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Old 10-24-2008, 12:47 PM
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Awesome. That's FAT roots right there. SS.. hard to work with, expensive but lasts forever. I did hear that there were some problems with cracking and inherent problem with SS. You need more chrome and the carbon in spots can make it weak. It's really not the best material for a bike. Problem is he put all his eggs in one basket with the SS and when his supplier discontinued it he was done.
That's not quite the same story I heard. I got mine in 1998 and it cracked at the head tube in 1999 or 2000 time frame. I called Christian and phone line was turned off, no response to mail. He offered a lifetime warranty and I just wanted to have it fixed. No love. So I got in touch with Columbus out in L.A., the Metax tubeset was their product. The rep had spare tubes and hooked me up with James Bleakley of Black Sheep in Ft. Collins. He used to offer a Metax option on his bikes. I dunno if he still does, but if it's available he can source it. Anyway, the guy at Columbus got the replacement top tube to James and he fixed me up. Turns out that Christian had a mistake in the miter for the junction and the weld was half filler without enough mechanical support. It cracked at the weld. I dunno if George the welder left (he was a laid off aerospace welder, so I gotta think he was getting dirt building bikes comparatively). There was another guy, John. So at the end it could have been those two guys trying to keep up, I just don't know. None-the-less, I heard Rhygin took a big order, maybe production bikes, that he floated for materials. I guess the order canceled and he got left with no downpayment and a ton of material that he couldn't recover for any cash. Just gone. I'm riding a piece of history, that's for sure. There were only a couple of guys doing Metax frames.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:34 PM
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definitely plausible. You would think though that if it was that bad the welder would have said something so they could fix it. I've never heard a straight story about Metax but I guess that's how most things go.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:35 PM
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i'll more than likely be going to veloswap also.

And, FWIW, I love climbing on the SS. You're welcome to ride it anytime. May be a bit on the small side though.

And I agree, my 29'er is harder around the really tight switchbacks... and it felt pretty tall at first... but now I am used to it and I like the way it rides. It seems like I don't have to really pay as much attention about my line with the bigger wheels, and it flys different than my other bike with the little wheels.

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Old 10-24-2008, 01:54 PM
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Is Velo Swap at the Merchandise Mart again? Anyone have a link to a printable coupon? I'm looking for a new bike too... a little one with training wheels..

edit: never mind, answered my own question https://www.veloswap.com/exp/reg/Use...?type=consumer
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So nobody has the "bullhorns" anymore eh?
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I run the Bullhorns and more than once they have saved my hands. I mostly use them for steep uphill sprints.
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bullhorns.. LOL

Did you get them from your dad?
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:19 PM
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Well my dad had them on his bike in the early 90s so naturally when I was 14 my bike got them too

Like I said they've saved my hands, I don't know why people hate

'cept they look goofy on bikes with riser bars, IMO
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Matt,

If you can wait until I am back from vacation (leaving Sun. am for one week of riding in AZ) around Nov. 1, I can give you 18 years of unbiased shop experience on absolutely everything. You can come into Arapahoe Cyclery and I will spend as much time as you want educating you. I will be in on saturday while my grunts are at the VELO SNOB. I'm glad I won't be there.

If you are going to buy something earlier and looking at dual suspension, please don't buy something that costs alot that has 15 year-old suspension technology that I see all the time still being made (single main pivots that rely on shock technology to lessen bobbing).
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Sweet Mike, I live off Arapahoe and I-25 so you're just down the street. How long are you around on a weeknight? Or Sundays?

It's going to be a while before I commit to anything, just want to try a bunch of things out and make sure I understand exactly what I'm after.
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