Thanks guys!! It's nice to have a frame that I can legitimately use furniture polish on for cleaning.... as ever, the build proceeds in glacial time, partly because my espresso machine needs replacing but mostly because I'm slack, and besides, it's too cold outside.
It'd be interesting to see how much wood I could squeeze onto this thing, but I run out of ideas after handlebars, bottle cage and mudguards.... meuh.
I was disappointed by the weight, especially considering that some bamboo frames are as light as aluminium, but then again they are very affordable frames.
Strong, light, cheap .... choose any two eh! Yeah, I'd have preferred a lighter frame, but for a first frame made out of wood/bamboo/fancy grass, I'm happy to trade in some weight for a bit of strength.
That said, I was looking at the Zambike frame, which is similar and twice the price and that's a full pound heavier... I wonder what the Calfree frames weigh??
The alloy "lugs" don't look cannondale to me , they either weld or sand their welds much smoother as well as fatter crimped chainstays and def no gusset under the ht/dt intersection. I believe this type of construction starts with an entire alloy frame and cut out the sections that will be replced with the second type of tube which needs an overlap for bonding purposes.
Nah, I know it's not a Commonfail, interestingly, the blurb says that the alloy parts are indeed recycled frames, but I'm sceptical. How do they maintain the tolerances and what if a previous owner was particularly harsh? I guess the frames are 'seconds' from Taiwan somewhere??