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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:23 pm 
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B.E Boss always got quite good reviews (good value etc). :wink:


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zaskar welding is usually a bit ropey tbh
the asian built ones are neater


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mikee wrote:
the asian built ones are neater


That's due to the smaller hands and sharper eyes of the children forced to build them and all of the British eagle frames.

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(and as much as I hate emotcons I better put this in for clarity and so I don't get burnt as a witch: :lol: )


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pete_mcc wrote:
mikee wrote:
the asian built ones are neater


That's due to the smaller hands and sharper eyes of the children forced to build them and all of the British eagle frames.

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(and as much as I hate emotcons I better put this in for clarity and so I don't get burnt as a witch: :lol: )


I hope those are proper safety sandals


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why is the welding always brought up? Its the mechanical join you've got worry about not how it bloody looks!


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Except for the front end gusseting, very similar to my Lotus XC which were I gather supplied by British Eagle.

They made some nice if unexciting steel tourers at one time - I had one converted to fixed.


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 Post subject: Don't think it's generic
PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:50 pm 
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!!Warning!!
Long post - Get a cup of tea

It was nice and snowy today so I went for a ride

And popped into town to do some research on these generic Far East, Areto(?), frames

Didn't have high hopes of finding any survivors but I lucked out and found two!

Took a camera as well so I could report my finding back to this very helpful thread

And YES I'm looking primarily at welding!

I'm not saying any of the welding I've seen isn't good enough, but the integrity of the mechanical join is dictated by the quality of the welding. Too poor and you may have an area which is not properly fused, which be stress point and may crack

Too good? No such thing as too good and the better appearance is an excellent indicator of quality, like lugwork and brazing. So I defend anyones right to discuss welding!

Bonus welding geek out:

Welding robs aluminium of upto 80% of it's tensile strength and stiffness

This takes 6061-T6 down to the strength of basic 6061

The 'cure' is to heat treat the frame after fabrication, this realigns the 'grain' in the metal

That's why the Zaskar for example is heat treated after fabrication

I shouldn't think old Johnny Generic gets the same luxury

Interestingly time has the same effect...

OK enough geekery, what did I see!

Case 1, is a 'Freespirit' looks passingly similar and the joins are good but not anywhere near the GT and a million miles from the BE

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Case 2, is even better it's a Claude Butler, we've all heard of them and they are a Falcon brand

But it's the same story, similar looking frame layout, big streerer! However these joins actually feel rough to the touch!

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TBH I'm amazed I found two survivors in one day, as other posters have said they are obviously pretty robust

Conclusions:

So I'm of the opinion on the basis of what I have heard, found out and seen that this is not a generic frame. If i'd seen the same standard of construction on these bikes in the street today, I would have agreed that it must be generic. I'm not a mug or a day dreamer

However that isn't the case. They look as you would expect: OK, but a bit on the ropey side

Also as OldDave mentioned BE made those tourers... I found them mentioned on the web as uninteresting other people said they occupied the same market as the Dawes Galaxy series, hence sales were not amazing

Now these are from when BE made their own bikes for a period in the mid 80's to early nineties, they also made MTBs these were proper bikes - These guys were refugees from Coventry Eagle, who got bought out by Falcon

They made their bikes in Powys, Wales

I reckon that as this bikes construction is so superior to the generics, it must have been made by their UK blokes

Then Falcon bough them out and they were just another brand for Falcon to peddle their wares through (pun intended)

- Falcon's flagship brand is Claude Butler and this frame is clearer massively higher quality than that CB

- And it was old school XT throughout

- Just for a final punt to put it beyond reasonable doubt check the cable bosses out:

BE:

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Others:

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Totally different join, they did the whole bike with the same type of rod

Like I said it's obvious the BE frame I have is not quickly produced it would take considerably longer and greater skill to weld that carefully and different rod has been used in different places


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 Post subject: Old thread is old
PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:17 pm 
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Old thread is old...

But one more thing!

I've started my build

But while farting about with the frame, I decided to get the lame stickers off

And look at that:

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Properly heat treated 7005, not heat treated 6061 - which would be awesome, 7005:-)

I know a lot of average bikes are 7005 (just for the label, EG some Dawes bikes), but not heat treated 7005 - the final piece of the puzzle and it's all confirmed

Woohoo I shan't crow

I like the way it was stickered over, you wouldn't mind your friends seeing that it's a British Eagle I suppose, but heaven forbid they should see that it's made of heat treated 7005!

I guess I should kick off a new thread for my build??? It's that the done thing?


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knew I'd seen similar before - heres my Merlin frame turned into a Stumpjumper:


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