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Questions tagged [frames]

Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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Entry level hardtails: Talon 2 GE vs Specialized Rockhopper 2018 [on hold]

Bike season is coming and I am trying to pick a good entry-level hardtail pick a bike. The options are: Giant Talon 29er 2 GE - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/talon-29er-2-ge Specialized ...
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Where to get replacement bike frame cable entry grommets?

Does anybody know where to get more of these ? These hold shift and/or brake cable ferrules where the cables enter the frame. Here is what they look on a bike if that helps: These specifically are ...
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Please help me identify this bike frame?

Please help me identify this bike frame for I am a newbie/novice. I will greatly apppreciate it. It appears similar to some 1950s Huffmans, but I am far from certain. Thanks to all in advance who ...
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Is it safe to use aluminium seatpost adapter (27.2mm to 31.6mm) for a carbon frame?

I have Cane Creek Thudbuster Seastpost (aluminium) 27.2mm x 400mm which i want to use for a bike with a carbon frame (31.6mm seat-tube). I'm thinking about getting a seatpost adapter/shim from 27.2mm ...
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Help identifying MTB frame

Apologies making ANOTHER one of these threads...Anyhows: Bought a bike third hand, frame has been stripped and painted. Trying to find make & model so I can get some offset bushings for the shock. ...
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Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”

I am going to make a custom fixie bike (possibly with a front brake) that I will use to race on tracks and even commute with. I have been looking at a Planet X frame, and they seem to have very ...
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Is there any reason for the rear frame and bottom bracket to be asymmetric?

I just received a new non-brand carbon frame and immediately noticed that the bottom bracket looks to stick out significantly more to one side than the other, and the rear bottom forks also seem to be ...
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Why does a bike frame have to be above 56 cm usually to fit 700c tires?

I first came across this when I was looking at the Surly LHT, but I started to see it everywhere. It seems to me they can just put on a longer fork or something, or is it more for the back wheel?
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Headtube dent, how safe is it?

See picture below, I am in this situation with a new alluminium frame (don't ask me how I ended up here, it's a heartbreaking story.) It’s a Cinelli Mash Parallax. The headtube has a dent and I don't ...
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Rear wheel slipping out under load

My commuting/cyclocross bike (a Surly Crosscheck) has a problem. If I tighten the quick release skewer to a normal level, sort of firm to close it, then if I step on the pedals hard at some point, ...
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How to judge grade of carbon frame?

Last weekend, a friend told me about a local bicycle shop(Metro Cycles) selling a Carbon Cycle of Hamilton brand. This brand is sort of known in India but only for cheap bicycles. Later I figured out ...
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IS THIS BIKE SAFE [closed]

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/S1PKL2uMXwJc2aGjGEybc8ZM4CFk-i5EHWrkZxLSVaD29xUrfIig1ap1dp6Na-WsjMc-Tw=s85 I M LOOKING TO BUY THIS BIKE AND I WOUD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT IS SAFE TO RIDE
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Identifying a brazed steel frame

I'm trying to identify this brazed steel frame I came across. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Correct Frame Size Trekking Short Legs

There seem to be two heuristics for determining frame size without testing a bike: inner leg length and body height. I have an inner leg length of 85cm and a body height of 192. According to my inner ...
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Identify bike brand to fit gear hanger!

I have bought a new used bike, I got it very cheap since it was pretty broken up. I have replaced most of the parts and repainted the bike so it looks fine. The only thing I have a problem with is the ...
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Please Help me identify my Bike Logo

Hello can someone help me identify my bike Frame?. It has this weird Logo and a Serial number of : "2948" . It has Suntour Dropouts likely NJS. Thanks!
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What's this part of the bike, and is it safe to alter it?

The video shows someone installing a gps bike tracker, however there is not much room in the top of the head tube, so he hammers down what's already in there in order to make room for the tracker. In ...
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Can road bumps excite frame eigen frequencies?

During my last bike holiday I have happened to ride downwhill on roads which had transversal stripes to mark the approaching of a turn. The stripes were made with road paint, and were slightly higher ...
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What different frame materials have been used?

In response to yet another frame materials question, I thought it might be useful to start with a more answerable question. One answer per material please, with an example of a bicycle frame using ...
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Identify: 26in dirt jumper/bmx bike “fetish” brand?

I bought a 26in dirt jumper/bmx bike. No markings but the guy said it was a fetish. The set up is bmx but the frame looks like a jumper. Bmx cranks and dropouts. The serial number is SNFSD13BF1725.
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Is it worth buying carbon fiber road bike for short commutes?

I'm planning to use a bike for rather short commutes (max half an hour), will the carbon fiber be noticeably more comfortable than aluminium one?
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Riding wrong size frame

I’m riding Trek Domane 4.3 2015. According to my height (165 cms) I should be riding 52 frame size(according to Trek size chart). The current bike my riding is 54. The only modification I have done is ...
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How to evaluate different alloy types used for bicycle frames?

