Apr 25, 2001 6:20 AM
|any feedback on the craftsmanship/performnace of these frames? Thanks Mucho!|
|re: Fort Frames||Joseph Mitschiener|
May 8, 2001 9:54 PM
|I ride a Fort cross frame. Mine is the 7005 aluminum version and I have to say it is a pretty burly frame. It came w/ a steel fork so the ride is somewhat forgiving. In terms of quality, it's great for the price I paid for. I ride it pretty hard and almost all offroad. If you have any questions let me know.
|re: Fort Frames||peter|
May 9, 2001 5:07 AM
|I'll try to give you the info I have. First, let me say, I live in Slovakia, a country next to Czech Republic, where these frames are made. That results in 2 things - I can read the Czech bicycling magazines, as they are distributed here and as I can speak Czech (and read :). I suppose, you know their web page (www.fortframes.cz), which I think also provides an English version.
As for performance, I know there are riders within a couple of road teams in CEE and other countries as well who race the frames. The company produces the frame in Czech Republic with Czech people, which I assume can mean a real quality difference to Taiwan producers (be reminded that Mrazek and Morati frames are produced in CZ). The company also produces frames for other bicycle companies, a German and a British, as far as I am concerned. As for the price, it really is low compared to American standards. I have two points on it:
1. the price range is typical for most of the locally made frames in CEE, including handmade custom frames (that may be 50% higher), and excluding those primarily marketed abroad (especially Mrazek),
2. it is lower due to the lower labor and other costs in CEE.
I do not have a personal experience with Fort frames except a mountain bike, I bought some 7 years ago and rode for about 4 years until it was stolen. While I assume, the frame was of lower quality materials (plain 4130), I have to say I was satisfied with the ride. I know what I am saying, as I am now riding a 2000 GT. Moreover, the paint job was far better than on my current ride.
Hope this helps at all.
|re: Fort Frames||WV Rider|
May 31, 2001 7:59 PM
|I've ridden several types of Fort frames and construction and quality are top-notch. I think they are currently one the best deals for your money out there. |
BTW, Greg at Fort USA is friendly and very easy to deal with.