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what is sandvick?(4 posts)

what is sandvick?hope
Oct 4, 2001 3:52 PM
Just what is sandvick? Do they just make Ti frames? Is it a huge "turn them out as fast you can" set up? Is it crap? or good stuff? or somewhere in between. A friend suggested I can get an affordable Ti frame from them. I have never heard of them.Any responses I am thankful for.
re: what is sandvick?cogsworth
Oct 4, 2001 5:50 PM
Sorry if I double post but I'm having tech difficulties....
I might be wrong because I'm no expert on Ti frames, but I think Sandvik producesTii tubing for cheaper framemakers like Mongoose. They have a plant here in PA and another in Canada that I know of, and I think they produce things like storage tanks, and pipes. If I'm correct then I belive that would place them in the "turn them out as fast as you can" camp.
Oct 4, 2001 7:02 PM
Sandvik is a large producer of titanium stuff. They produce their bike frames through Titanium Sports (at least I think that's the name) They started out as suppliers to the trade but got into mfging because of the scarcity of qualified titanium welders and fabricators. It was especially difficult for the smaller frame builders to have even one titanium guy on the payroll if you are not selling plenty of frames. Anyway, they make a hell of a lot of frames for various companies. The frames are made to each companies specs and they also sell some of their stuff direct. I don't think there are any serious quality issues, but then I don't follow it that close. I'd rather have one of their frames than one made in China or Russia. With a few exceptions, most Titanium frames made in the USA are either made by Litespeed or Sandvik, regardless of whose name is on the headtube.
Oct 4, 2001 8:52 PM
They also produce some good wood working tools. One is a great stainless steel scraper that produces a great finish to wood before staining.