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I purchased this 02 supercaliber frame from these boards several weeks ago and have finally finished putting it together. I had it stripped, bead blasted, and flat black anodized. This is how it looks at least 5 days a week when commuting. I have a set of ignitors I throw on for the trails. I have been thoroughly impressed with this bike and am glad I took the plunge. Thanks for the collective insight from this forum.
 

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And the nice thing about the flat black and no decals is that no one would want to steal it. Especially with those ghetto brake cables!

-M
 

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shot peening

farley325 said:
I I had it stripped, bead blasted, and flat black anodized. .
Hey Farley, killer commuter! when you say bead-blasted is that similar to shot-peened (if you know)? Did you see how the frame looked raw after that was done but before it was anodized? any pics of that stage?

I have an 03 xcaliber frame that I've wanted to send for shot-peening, but want to leave the raw peened finish, am I going to see the color changes around welds etc? That would make it look like crap. Anyone have any ideas?
 

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I had an old Specialized Rock Hopper sandblasted and polished, and the welds looked fine compared to the rest of the frame.
 

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Reba

Oliver said:
I had an old Specialized Rock Hopper sandblasted and polished, and the welds looked fine compared to the rest of the frame.
Looks nice with the matching Reba!
 

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funny you sat that

I always wanted a frame with the weld halos still visible, thus having an ultra industrial looking/home made looking frame. I was told by a few frame builders I was working with that the heat treating process removes the halos. bummer.

I recommend protecting even an aluminum frame from the elements. Raw aluminum will corrode if not anodized, clear coated, or painted. take a look at an early set of nokon cables to see what im talking about.

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I recommend protecting even an aluminum frame from the elements. Raw aluminum will corrode if not anodized, clear coated, or painted.
are you sure about this? I know IF delivers bikes with a shot peened finish, and no other coatings, etc... but that is titanium.

Sorry to thread hijack, maybe I should start another.
 

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You are right

Ti is fine naked....I was referring to Al and steel.

yeah, second that, on the 'sorry to hijack the thread'. ---sorry

ken
 
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