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Thoughts on the Tsunami frame/fork @ Chucksbikes.com?(4 posts)

Thoughts on the Tsunami frame/fork @ Chucksbikes.com?Colin_S
Sep 23, 2002 12:59 PM
Hi,

Just wondering what you guys/girls think of the Tsunami 'cross frame/carbon fork at Chucksbikes.com. The price is defintely right, but I've never heard of the company and had trouble finding any info on Google. I'm not really looking to race, but I'd like a bike that I can trail ride with. Any thoughts? Has anyone dealt with Chuck before?

Thanks in advance,
Colin S.
re: Thoughts on the Tsunami frame/fork @ Chucksbikes.com?richpierce
Sep 23, 2002 2:05 PM
Chucks is OK, have dealt w/him 3 or 4 times. He substituted once on me with a headset order w/o asking, but that was just a lousy $15 item. Call and ask for more info. New no-name frame and fork for $250 could be a good deal or a lousy deal. Might weigh 8 pounds or something- or might be a perfect knockoff of some expensive frame and fork you'd ordinarily pay $1000 for. Call him up is my advice
RP
re: Thoughts on the Tsunami frame/fork @ Chucksbikes.com?onrhodes
Sep 26, 2002 6:52 AM
Colin, if you do get this bike, let me know what you think. I'm interested in this one too.
Compact Frame design not idealtriangleforge
Sep 26, 2002 10:21 AM
The compact frame design on this one isn't really ideal for 'cross racing, but might work for a good trail rat 700c bike. The problem comes in when you go to shoulder the bike as fast as you can. Compacts can be darn difficult to snake your forearm through the main triangle when you're in a real hurry. If you're not slinging the bike on your shoulder a couple of dozen times in an hour long race, it's not as big a deal, and a compact will give you a bit more standover height. As for the seller, I've never bought from Chuck's, but he's answered the couple of questions I've e-mailed to him promptly and helpfully. I know a couple of folks who've bought from him who say that the merchandise is very nice, and more than worth what they paid for it. Since Tsunami looks to be the Chuck's Bikes "house brand" (I've nefver seen or heard of them elsewhere), and since they seem to operate mostly by buying up overstocks & canceled orders, I would hazard a wild, unsubstantiated guess that the Tsunami frames are largely overruns or canceled orders from one or more of the big fabricators that Chuck's buys before they get to the paint booth. I would imagine they'd be good quality, solid bikes that came awfully close to having a different decal on the downtube. Cheers!