|Who makes these frames...||Rockin Johny|
Jul 29, 2002 3:47 PM
I was looking around and came across these road frames at nashbar.com for sale. I have been thinking about trying out an aluminum frame to see if my large body would like the stiffer ride, but didn't want to shell out alot of cash. I am a beginner road rider that likes good equipment and will be doing mostly training rides for MTB on the road bike.
Who makes these frames? Anyone had any experience with them? What do you think?
I know they aren't the elite frames you are all used to, and I to only ride high end MTB's, but right now I am on a late 80's cro-mo Bianchi and want to upgrade. But then again the Bianchi rides so nice that maybe a few component upgrades may do.
Here is the ad from Nashbar.
Nashbar Road Frame
NASHBAR FRAME' pronounced (fra-may') ALUMINUM ROAD FRAME Made from 7005 series aluminum, this frame is in a class by itself combining stiffness strength, and unbeatable ride quality all in an affordable lightweight package. Some features include a replaceable rear derailleur hanger, double waterbottle braze-ons and " real" shifter bosses for the few of us that still are fond (and may still want to keep) their downtube shifters. We believe the Frame' line of road and ATB Frame represents the best performance for dollar value around. Decals are optional and not applied. Compare at $299.99. Specify Size: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 or 60 cm.
|my .02||yeah right|
Jul 29, 2002 4:05 PM
|i'd stay away from the nashbar frame, here's why:
there's nothing wrong with your bianchi, i'd save the money
cheap aluminium will rattle your teeth, even if you're big. and if you have a taste for nice mtb's you really won't like it.
try test riding an al bike at a shop, or borrow a friend's bike. that being said i know nothing about the nashbar frame, but there are several cheap al bikes in that range, and if you were willing to spend a little more, you might be able to get something nicer like a used cannondale caad 4. for right now i'd stick with your bianchi for training, if you feel like racing, then i'd think about getting a new bike.
|re: Who makes these frames...||curlybike|
Jul 29, 2002 4:07 PM
|There is a good chance these are made by Kinesis. Kinesis is a big al. builder that makes frames for anybody that will order enough to make their minimum. Some big name frames are made by Kinesis. If you get one, make sure that you buy 2 or more of the replacement der. hangers. Otherwise you may not find one to fit in a year. They are usually real cheap at purchase. I have friends that can not find hangers for their GT frames.|
|my two pennies...||Carbon fiber fanatik|
Jul 29, 2002 5:53 PM
|aluminum frames can be had for not much more than a few bucks.. but not all aluminum frames are made the same. There are so many variables that you almost get what you pay for. Cheaper frames always, always mean less work in the tubeset. period.... a non manipulated aluminum frame will rattle you fillings loose, but a true aluminum frame builder such as cannondale and several others can tune a frame to be quite comfy. In my opinion. stay away from the Nashbar frame.. if you are happy with steel, keep it..! upgrade components. Even a wheel change can totally alter the way the bike rides.