Cove Bikes Handjob Frame XC Hardtail

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Product Description

Cove Handjob Frame 2012. Frames - MTB Hardtail. One of our more popular machines, each weld on the Handjob is perfect, finished with a paint job that will last forever. The Handjob features high performance, sloping top tube geometry suited for riders who like to spice up their XC riding with ....


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Major Clanger

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2012

Strengths:    Pliant but really zippy feel, good build quality, good XC geometry, fast!

Weaknesses:    Poor paint quality.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a 19.5in. 2012 Hand Job frame built from Prestige tubing and am very happy overall. Not sure why Cove changed from Columbus tubing (which I have on my old bike) but certainly the chosen tubeset and design have come together to make a great, minimalist XC frame that I'm hoping will be great for racing.

I had read many reviews and considered other frames before opting for the Cove and one negative that cropped up almost throughout was the gripe about the decals peeling because they weren't lacquered over, and the poor quality of the paint finish. First impressions out of the box were good; all the welds were neat and continuous, the paint was shiny and the decals were all lacquered in.

It was when I started building the frame up that it became clear that all was not perfect in the cosmetic finishing. I was facing-off the usual areas ready for headset, BB and caliper mounts and found that the paint came off really easily, and I was only gently using a flat oilstone. Later in the build I had small flakes of paint coming off when I was bringing bolts up to torque and I was not impressed at all. I'm not ham-fisted, had chased the threads out first and the bolts were greased where appropriate and so I wasn't expecting any paint loss at all. Having said that, it's important to point out that I'm only talking about very small areas here but it still shouldn't happen. Accruing battle scars out on the trails is fine and to be expected, but it shouldn't happen just building the frame up! It points to the fact that after a year of use the frame may be looking fairly scruffy.

That's the moaning over though and from now it's good news all the way.....

I've always like steel hardtails for the zesty feel they give and the Cove doesn't disappoint at all. It's like an over-eager dog pulling at its lead wanting to go faster all the time! I love the feel it gives and coupled with a carbon seatpost the ride is also pretty comfortable. I opted for a 100mm travel fork with flat bars and a 90mm stem - I like having some weight on my hands and feeling what the front tyre is up to and the Cove's geometry fits perfectly with what I wanted to achieve although longer travel forks can be used without making the steering too lazy.

The first ride on my local fast-flowing XC trails was a blast - I kept thinking just how fast it was. This wasn't an illusion either; my average speed on a familiar 14ml loop increased by 0.8mph on the first ride (and this is before I'm really dialled-in to the bike).

I contacted Cove before I bought the frame with some normal questions and found them helpful and excited about their own products which reassured me and made me feel as if I was buying a 'boutique' product.

Overall I'd definitely recommend the frame in spite of the, at best, average, cosmetic finishing. It's great fun, made me smile and pat the stem more than once during my first rides!

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