Magnesium Frames

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  1. Onk

    Onk New Member

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    Anyone heard of it before? I was just looking for opinions on its qualities compared to other materials such as aluminium, titanium etc.
     
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  2. lokstah

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    They're definitely out there, though only the tiniest handful of companies have really invested in the technology (Paketa is the only magnesium-dedicated frame builder I know of). With so few on the road, and so little long-term, objective experiences to build off of, it's hard to know what to make of them; the buzz (or hype -- anyone's guess) is that they're a super-soft, super-light ride. Without better info, the word is standard wonder material chatter (as comfy as Ti, as stiff as aluminum, yadda yadda). Could be an einsteinian revelation for cycling; could go the way of Mavic Zap shifters. Who knows...

    But there's also a lot of speculation about magnesium being a bit too corrosion-prone to make a tough, long-lasting bike.

    There's a thread on Paketa frames somewhere in the archives. It started and ended well, but there's about 6 pages of crap in the middle (a ludicrous argument arose over the comments of one very dopey, very angry guy). When it was going well, a guy who appeared to be a Paketa employee signed on, and had some interesting insights.
     
  3. Onk

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    thx for your reply, but if possible do you think you can give me a link to that thread?
     
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    I think Merida also have some top quality magnesium bikes. Very light!!
     
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    Found it; click here.
     
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    I ordered a magnesium frame early this year straight from a manufacturer in Russia called Litech, the tubes are extruded Mg and then welded. (Paketa, fyi get their frames from them, I am not going to get more into this again ..), the ordering process was worse than a rooth canal procedure. I have put about 1500 km on it and it rides very well. I not going to make any bs comment about how amazing they are .. that's for marketing people. Half of mech properties come from the material, the other from the design-geometry..

    But the BB is very stiffy, it dampened road vib once I am in a tt, it is very light 2.6 lbs for a 54 cm (without the fork) .. and am very satisfied ..

    Corrosion is a concern, but only time will tell
     
  9. big Pete

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    Can someone enlighten me on the corrosion issues of magnesium frames.

    Thanks

    Pete
     
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    boudreaux New Member

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    Do a google search.
     
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    Corrosion was definately a huge issue for casted Mg frames .. but extruded tubes welded and coated .. ?? but with tube thickness varying btw 1.5 and 2.6 mm I should be OK for at least 2 yrs .. Time will tell
     
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