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1995 Giant CFM-4, what can I do?

Old 01-12-21, 07:17 AM
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1995 Giant CFM-4, what can I do?

I'm not sure how classic or vintage it is but I want to figure out what I should do with it? Is it too old to risk with the carbon frame to fix up and make a decent hybrid out of it? Is it even worth it? It's in good shape, no handlebars or seat on it currently but everything else looks good. If I sell it as is, what should I ask? If it's scrap I understand as I don't want anyone buying it and possibly injuring themselves on the older carbon frame if it's too risky.

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Old 01-13-21, 09:19 AM
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Some of these have rigid forks, some have suspension.

If yours has a rigid fork, much easier to deal with, as there's very little to go wrong other than damage.

If yours has a suspension fork, first have to find out if the suspension is shot, as it often is after decades. If it is, can it be replaced or rebuilt?

Trying to get a suspension fork that fits - and retains somewhat the same angles and stack height - can be a nightmare, so I don't recommend that option.

There seems to be a bad vibe for older carbon/alu hybrid frames that I've never understood. Unless you're a really hard rider / masher, I wouldn't worry about frame integrity.
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Old 01-13-21, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for the reply,

It has the rigid fork and I never rode it hard. In fact I never went off road with it. Yeah, I think I read somewhere that those older CF frames may be/get brittle. After thinking about it, I really don't want to fix it up and would rather just sell it to someone who could find value in fixing it up.
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Old 01-13-21, 02:32 PM
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If I were trying to sell, I'd play up the lightweight frame and also the chatter-dampening nature of these alu / carbon hybrids. What is a dead feeling to some - the antithesis of a lively steel frame - can actually be a boon if your roads are less than ideal. Could be an interesting city bike with upright bars and trigger shifters.
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Old 01-18-21, 06:29 PM
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Get it running and ride it. Ive seen some people take advantage of the replaceable dropouts and get some new horizontal dropouts made and make a pretty cool,looking single speedout of them

I have a Cadex CFM-1 that I got in '92 and don't have a problem riding the poop out of it now. You hear stories about the frame having bonding problems, when new, but i figure it's it's still rolling almost 30 years later that it wasn't one of the lemons.

The carbon tubes used for these frames seem to be crazy thick., you can see how thick it is in the single tube section of the seatstay. I have a feeling that being pretty new technology at the time they WAY overbuilt it.
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trust your insticts/

CFM2
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CFM2
Almost over done but still retro cool looking, especially the cook brothers. Sweet ride.
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