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How do you tell if a naked frame is a Zaskar aluminum or a Xiang titanium? Are there any markings? Currently the frame in question has 'Made in USA' on the bottom with a serial number starting with 'G'.
 

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robriw3 said:
How do you tell if a naked frame is a Zaskar aluminum or a Xiang titanium? Are there any markings? Currently the frame in question has 'Made in USA' on the bottom with a serial number starting with 'G'.
like he said the weld bead on al is much larger and cruder looking. also, polished aluminum is bright silver white, bare ti is silvery but with a slight golden cast to it in sunlight. seen side by side they would look very different, but if you only have one or the other and aren't familiar with the respective materials, I guess there could be some confusion. funnest way to tell: ride them both, the one that breaks first is the zaskar.
 

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steve3 said:
If you have a made in USA, then you have the Xizang.

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Made in the USA doesn't have anything to do with it. Many Zaskars were made in the U.S. as well. The tubing size will be much larger on the Zaskar and the Zaskar will have a piece a plate welded between the seatstays at the junction of the seattube. The bottom of the toptube and the top of the downtube will intersect before reaching the headtube on the Zaskar, while the headtube on the Xizang will be joined in a more conventional manner.
 
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