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Chrome Molybdenum Steel from China, Anyone?

Old 06-16-21, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Unpainted, huh? Bold move.
The bottom bracket drop is somehow negative looking in the pic.
1600g frame?...thats crazy light for Thron. Like shockingly light, even in the size you have. wow.
Well I weighed the bike the same way you'd do a pet stand on scale with and without frame, and to be honest my scale does not seem to be the best so I'm pretty sure it's a give or take, it seems more give than take though

And again paint does add a couple hundred grams, no?
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Old 06-16-21, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
The bottom bracket drop is somehow negative looking in the pic.
Just a stupid camera angle, I have the frame at LBS for Headset installation, will definitely upload photos of the final build in a couple of days stay tuned

Cheers!
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Old 06-16-21, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by nabeelbashi View Post
Well I weighed the bike the same way you'd do a pet stand on scale with and without frame, and to be honest my scale does not seem to be the best so I'm pretty sure it's a give or take, it seems more give than take though

And again paint does add a couple hundred grams, no?
good point about paint. Yeah i dont doubt the frame weighs what you say, it was just a surprise. A very good surprise for you!
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Does anyone have trouble imagining that China, with more than a billion people, could have produced thousands of talented bike frame builders? Does anyone have trouble imagining that some Chinese want to build businesses based on quality?
The hard part is finding the right business within that giant haystack. But I agree there are likely to be some amazing builders out there among all the incompetents and various degrees of mediocrity in between.

Often the best businesses are those who combine the best of Western design and customer service with Asian production skills and economy.
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And Voilà
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Old 06-17-21, 11:17 AM
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Very nice! Love the brazing.
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Old 06-17-21, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
The hard part is finding the right business within that giant haystack. But I agree there are likely to be some amazing builders out there among all the incompetents and various degrees of mediocrity in between.

Often the best businesses are those who combine the best of Western design and customer service with Asian production skills and economy.
Actually, it's not so hard. Mainly go with builders which have a good online reputation and been around for a while. I recently purchased a custom-painted Carbonda CFR 696 and it turned out to be excellent. Quality, alignment, paint as well as delivery were as promised plus the price was great.
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Originally Posted by Atlas Shrugged View Post
Actually, it's not so hard. Mainly go with builders which have a good online reputation and been around for a while. I recently purchased a custom-painted Carbonda CFR 696 and it turned out to be excellent. Quality, alignment, paint as well as delivery were as promised plus the price was great.
I definitely took my chances purchasing this frame, the product description was nothing to go by, I solely went by the photos I know not the smartest method but with the ridiculous scarcity of bike parts at the moment that was my best bet
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500~ KM so far on road and some easy off-road and no issue whatsoever
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Did you just clear coat it? I like how you left the brazing show. Makes it stand out that it's steel. However I'd be wishing that steels natural color was bright tangerine orange, bright blue or other bright color.

I wonder what kind of anodizing or some other chemical/electrical process would be possible to change the color of the frame and still let one see that it's a bare frame with no paint?

Maybe on your next build you can get that figured out for us.

But good job. Enjoy it.
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Different fork?
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Did you just clear coat it? I like how you left the brazing show. Makes it stand out that it's steel. However I'd be wishing that steels natural color was bright tangerine orange, bright blue or other bright color.

I wonder what kind of anodizing or some other chemical/electrical process would be possible to change the color of the frame and still let one see that it's a bare frame with no paint?

Maybe on your next build you can get that figured out for us.

But good job. Enjoy it.
The frame came clear coated,

I think you could anodize steel with virtually any metal, I have no idea though how that would hold against weather and elements,

I think I'm waiting till this frame starts to show some age, then I'll do one of those fancy pants paint jobs

Thanks for your comment
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Different fork?
Yup, I found a lugged fork I had laying around, gave it a nice paint strip and clear coat, used extended brake shoes to compensate for the added distance; I like the new one better
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