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    Anyone here heard of Dark Cycles?

    I've been casting about for a steel hardtail, and came across their website. The Supernove looks like a promising prospect. Anyone ever seen or ridden one of these? I'd be interested in your feedback. Thanks.
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    They had a display booth at the Toronto Spring bike show. Their weld quality, build quality, and overall finish looked okay but not quite there yet. They are still working out a lot of design issues any looking for engineers and CAD/CAM people to further the designs.

    The Supernova is constructed of the cheapest materials acceptable for a bike. I don't know if I would trust the bolt on dropouts as there is a long lever from the axle to the bolts that hold it on. Also It seems that the frame design has several types of intended riding but never gets all of them; tire size, frame weight, and fork length of FR, BB height and chainstay length of XC race, set and head tube angles of XC/AM.

    I believe they are trying to sell them at near custom or boutique prices too. I would probably pass on these for now.
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    Thanks for the info

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    I would probably pass on these for now.
    I'll wait to see what happens with them. Thanks.
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    here's a pic I found..
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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHead
    The Supernova is constructed of the cheapest materials acceptable for a bike. I don't know if I would trust the bolt on dropouts as there is a long lever from the axle to the bolts that hold it on.
    Steel may be cheap, but 4130 is still over twice as strong as 7005T6 aluminium, and that's before its heat-treated. As to bolt on dropouts, they're trusted by Santa Cruz on almost all their models.
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    If you're looking for a quality steel frame, check out Chromag Bikes. Whistler-based company, really nice product. Bunch of variations on the theme too.

    http://www.chromagbikes.com/
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    I'd suggest doberman myself, they're in gatineau, quebec.
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