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Highest quality aluminum frames?

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  1. FrameJunky

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    What makes a high quality aluminum frame high quality? The welds, but what else? Does the type of aluminum matter?

    Which company offers the highest quality, most durable aluminum frames for downhill, freeride, or all mountain bikes?

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    The welds, the heat treat, the alloy, the design are all of equal importance.
     
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    Which manufacturers make he highest quality aluminium frames?
     
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    I just signed up. Will have more posts than you by next week.
     
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    that's not something to be proud of
     
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    At the rate you're digging up dead threads and posting vague, semi-irrelevant questions in them you'll have more posts than me by tomorrow.
     
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    It takes 2 seconds to post? I was just playing around. I thought that kind of banter was allowed in here?
     
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    FrameJunky Chimp

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    You can call me grave digger.
     
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    I would have said Guerilla Gravity :bonk:
     
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    No Turner, DMR or GG bike talk allowed in this thread please.
     
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    Really unique aluminium flex based anti bottoming systems means frames never crack

    US made Intense with advanced MisAlignment(c) tech means the forces the swingarm puts on the shock and frame are constantly changing which means a massively increased lifespan
     
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    Sounds like you should be at NAHBS asking these questions.

    As for best welder of aluminum bicycle frames? His name is Oscar.
     
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    are you an aspiring frame builder, or just curious about frames?
     
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    Which big brands have shitty welds on a higher percentage of bikes than others? Why do I keep hearing how konas snap?
     
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    Yes
     
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    Whichever one has the best warranty.
     
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    rockofullr confused

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    Turner, DMR or GG
     
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    No probably Brent.
     
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    You guys throw around the ban hammer that easily?
     
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    Depends, have you ever been in a... Turkish prison?
     
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    I think Karpiel make the best aluminum frames.
     
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    I guess if the design is not a consideration, this could be true!
     
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    My DHS Mono cracked at the final jump at the original Schladming track.

    Was repaired though and is still working.
     
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    Could have been heat treat
     
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    You mean prior to crack or posterior? I had it repaired after the crack and ofc heat treated.
     
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    I mean before the crack.
     
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    it's mostly design followed by material. 7 series is generally better (stiffer, higher strength to weight) than 6 series aluminum. That being said, Turner frames are some of the highest quality aluminum frames I've seen...(have you seen a DHR? It's beautiful), while my made-in-whoknowswhere GT is the single stiffest frame I have ever been on. No idea what it's made from, but it feels like it will last forever.
     
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    Sandwich is the best. Thanks to everybody with real answers, and real help. I am not a bot, nor a troll, just a guy trying to learn. I have a lot of riding experience, but honestly don't know jack squat.
     
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    How many companies actually manufacture the high end aluminum bicycle frames? I have read it's only a few companies manufacturing carbon bikes, is that the same with aluminum bikes? With less than 10 companies providing the frames for a lot of the big companies?

    If that's the case, who are these manufacturers, and where did they get the idea for press fit bottom brackets? Who is "the industry"?
     
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    Pictured: The industry.

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    quoting for posterity

    totally depends. Aluminum is dying compared to carbon, so I'd wager most frames come out of only a few factories, all over in china or taiwan. I think Kinesis closed its doors, then Zen Fab died...who's left for US aluminum fab? FTW?
     
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    Foes, GG (sort of), Ventana.
     
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    ah, it's been a while since we've had such high quality horse shit posted here. :rofl:
     
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    The best aluminum frames are the titanium ones with about 3% aluminum.
     
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