Only certain alloys are used for bicycle frames besides other materials like carbon fibres (at least for the mass market). I often stumble over aluminium alloy 6061 and 7005 (and I think I saw 8004 ...
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Name that frame! (Likely Japanese, likely made in 1986, with known serial number, likely a Bianchi)

(This post was substanically edited/updated on 5/8/14.) I have a bike frame of unknown lineage. What is known: The serial number under the bottom bracket is IS513786. This fits with the serial ...
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How to prepare a frame for a new paintjob

I want to have my bike frame repainted. What should I do before I give it to the paint shop? How would they like to have it prepared?
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Is my derailleur hanger too bent?

I bent the (steel) derailleur hanger on my 9spd cassetted (steel) Bianchi Volpe about 1.5 yrs ago, and I just did it again, but worse. This time the derailleur got sucked into the wheel and really did ...
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Time trial carbon frame scratches. Should I concern?

While cleaning my time trial bike I've noticed many scratches in the frame. See pictures below. My tire pressure is usually around 100 psi, depending on the weather conditions or circuit. My wheels ...
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Paint scratch or carbon crack?

I might just be overly paranoid, but does the line in the image (to the left of the glare) look like a paint scratch or could it be a sign of a spreading crack?
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Regaining frame aligment

I bought a belt driven bike which had had the rear triangle of the frame moderately bent (i.e. bent but no tubes collapsed or cracked) – it was a gamble as to whether it’s fixable…. It has a Nuvinci ...
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What frame is 20" bike

It's the frame from a box bike stamped where the rear wheel goes on I don't know the logo.
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BMX frame logo identification

I have a BMX frame with a stylised "h" on the rear forks. Can anyone ID it for me?
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Is it safe to ride this frame?

I don't have a clue what happened… Got the frame this way. Mountain bike is Lapierre Zesty 2014.
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Installing mechanical group set on “electronic only” frame

I've been upgrading my Cannondale CAAD3 road bike from 2005 step-by-step over the years as things get worn out. Now its time to upgrade the frame. I have an eye on a Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod ...
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How can you recognise a quality steel frame?

I'm looking to buy/build a road bike and I would like it to: last 100 years have a low environmental cost As I'm not interested in shedding grams (a diet would be more helpful for me), I'm leaning ...
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Where did I go wrong with this frame painting procedure?

I just painted a bike frame (steel) with the steps outline below. However, every glancing contact with a rough surface immediately strips paint from the frame and I can see the metal shining through. ...
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How to pull a carbon seatpost out of a carbon frame?

How do I pull out a carbon seatpost on a carbon frame? It seems so hard for me... Do I need a special tool, or just ask help from a local bike shop? done with the seatpost. I made the frame and fork ...
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Bending back a bent head tube - is it worth trying?

I have a bike that was in a major front end collision (I T-boned a car). The frame is steel and the bike bent at the head tube, the welds seem to be fine. Pictures below. I am fully aware the ...
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How do manufacturers designate women specific designs on their bicycles?

Is there a tell-tale sticker or serial number code that can be parsed to tell if a frame is intended for men or women? Basically, can I take a serial number sticker and lookup somehow what physical ...
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Mild pain in lower forearms during biking

I feel some pressure and fatigue in my wrists and lower forearms during riding but not after it. I don't know whether it is due to weakness of my wrists or my suspicion that my 18" frame mount bike is ...
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DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...
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How long will this alum frame last?

I picked up this very cool 96-97 GT rage from Craigslist with the intention of restoration- a few rusty pinch bolts, spider eggs in the brake hoods, grinding bearings and pitted races, and all the ...
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What is the life expectancy of aluminum alloy frames? [duplicate]

I learned for the first time that aluminum alloy frames are said to have a "life expectancy". This is the bike in question, my 2007 Felt Z80. It has an aluminum alloy frame. I really like it and don'...
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How many years an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike?

How long does an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike? [Removed extra questions to be clear.] Background So far I preferred aluminium vs. steel for many reasons, but if steel lasts significantly ...
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Correct frame bike for me

I’m trying to measure a cyclocross bike. I’m 172 cm, leg length 77.5cm. Some websites like ebicycles say that my bike frame size is 53cm. I’m already looking for this bike with seat tube 54cm. A ...
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Please Assist in Identifying This Frame!

I ran across this site and thought someone may be able to easily identify this vintage racer. My neighbor passed and left it to me and I was hoping to at least know what it was. He worked on bikes for ...
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Is it cheaper to mass produce a carbon frame than an aluminium frame?

I've heard this comment but I have not found any information about it. Is it true?
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Removing Seat Post rusted into downtube

I have an old steel frame (Columbus Number 2 I think) that has the seat post (Suntour Superbe Pro - see, I said it was old!) rusted in. I have tried lots of WD-40 but it will not budge. Any tips on ...
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Are bike frames galvanized

I'm sorry for the stupid question, but I have a primer that works on steel but specifically says to avoid galvanized metals. I don't really know how to tell if a metal is galvanized or what use-cases ...