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    New Flyte Celsius 9 29er frame

    Sorry if this has already been posted, but it looks like Airborne is no longer available in the US and Flyte is now the US brand. The frame is a 6061 butted aluminum that MSPR for $399. This is from their site:

    Custom Double Butted 6061 aluminum tubing
    ATX (All Trail Xross-platform) geometry will accommodate forks from 70 to 125mm of travel
    29" Wheels offer significant advantages in stability and marinating wheel inertia
    NEW 1 1/8" oversized INTERNAL CNC machined head tube
    Hydro-Formed 52mm Top Tube with Integrated Gusset
    Hydro-Formed 60mm Down Tube with Integrated Gusset
    Hydro-Formed RADX-OS 25.4mm, tapered, and ovalized chainstays
    RADX-OS 22.2mm curved and tapered seat stays
    Extended seat tube increases stand over height while creating a smaller and stiffer front triangle.
    Brazed Water Bottle Bosses; Flyte uses ONLY brazed bosses NOT alloy pop-rivets.
    Two-Tone Velocity Paint
    Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
    CNC machined 68mm English threaded bottom bracket.
    Compatible with either V Brake or Disc Brake Systems (Hydraulic or Cable Actuated)
    Frame Utilizes 27.2mm Seat Post Diameter / Recommended Length = 400mm
    Frame Utilizes 31.8mm / 1 Front Derailleur Clamp (MTB: Top Pull / Top Swing)
    Wheel Size 29" 29" 29"
    A Center to Top 16.0 18.0 20.0
    B Effective Top Tube 22.6 23.6 24.5
    C Actual Top Tube 21.9 22.7 23.5
    D Head Tube Angle 70.5 71 71
    E Seat Tube Angle 74 74 74
    F Head Tube Length 3.74 3.94 4.33
    G Wheel Base 42.1 42.93 43.79
    H BB Drop 2.5 2.5 2.5
    I Chain Stay Length 17.5 17.5 17.5
    Fork Rake 1.5 1.5 1.5
    Maximum Fork Travel 125mm 125mm 125mm
    Weight lbs. 4.03 4.17 4.23
    Weight kgs. 1.83 1.89 1.92
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    Some say 29" is for 6' and over, Flyte thinks 6' and under :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    Some say 29" is for 6' and over, Flyte thinks 6' and under :-)
    I am 6'1 and I would pick the 18".
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    Haha, let's keep that can of worms closed! Then, I probably agree with you, knowing your preference for drop bars and shortish top tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    Haha, let's keep that can of worms closed! Then, I probably agree with you, knowing your preference for drop bars and shortish top tubes.
    Heck, depending on the headtube height I might like the 16" frame!

    Part of the reason is the 74 degree seat tube angle. I would not need to push the saddle as far forward on the post.
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    mmm... marinating wheel inertia

    29" Wheels offer significant advantages in stability and marinating wheel inertia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allroy
    29" Wheels offer significant advantages in stability and marinating wheel inertia
    Ha! Great catch. That's hilarious.

    So, is that a sweet or spicy marinade?

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    Downtube clearance?

    About time someone did a cheapish alloy frame for folks on a budget!

    I think there's a serious potential problem, though - with an integrated HS in there, it doesn't look like there's going to be squat for fork/downtube clearance. Looks like there's only 4 or 5mm under there, whereas I usually build _at least_ 10-12mm of space between the bottom of the HT and the bottom of the HT/DT weld, PLUS use a non-integrated headset (so add another 10-16mm). That's 25mm or so between the crown race and the bottom of the DT/HT joint to make sure a Reba or WB will clear. Looks like here we're talking about 15mm or so, max. But maybe my eyesight and/or guesstimating abilities suck.

    With a relatively light aluminum frame, a fork/DT smash could be pretty catastrophic (heck, it can be with steel or ti, too, if you set her down hard enough!) Someone should put in a call to those guys before they rush this sucker into production to make sure they've thought about this.

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    I sure hope they find a way to clean up that HT/TT/DT junction. It looks like cr@p - kind of like they used chunky peanut butter to hold it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allroy
    29" Wheels offer significant advantages in stability and marinating wheel inertia
    What about the "brazed" bottle bosses. Can you even braze aluminum?
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    No.

    They probably mean welded bosses.

    -W

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    What about the "brazed" bottle bosses. Can you even braze aluminum?
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    That's a pretty nice price point for a frame, but that frame is doing nothing for me. the head tube, top tube, downtube junction just looks poorly thought out and weak.

    Also as Walt mentioned, I'b be scared of fork/downtube interference in a major way with that frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt
    They probably mean welded bosses.

    -W
    At least they didn't say "braised" to complement their "marinated" bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    That's a pretty nice price point for a frame, but that frame is doing nothing for me. the head tube, top tube, downtube junction just looks poorly thought out and weak.

    Also as Walt mentioned, I'b be scared of fork/downtube interference in a major way with that frame.
    I doubt if the junction is weak. It is very similar to the way may FR/DH/DJ frames are made. The fork clearance is the only issue I see.
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    tire clearance?

    Has anyone seen or ridden one of these? How is the tire clearance? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim_pickens
    Has anyone seen or ridden one of these? How is the tire clearance? Thanks.
    Slim,
    They're not available until Spring of next year.

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