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soft metal?

bent azonic

Chimp
Jul 9, 2005
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does anyone know if ellsworth uses a softer aluminum in their frames? ive already gotten 3 dents in my specialist and each new one kills me a little bit inside. each coming from a little mistake on a bench or a picnic table.
 
They may use the same metal, but if it is not heat-treated propperly, then the metal doesn't retain it's oryginal "CRYSTALISATION-STRUCTURE", and then acts as a softer metal... There's a proscess known as "annealing", inwhich you take a piece of sheet-aluminum, that has to be formed into a shape, and heat it very lightly w/an open flame. When this is performed, it goes from hard/brittle(crack if bent), to fully mendable(very easilly bends w/o cracking). Only when propperly Heat-treated, will it fully retain it's oryginal properties... This same thing happens to the metal, when welding.
 

Spokompton

Monkey
May 15, 2005
321
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Spokane WA
Congrats! You have the most over priced hardtail ever made!

I seriously don't get how a $700 hardtail is much better than most $300 ones...

You paid a schit load of money for the Ellsworth name. There are plenty of cheaper frames that are better or just as good.

It blows my mind that Ellsworth hasn't priced themselves out of the market. I guess it's true, it doen't matter what the actually product is, if you charge more, people will think it's better...:nopity:
 

Ascentrek

Monkey
Jul 17, 2003
656
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Golden, CO
I'm not sure what Aluminum derivative they use. Most bike manufacturers use a 6000 or 7000 series aluminum.

Regardless, Ellsworth uses a very thin-walled tube set for weight consumption. Light, expensive, but not as durable. It will dent easy. sorry man, good luck.
 
Aug 22, 2004
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FEAR ME ^
Spokompton said:
Congrats! You have the most over priced hardtail ever made!

I seriously don't get how a $700 hardtail is much better than most $300 ones...

You paid a schit load of money for the Ellsworth name. There are plenty of cheaper frames that are better or just as good.

It blows my mind that Ellsworth hasn't priced themselves out of the market. I guess it's true, it doen't matter what the actually product is, if you charge more, people will think it's better...:nopity:
actually i think its a $1000 (ht) frame...:dead:
 

bent azonic

Chimp
Jul 9, 2005
4
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Thanks for your responses everyone. I paid 400 for it so im not too mad about it. I love the geometry of the frame so that alone will keep me on it. In the spring I might buy another frame to replace it, something a little stronger, but who knows.