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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:13 pm 
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Hi All.

Been on this site on and off for a year or more. I have purchased a road bike frame (Pacific Reach - scandium frame) and am getting it built up at my local bike shop.

Can anyone enlighten me about Scandium, I dont really know much about it. Does it serve any real function, or is it just some cool gimmick thing that people say they have on their bikes, ie, because its some kind of rare metal?

The main reason I got the frame is because it is a Ltd/Anniversary edition and because of the colour, but the fact its part Scandium is coincidental. Some parts on the bike eg the seatpost and bars are also going to be Scandium (KCNC) but I was more curious than anything.

Any info greatly appreciated, thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:44 pm 
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Ridiculously light material but some people see it very much as a material without a long life span. I've got a scandium Salsa and it makes aluminium frames feel heavy.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:47 pm 
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yeah, scandium was aimed at the racing whippets!! not really for the heavier chap (like me)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:50 pm 
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Thanks, the box the frame came in seemed empty :-), so that explains it. Once the bike is built with some other light parts I am sure it will weigh next to nothing, which suits me so I dont have to do my back in when moving it about.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:52 pm 
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jonnyboy666 wrote:
yeah, scandium was aimed at the racing whippets!! not really for the heavier chap (like me)


The bikes in this range can carry people up to 105kg and i am about 80, so wont put too much strain on the frame or the super light wheelset thats going to go on the bike, so hopefully I wont break anything too soon


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:56 pm 
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My scandium frame without BB and headset cam in at around 1.3Kg. My old Klein was around 1.45Kg.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:59 pm 
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Tazio wrote:
My scandium frame without BB and headset cam in at around 1.3Kg. My old Klein was around 1.45Kg.


wow, it's amazing a bike frame can be that light


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:19 am 
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my yeti has a scandium tube...not sure which one(s)... i weighed in the 100-110kg range and it hasn't fallen apart yet after nearly 10 years... even with a big dent in the down tube...

the main idea of scandium is that it reduces the grain size for the metal, so its better for wielding properties so yo u add it to an aluminium alloy that has higher strength that doesn't weld as well as regular weldable versions, so you can make smaller tubes that are lighter, but just as strong as the regular 6-7000 series. So that makes the tubes lighter and more comfy, but don't loose any strength.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:41 pm 
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seadragonpisces wrote:
Tazio wrote:
My scandium frame without BB and headset cam in at around 1.3Kg. My old Klein was around 1.45Kg.


wow, it's amazing a bike frame can be that light


carbon fibre hard tail frames come in under 900 g.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:55 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
carbon fibre hard tail frames come in under 900 g.


True.

But will they last? :)


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