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Jul 11, 2002 7:33 AM
What's up with this stuff? Has ANYONE seen/ridden one? I'm
thinking of one of the alloy compact frames for a second bike. If they're decent, you can't beat the price. I guess I could get over the tsunami name...
They're fair,TJeanloz
Jul 11, 2002 7:36 AM
The price is right, and they're a decent frame. Southern California based, I believe, and they have some tie to a former pro (Steve Hegg, maybe? somebody back me up on this).

We had a local team riding the frames a couple of years ago, and they seemed to be perfectly adequate, if not particularly sexy, right out of the box. Competitive bikes, weight wise and performance wise, with most everything on the market.
re: ---> Tsunami frames ---> Any info?alansutton
Jul 11, 2002 8:36 AM
Tsunami is actually two different brands, one is a small SoCal builder, the other a import label on generic frames. Chuck sells the later. I picked up a small compact frame and the Tsunami cross frame as second bikes. They aren't light, small came in at 4.5lb for frame only. I'd say they are a step above department store frames. They ride, OK- truth is, you get what you pay for. If I could do it again, I'd pay a bit more and get somthing better.
re: --Some clarifying infoBryanJL
Jul 11, 2002 8:40 AM

There is more than one Tsunami name on bikes....

One is defintiely SoCal based, and many local teams ride their bikes. Website is

These are not the same as Chuck's bikes.

One of the principal designers for this Tsunami is Tomo Hamasaki, who also works for Reynolds, making their famous forks. A very nice guy who is also a very strong racer, and is married to the SoCal regional rep, Jan Luke-Hamasaki.

I met and spoke with Tomo (lives across the street from my brother) and mentioned this same situation...he knows Chuck and said that there's multiple Tsunami names out there because there haven't been any steps taken to protect the seems like everyone is okay with it for now, just doing their own thing.