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Dean frames...need input.(4 posts)

Dean frames...need input.Albert
Aug 18, 2001 7:24 PM
I am considering the Dean ElDiente Ti frame...the maker is excellent, seen their stuff...and since they are out of my size, they will custom make a frame to my specs for the "off the shelf" price. The problem is, they are a tad heavy...about 3.5 lbs for the 56cm...I could get an alum, but want to try ti....help me rationalize that I can live with a 3.5 lb frame.....
re: Dean frames...need input.JohnG
Aug 18, 2001 7:48 PM
Ask John about the butted tubeset option and your general weight concerns. I suspect he could get a 56cm frame down in the low 3# range assuming you aren't a 'Cipo' wannabe. As always, you don't get something for nuthing. Ti is known for being a tad "soft" so you want to be careful about making it too light. IMHO, an extra pound is no big deal as long as you aren't racing or doing big climbs.

Dean make good stuff ..... way under-rated. They use Spectrum Powder Coat for paintwork and they do a great job also.

good rides
JohnG
re: Dean frames...need input.bike_junkie
Aug 19, 2001 6:34 AM
John's right. DEAN does nice frames for the money and are good guys to work with. 3.5# isn't heavy and you won't notice a half pound of frame weight anyway. What you will notice is a nice ride and a durable frame. Go for it.
re: Dean frames...need input.jtolleson
Aug 19, 2001 7:21 PM
Dean is one of the sweet secrets (OK, OK, I know it isn't really a secret, but underrated or underrecognized) of the ti market.

Yes, ti frequently weighs more than Al... you are meeting multiple needs/desires with ti; reasonable weight, vertical compliance, hopefully stiffness laterally, especially through the bottom bracket (varies some between companies and frames) and BOMBPROOF reliability. My ti weighs a little more than quite a few Al and CF setups, but you buy it for complex reasons.

You will NOT be sorry.