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yesterday i was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Adam from Spot to not only visit and ride the park, but also to actually hold and handle a Cream frame. this is Spot's newest offering which will be released in a couple of weeks.

wow.... this frame is incredible!

Spot is an example of a company who listens to the feedback of their customers and actually rides their own products to enjoy/critique/refine them. to this end the Cream takes all of the good attributes of the Honey Badger, which are many, and combines them with updates they've implemented by learning FROM the Honey Badger - then beautifully combines them in titanium to arrive at the Cream.

having a Honey Badger that i absolutely LOVE i was very excited when Adam reached in his Sprinter and with a knowing look of "check THIS out" handed me a Cream frame. oh, did i drool!

the workmanship is remarkable, and imho it is a work of art. it will be offered unfinished as well as in a coated finish for the cretins who lack the refinement to appreciate the beauty of raw ti.

yes, it is a bit spendy but well worth it. some of the features of this frame are the "animal leg" seatstays and track frame cutout on the seatstay. aside from the obvious unique bend of the animal leg stays the tubes themselves are uniquely shaped to further tune and refine the ride. these combine to not only enhance the already phenomenal ride of the Badger, but Spot has added a gusset behind the BB shell to increase lateral stiffness without compromising the incredible vertical compliance the stays and cutout seattube offer. it's a ride that, if you haven't ridden a Honey Badger, you cannot even begin to imagine or appreciate.

other features are a beautifully machined headtube, belt drive option, and the ability to run SS, geared, or IGH in either 142 or 135. it also utilizes Spot's proprietary and patented Kobe dropouts as well as their proprietary cable saddles which allow anchoring for all housing needed to run geared (and even a dropper post) yet retaining a clean look when running SS.

let me paraphrase in two words: GET ONE!

now for the bike porn...

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meh... whatever
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UPDATE: the Cream is now officially available.

i just got off the phone with adam and ordered the very first one!

they aren't even up on their website yet, but i'll have tons of pics of the retail frame up next week as soon as it arrives. stay tuned for the build and ride report...
 

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What's the weld in the seatube right below the seatstays all about?
If it's constructed like the Lynskey frames, there is a 100mm long machined tube inserted into the top of the seat tube and welded into place. The thinner seat tube alone is not strong enough for the forces exerted by the seat post.
 

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Clyde on a mission!
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Nice looking frame, but $3500 puts it in custom build territory so I would get a frame built specifically for me and my needs instead.
 

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Nice looking frame, but $3500 puts it in custom build territory so I would get a frame built specifically for me and my needs instead.
highly doubtful (read: virtually impossible) that you could get this frame built by a custom builder for $3500.

for one thing it has spot's proprietary kobe split dropouts, which are precision machined from titanium to very, very tight tolerances. tighter than either the rocker or honey badger. and they are stiffer and imo better than paragon split sliders.

for another, the headtube is also machined out of a single piece of titanium.

the "track bike" cutout on the seat tube would also be very expensive for a custom builder to reproduce.

not to mention the "animal leg" seatstays which are not only curved but are also oval and vary in size throughout the stay to further tune the ride.

it is truly a piece of art and more than worth the entry fee.

as mentioned previously it just arrived today, so i'll be posting pictures of it tomorrow.
 

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Nice frame. But $3500 is a joke for a overseas Ti frame.

Pass.

You know this reminds me of a saying.... About a fool and his money...
 

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I am sure it is a very nice frame and the quality is top notch as it is with my Honey Badger but I have to agree that $3500 for a made in Taiwan frame no matter what is a way too much. You can buy a good quality American made Titanium frame for $3k.

I have a feeling that when the dust settles on the newness you will be able to buy these frames for $2k to $2.5k
 
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