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Old 03-27-16, 08:45 AM
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Tsunami Steel Frames?

i was searching china's taobao, looking at forks, when i ran
across this ad for a 26" cromoly trekking/touring frame:

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm...d=522925306215

anyone familiar with this brand? the googles tells me tsunami bikes is a small builder
in arizona specializing in aluminum frames. these appear to be taiwan production.
i assume the common name is purely coincidental.

only size this seller has is 48cm for the wee folks. same problem with these taiwan
production windspeed touring frames....43 or 46cm.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm...d=521685834005

prices not bad; tsunami about $175 frame+fork, windspeed about $115 frame+fork

the windspeed fork is sold separately for $20, the tsunami fork is $60.

did see a few aliexpress ads selling tsunami steel frames stateside for $500+
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I only see Flotsam from a Tsunami washing ashore on the beaches.. Fukushima sent a lot adrift.

I am clueless . that from PRC or ROC?

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Never heard of them but the frame looks a wee bit like the Soma Saga Disc/Canti. I would maybe look around on some more Chinese internets and see if you can find more about them. It is also wholly possible they make frames for others and also slap some stickers on for themselves to sell in China.
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Never heard of them but the frame looks a wee bit like the Soma Saga Disc/Canti. I would maybe look around on some more Chinese internets and see if you can find more about them. It is also wholly possible they make frames for others and also slap some stickers on for themselves to sell in China.
oh, i'm sure of it. it's pretty much standard here in the factories to
over-order the materials, so at the completion of the order, can
then continue production.

most times they'll slap on a new label, which looks eerily like the
famous label......with a slight mis-spelling so technically it's not
an IPR violation.

not sure from the text if these are taiwan production frames, or
more likely PRC production using taiwan tubing and braze-on
widgets.

frame looks close, but so many little differences doesn't seem same-same.
the tsunami even has a spoke holder.
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Why not a replica of LHT built by some reputable frame maker?
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm...ucket=1#detail
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Originally Posted by saddlesores
oh, i'm sure of it. it's pretty much standard here in the factories to
over-order the materials, so at the completion of the order, can
then continue production.

most times they'll slap on a new label, which looks eerily like the
famous label......with a slight mis-spelling so technically it's not
an IPR violation.

not sure from the text if these are taiwan production frames, or
more likely PRC production using taiwan tubing and braze-on
widgets.

frame looks close, but so many little differences doesn't seem same-same.
the tsunami even has a spoke holder.
Can you send me one of those Batt Baap shirts, that thing is awesome. The Arm and Tomahawk is pretty sweet to but I feel like it would not go through customs so well. I will happily send some American dollars for one if you can find a unisex XL (american size)
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Originally Posted by chrischen98
Why not a replica of LHT built by some reputable frame maker?
damn! how could i have missed that one? but not like LHT....see the rear dropouts?
frame like the tsunami, but has the same rear end as the saga.

sadly....much too small for mr. studdly. largest size is 54, suitable for 1.80m
leprechauns.

but i like the fork.....looks like the larger frames have 360mm steerer tubes.
will have to see if they sell separate.
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Better check out boskey. I suspect it's the most popular steel touring frame available in mainland China. No doubts most of those frames are manufactured in some OEM factory as they have never shown how they are made.

Sure they are some awesome welders because they are capable of making customized bike frame with S&S coupling and belt drivetrain compatibility.

They also make decent steel racks that resembles the tubus ones - at around $20. Lots of quality parts can be obtained from their taobao site.
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i've seen the boskey site, some nice stuff. 10-speed microshift thumbies.
they currently only have 700c frames. their razer model looks same as
tsunami with different fork

boskey: forks not sold separatly. must continue use of chopsticks.
blacksnow: new seller, so far only sold a few spokes, likely just a
test of the seller page. no response yet.

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LKLM开朗318旅行自行车架铬钼钢4130川藏青藏长途骑行重载钢车架 https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?ut_...d=526420796910

Those frames were also featured at eurobike I guess.

LKLM Seems to be a mature touring bike company rather than other sole traders on taobao.

I'll definitely go with this one - internal cable routing, quality steel, Taiwanese-made quality frame parts and awesome paintwork inside out. Only at a cost of a pair of orbiteb pannier!

Size 58 frame is also available.

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Not to mention they got 10 years warranty for the frame
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I like the look of the LKLM frames too. Their facebook page has got some good pics of rides into Tibet and the himalayas. They look like serious touring riders rather than guys looking for a quick buck.
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