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Nova framesets??(4 posts)

Nova framesets??Dave_Stohler
Jan 14, 2004 9:56 PM
Does anybody know anything about Nova framesets? (Note-this is not the Jamis Nova). Chuck's bikes is selling some nice looking aluminum framesets (7005 AL) for cheap, due to having sticker mixup on the exterior. I'm wondering if anybody knows much about them? They seem to make frames for some good retailers, but what do you get in the Nova brand name? Are they stiff? Will they hold up?

FWIW, I'm looking at the 60cm fork/frame combo.
re: Nova framesets??6was9
Jan 15, 2004 9:44 AM
I bought one to build up as a trainer bike. I haven't built it yet. There are some spots with missing paint, nasty cheap metalic sticker as head tube badge(I peeled it off and tossed it out right away); not a whole lot of care went into finishing yet overall it does look too bad(what d'ya expect from $$ frame?) although frame itself seems to be solid(supposedly dbl butted but not light); even comes with replaceable derail hanger.

My feeling is that the frame might be half way decent mfg leftover that was finished cheaply or just simply mfg reject or 2nd quality frame. Only thing I am worried about is BB shell/threads/mounting as lbs's attempt at chasing it left one side kinda rough.
Heavy??Dave_Stohler
Jan 20, 2004 4:47 PM
Just how heavy are these frames?
No, not light...6was9
Jan 20, 2004 8:30 PM
I don't have a good scale(only bathroom scale)but I'd say the 54cm frame alone is about 3.5~4LB. For a training bike, since it's not seriously heavy, it shouldn't be a problem. If I were you I'd call and tell them make sure they check the BB shell threads or even better have them chase the threads (I have suspicion that they might not be threaded all the way on one side but then again lbs guy might have simply screwed it up.)