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Paging Andy M-S, re: Kogswell(3 posts)

Paging Andy M-S, re: Kogswellcheaperthancarsdear
Jan 13, 2004 8:49 PM
Thanks for posting the pix of your new bike. Kogswell's now in the running when I make my next purchase. I was wondering what you think about finish quality of the frame (paint, welds, etc.) I'm curious to see how the next edition looks (although pricier). Appreciate any info.
Back AtchaAndy M-S
Jan 14, 2004 7:08 AM
The paint is good, but not perfect...I found a couple of very small areas where it could have been better...but it's *good*. The decals are nicely clear-coated, so you can barely feel them. No welds--the bike is lugged/brazed, and very nicely done. It's one of the few lugged bikes that can take a 1-1/8" headset, which doesn't look at all out of place due to the slightly oversized DT.

There are only three decals on the frame--"Kogswell" on the DT on both sides and the "Eco" tubing decal on the ST. In addition, there is a nice headbadge glued (I assume) on the front of the HT.

Matthew sells the bikes with brakes, in part because some of the derailer frames came with the brake bridges brazed on a little too high. I found that I could use standard (aka "long") reach brakes on mine, and I'm using some nice silver Tektro dual pivots. The brakes that come with the bikes that have extra-high bridges are black, and look to be super-long-reach versions of the Nashbar "Jail Brake" DP units. Not super-nice, but they work quite well, and have reach, reach, and more reach. And they look spiffy with the black HT.

Any other questions?
Thanks, enjoy your new ride (nm).cheaperthancarsdear
Jan 14, 2004 6:06 PM