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I don't find sloping top tubes attractive, but damn...(10 posts)

I don't find sloping top tubes attractive, but damn...JS Haiku Shop
Sep 2, 2003 8:57 AM
that's a nice lookin' frame and paint job. oooh!

btw no affiliation with the seller (GVH) other than the fact that i'll be in debt to him for the next 27 years.
re: I don't find sloping top tubes attractive, but damn...Bulldozer
Sep 2, 2003 9:32 AM
I continue to see that we lust after some of the same bikes. I like that frame/paint job too. However, my first choice would be matte black (not available) but the matte silver runs a close second...
funny ...tarwheel
Sep 2, 2003 10:20 AM
I'm not a fan of sloping top tubes either, but I like the looks of Cinellis compact frames. Not sure if it's the decals or what.

BTW, my Merckx #2 is at the shop being built right now. I'm finally venturing beyond steel lugged frames. Picked up a used Merckx AX ti frame from Ray Sachs -- the only ti frame that could budge me from steel. It will replace my steel Gios, which is being retired.
what's wrong with the Gios? nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 2, 2003 10:27 AM
nuthintarwheel
Sep 2, 2003 10:57 AM
I like the fit of my Merckx Corsa so much that I've had my eyes open for another Merckx frame. When I found a used ti Merxkx for sale, I couldn't pass it up. The Gios has been a great frame but was a little too small for me. The Merckx ti frame will also be about 2 lbs lighter. I'm not a weight weenie, but I am a Merckxaholic.
Big old ugly weldsLC
Sep 2, 2003 10:39 AM
For a frame that expensive at least they could have smoothed out the welds. Are you sure Huffy or Pacific did not make that frame?
You smooth out bad welds..spluti
Sep 2, 2003 11:15 AM
The welds on this frame are world class
Good point! But, Casati have beautiful smooth welds. nmSpunout
Sep 2, 2003 11:43 AM
So do CannondalesMel Erickson
Sep 2, 2003 12:56 PM
The only way to get them smooth is to grind them. Theoretically, grinding makes the weld weaker. Practically, if the weld is done with grinding in mind, it should be plenty strong. Neither is necessarilly a sign of quality but I prefer to see the welds and be able to judge them myself (not that I'm an expert). At least I know there hasn't been any filler and can see if there are any surface pin holes. Without an xray you really can't tell the real integrity of the weld.
Yup, those welds are like missing front teeth. nmdzrider
Sep 2, 2003 12:00 PM