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.
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.