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EOM 16.5(4 posts)

EOM 16.5slasher
May 23, 2002 4:55 AM
I'm looking at building a custom steel frame with deda EOM 16.5, which my frame builder is pushing. However, another builder tells me 'everyone' is having a lot of problems with failures/etc of the 16.5, and I should look at other tubing. Can anyone give me feedback, good or bad, about EOM 16.5 and it's longevity?
re: EOM 16.5sprockets2
May 23, 2002 7:26 AM
First of all, who is the builder or builders who will do a frame in EOM (I am also looking for a bike with this stuff)?

Second, keep in mind two things: this is usually used in race bikes that are very lightly built-hence more fragile than your universal do-it-all steel bike we all know and love, and secondly, it is unlikely the tubes will fail before the construction (weld, etc.) fails if a proper tube has been spec'ed. Welding and brazing are strong, but not so if they are screwed up, and it happens more than the builders would like us to know.

Thirdly, does the naysayer actually use EOM and is he willing to build you a frame using it? The StrongRacing site notes that EOM is hard to get and harder to work with, so that may explain some of what he said.
I've got a Pegoretti Marcelo with EOM 16.5. I hadn't heardbill
May 23, 2002 8:32 AM
about any failures, only that the stuff is hard to work with. I've always assumed that, if the weld worked, it worked, but maybe that's naive. I also know that Pegoretti helped Dedacchai to develop the stuff, so, I figured, if Pegoretti doesn't know how to work with it, no one does.
It is fragile. I dropped a little plastic tape measure from a few inches onto the top tube, and it left a little ding. You hardly can see it, but it's there.
The bike itself has a very solid feel.
re: EOM 16.5tmguy
May 24, 2002 7:05 AM
My Pinarello Opera is EOM 16.5; no problems! (However, age may become an issue; but generally steel hold up). As always it depends on the builder and their welding experience. Frame is awesome!