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what are the pros and cons of each?????
 

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I know that anodizing strengthens aluminum.

I am not sure about powder coating....
ano is just a coating, it does not strengthen the aluminum itself. hard ano'ing will create harder surface than raw alum and provide better wear and abrasion resistance. pc'ing is just like painting but harder. pc can chip and is not abrasion resistant. either or i would say, whichever you prefer the look of.
 

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i think ano frames look nicer, but you can't take the stickers off, they're usually masked off in the ano process.
if there's no clearcoat on the powdercoat, it tends to get dull over time.

i think a purple anodized frame with pink anodized parts would be your style bob.;)
 

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powdercoating also has a very wide range of quality... My friend had his landcruiser's bumpers and bars powdercoated, and it would not come off when it dragged over rocks, other stuff I've seen is soft and like a cheap plastic coating. Hard to tell how well it will come out unless you know your area pcers reputations. It is also thick, and will cause clearance issues if youre not careful. People pc auto wheels, then the center trim cap won't fit back in... So you have to mask threads and maybe other areas. If pc is damaged, there is no way to repair it, the frame would need to be totally stripped of the previous coat before more can be added.

The hard ano coatings seem cool because you can increase surface hardness by quite a bit. I've seen nickle coatings offered as well that shine kinda like chrome. Nickle is some really hard stuff. You could also ano whatever other alum bits and pieces you have to match...

I'd probably call an auto body shop and see what they would charge to spray it. DuPont Nason is some really nice chip-resistant non-clearcoat paint that can be retouched and buffed easily...
 

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personally i would go with ano, if you can get it hard coat ano'd then thats the ticket.

PC is great but chips easily and wears down. Ano loose's color easily

so pick which evil you want
 

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fiddy_ryder said:
ano is just a coating, it does not strengthen the aluminum itself. hard ano'ing will create harder surface than raw alum and provide better wear and abrasion resistance. pc'ing is just like painting but harder. pc can chip and is not abrasion resistant. either or i would say, whichever you prefer the look of.
correct, correct, correct.
and, your right.
RTW.
 

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get the anodized, you will appreciate it's beauty much more.....
yeah....anybody know of a good shop in the LA area???
 

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS said:
what are the pros and cons of each?????
So much of powder coat is dependent on the quality of the guy spraying it. I've had two Santa Cruzes with powder coats that both showed a lot of wear after only a year or two. Cable rub and laying the bike over are the main causes. I also have a hardtail sprayed by Spectrum Powderworks and it has held up very well for 7 years (although it is starting to chip in a place or three).

I have an ano Superlight and the ano looks very nice even after 4 years. There is one spot where the ano has rubbed off because of the cables, but otherwise it looks great. I think under most circumstances, ano will look better longer.

That being said, it's going on a mountain bike and who wants a mountain bike that looks pristine year after year. For me, the decision comes down to color. I could have a black or gray ano on my Delirium or a blue, red or green PC and I've chosen the green PC based on the color. Now if only there was a green ano choice... :)
 

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www.olympicpowdercoating.com

I checked this place out for pricing on a frame and to see some color chips.
They had dozens of fresh off the truck, bare aluminum Intense (I think) frames
sitting outside their lobby. So they probably so a great job. Everyone i ask says
PC is VERY durable but while reasearching on these boards I hear SC's PC is
weak. I think it's on purpose so they sell slightly more expensive ANO frames
once thier PC frames develop a negative rep. I plan on tearing down my bike this
long weekend and taking it next week. I'll post some pics if anyone is intrested.
1T
 

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I have a factory anodized frame and an aftermarket powdercoated frame...both seem to be wearing at about the same rate right now (with probably a slight edge to the powdercoat).

I went with powdercoating for two reasons...cheaper and a lot more color options.

The place I went to does a lot of bike stuff for manufacturers, so they actually had these plug cap things they put in the frame (headset/bottom bracket/pivots) to prevent the clearance issues mentioned above.

In the end I went with a silver flake base with a 'psycho green' translucent on top (and they clearcoated the crap out of it). To be honest the silver flake didn't show as much as the shop and I had hoped...and they did offer to respray it, but I really needed the frame back (I only had 3 days before going to whistler).

Point is, you have a lot of choices with powdercoat. One of the guys at that shop was building a lot of customer motorcycle stuff...he had a couple frames he was doing flames on and stuff (all in powdercoat). Pretty cool, if I go back I might have to go really crazy on the design.
 

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I had my Uzzi powdercoated last year by a local shop. The work came out great, they just covered the areas where there was the potential for clearance issues. I just got my hands on my first Ano frame, time will tell if it holds up. I think that Ano has a cool factor to it since it's lighter and not as common.
 

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Ano is quite a bit lighter - around 0.5 to 2 pounds on a frame. Excess weight is always bad, even on a DH bike - a 43 lb bike feels better than a 45 lb bike. Ano is also much more durable.

Powdercoating is cheaper.
 

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watermoccasin said:
Ano is quite a bit lighter - around 0.5 to 2 pounds on a frame. Excess weight is always bad, even on a DH bike - a 43 lb bike feels better than a 45 lb bike. Ano is also much more durable.
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cool ......i am weight weenie this bike
 
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