yes- big mistake on Ibis's part. I ordered an SL last october, and it came in with no rubberized paint at the front of the frame, but rubberized back triangle. It was a major pain exchanging it and finding a rubberized front end. The un-rubberized frame felt rough- not soft and supple like the rubberized portion. Luckily after a week or so a rubberized front half was found and installed.
The website erroneously says rubberized is still available, but my LBS confirmed all new frames will not have that finish. IMO, the unfinished is not nearly as nice, so find a 2009 if you can.
Wow, I was unaware of this change, as my SL sits at my LBS waiting for parts. Do you know if frame skin, on the non rubberized parts make it looks darker? That's the main reason I have not purchased frame skin from Fishboy yet.
Anyone have any pictures, close up picture preferred, of the new front triangle without the rubberized paint?
There had also been some problems with the rubberized paint and certain degreasers. Mostly orange degreasers when mixed with teflon lubes during cleaning broke down the rubberized coating, This is the same problem that some chain guides get over time with mineral spirit lubes and certain degreasers.
Hi Mojo Man, I guess what I wanted to know is, if the new clear coat is the same/similar to the clear coat on the painted frames. If so, the frame skin should not darken the color of the carbon, I'm guessing. If it is a different clear coat, similar to the rubber coat, the frame skin will probably make those area's where the frame skin is applied, look like the Non SL Nude carbon Mojo.
AWESOME!!!! Mojo_Man!!!! Exactly what I needed!!! Looks like the Frame Skin has the same effect, similar to the rubberized paint. I'm looking forward to my darker SL frame. I would have loved either one, equally, so, I am still very happy. They both look great.
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