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Nov 4, 2002 5:10 AM
I have seen a few reivews with questions regarding Chucksbikes.com and the Tsunami frames. Well I just received my Tsunami Compact road frame and Martec carbon fork last week and I thought I would do everyone a favor by doing a quick review.

On October 25th, I called chucksbikes at (562) 789-8582 to place an order. Prior to that, we exchanged a few emails regarding procuct information and etc. Chuck (I assume) was extremely helpful.

I ordered the Tsunami Compact road/Martec fork ($195.00), FSA 1 1/8 threadless headset an extra drop out and a couple other items.

The frame and parts arrived the following Friday, 11/01 in a well packaged chucksbikes.com box. Shipping costs were less than $20.00, quite reasonable.

I had only seen pictures and had no real idea what to expect. When I opened the box, I was very pleased. Everything was packaged well.

The frame looked very nice and felt light weight. It had some "unusually" shaped tubing, making it look a bit exotic.

I immediately took it to the lab, a.k.a. my basement bikeshop for statistics.

Tsumani compact road (medium)
Weight 3lbs
Weight wiht fork & hs 4.5lbs

Measurements c to c
Top Tube 21"
Seat Tube 20"
Chain stay 16.5"
Wheelbase 40"
Head Tube 5.5"

Translation, the Medium is best equal to a 54cm ride, not the 56cm described from Chucksbikes. Not a problem, as I usually ride a 55cm.

The test ride. Understand that I usually race triathlons/TT's. This bike was purchased so I could give my Trek Y-Foil a break from daily riding. I also had been racing a Giant TCR (medium) for the last 4 years as well.

Not bad, not bad at all. If my eyes were closed (not suggested, especially on the aerobars) I could almost swear I was on my TCR. Remember, you will pay $500.00 or so for a new TCR. The fork was stiff and predictable.

To make a long review short...
Pro's
Quality ride at a reasonable cost
Great customer service
Fast shipping
Only kid on my block with a Tsunami (su-nam-e)
Nice looks
Nice ride

Con's
No manifest or billing statement in package
Unkown warranty longevity road testing
Wrinkled graphic decal (small but noticible)
WORST OF ALL, NO HEADTUBE BADGE OR DECAL!!

Buy one if:

you are considering a TCR but don't have the $$ or don't want to look like everyone else

you need a second bike to save your racing machine.

you have extra parts around the house or want to build a cool looking single/fixed gear.

If I've missed anything, please contact me at wallygrooms@hotmail.com

Pictures to come.
Nice post, thanks. I looked at one of the Tsunamis as aRhodyRider
Nov 4, 2002 7:54 AM
possible secondary bike, but instead I ended up buying the GT ZR 2.0 from ChucksBikes. He was a pleasure to deal with for me, too, no hiccups whatsoever. I won't bother with a review of the GT, since it is/was more of a known quantity around here than Tsunami, but suffice it to say it is VERY nice, and was a tremendous bargain ($295 frame + straight-blade CF fork + headset.)