I originally posted a thread about my RM ETS-X50 frame breaking. The thread can be seen at:
OUCH! My ETS-X50 broke!
Well, I finally got my frame, an '05, and it took 10 weeks.
The Good Stuff
I'm very pleased with the look of the frame (haven't ridden it yet, which is covered below in the Bad Stuff). RM has beefed up the area where the ETS-X frames were breaking a ton with quite a bit of gussetting. They also changed the seat-tube diameter from 26.8mm to 27.2mm. The down-tube has been ovalized at the BB end (I think they made this change in '04), which means the frame will not have as much lateral flex.
The Bad Stuff
Aside from taking forever to get a new frame (I'm glad I waited for an '05 'cause it seems they eliminated the problems of frame breakage), they changed the width of the shock pivot, so my LBS had to call them and ask RM to send the new bushings in order to mount my rear shock. This will tack on another week since the shipment has to clear customs into the U.S.
Also, since RM changed the seat-tube diameter, I have to buy an new seatpost. I called RM and talked to Rob in the warranty department. He said they didn't have anything laying around that would fit that he could give me or I could purchase (yeah, you read it right PURCHASE!). WHAT?!? Why the *^%*^@#% should I have to purchase a new seatpost? I asked him if they had shims to make the old one fit - NOPE! He told me to talk with my LBS and have them call RM and talk to him so they could work out a swap or something. Yeah, like I'll do that so I can wait another 1-2 weeks for the seatpost to arrive. So, I'm stuck with dropping another $80 for a new one so I can ride.
It took forever to get the new frame, and it's still waiting for the build-up due to the shock mount bushings. But, I'm glad I waited for an '05 'cause they corrected several problems. I'm pissed at RM for not sending the bushings and a new seatpost, cause I hate dropping $$$ for no good reason.
All-in-all, I love the way my RM ETS-X50 rides. Since my frame broke I've had the chance to ride a ton of bikes - Tomac, Litespeed Niota, Specialized FSR, Specialized Epic, Giant NRS and VT, Trek Fuel - and none hold a candle to the RM. It climbs and decends better than any of them. If you're considering buying a RM ETS-X50, I'd get an '05 with no worries.
I'll keep you posted on how she rides!
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