brand or the T store brand kind) so I can practice my repair skill. Aluminum - so I can polish it, it will be for looks as well as for riding.

Any recommendations ? Is all the W and T store brands bad ?

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Most times raw aluminum frames are clearcoated. So you're going to have to sand off the clearcoat before polishing.

Oh and this thread if going to boil down to Aventon good, Leader bad.
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Oh and this thread if going to boil down to Aventon good, Leader bad.
I can just see a parade of people marching down the street outside Retrogression waving little red flags chanting this...
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Aventon and Crew also looks good. OK I gotta think about it now.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Most times raw aluminum frames are clearcoated. So you're going to have to sand off the clearcoat before polishing.

Oh and this thread if going to boil down to Aventon good, Leader bad.
After the last scuffle, isn't it.... Aventon good for the price, Leader bad at any price???

Anybody have some matches.....
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Newly redesigned Leader frames are coming soon. I guess we'll see.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Most times raw aluminum frames are clearcoated. So you're going to have to sand off the clearcoat before polishing.
I wouldn't sand clear coated Aluminum. I'll just leave it be. Shiny is all that matters to me.
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Newly redesigned Leader frames are coming soon. I guess we'll see.
A company that makes good frames doesn't need to "redesign" them every five months.

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A company that makes good frames doesn't need to "redesign" them every five months.
God forbid they change a bad design or anything...

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Do you have a link to the new Leaders ? IMO the 721 was always a good frame.
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The cretin is not bad either as far as leader aluminum frames go.
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Do you have a link to the new Leaders ? IMO the 721 was always a good frame.
Leader: 721/Cure 2016 - PEDAL Consumption

"Remastered 721 is coming soon with the following features:
Tapered Headtube / Integrated Head Logo / Crit Racing Geometry / Pure Horizontal Design / 7 Layered Water Paint / Ultimate Double Butted Tubing / 6061 T6 Alloy / Designed and Developed in San Diego / Lifetime Warranty"

The new 721 looks really good, and I really like that they changed the Cure, that bowed top tube looked too cruiser-ish. Has much more of a pursuit geo now.

Looks like good things coming from Leader this year. Normal seat clamps on those pictured, as well. They emailed me the entire Look book/spec sheets and full photosets of the new 721 and the Cure, I can pass them along if anyone's interested.

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The cretin is not bad either as far as leader aluminum frames go.
Yeah, I'm really pleased with mine. It's rather heavy, but alignment, welds and paint are very good. I'd put it in the same league as my Dolan Pre Cursa, except for the lower grade aluminum.
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Leader: 721/Cure 2016 - PEDAL Consumption

"Remastered 721 is coming soon with the following features:
Tapered Headtube / Integrated Head Logo / Crit Racing Geometry / Pure Horizontal Design / 7 Layered Water Paint / Ultimate Double Butted Tubing / 6061 T6 Alloy / Designed and Developed in San Diego / Lifetime Warranty"

The new 721 looks really good, and I really like that they changed the Cure, that bowed top tube looked too cruiser-ish. Has much more of a pursuit geo now.

Looks like good things coming from Leader this year. Normal seat clamps on those pictured, as well. They emailed me the entire Look book/spec sheets and full photosets of the new 721 and the Cure, I can pass them along if anyone's interested.
Those don't look bad at all.
I agree with the cure's top tube for once. Still indifferent with pursuit geo though.
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I'm half considering dumping my 725 frame for one of those new 721s when they come out, but that Cure looks cool, too...
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I'm half considering dumping my 725 frame for one of those new 721s when they come out, but that Cure looks cool, too...
I'd do that. The 721's a keeper for the long run with no goofy seatbinder to ruin the entire shabang over time.
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I'd do that. The 721's a keeper for the long run with no goofy seatbinder to ruin the entire shabang over time.
My 725 has actually been great, and I don't have that stupid integrated binder.
But just to be on the safe side, I made a little shim out of an aluminum can to go between the tube and the clamp, hasn't budged a fraction of a millimeter since I set it.
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God forbid they change a bad design or anything...

A company who makes good frames doesn't suffer from "bad designs" to begin with.

It seems that every version of Leader's 7-series frames (aside from the 721, which has always been ok) have been re-designed to overcome a problem with the previous version.

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A company who makes good frames doesn't suffer from "bad designs" to begin with.

Ahhhhem...



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This is dumb. Steel is real.
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this is dumb. Steel is real.
#shotsfired
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The documented issues with Bianchi's integrated seatpost binder wasn't necessarily due to a design flaw.

The main flaw was that most people are heavy-handed when tightening every bolt on their bike and as a result, the threads would become stripped. Once they replaced it with the collar design on the right, that was it. No need to redesign the damn thing ad nauseam.
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I know, that little bit of back-and-forth was fun though.
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This is dumb. Steel is real.
So is carbon fiber, but it does not rhyme....
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