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  1. #1
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    New question here. Aluminium frame and weld - is this OK?

    Hello there! I am newbie in bike world, recently I bought Cannondale Trail SL3 (2013 year). This bike amazes me, good paint colors, good frame, quite good hinged equipment. I hope it will be good experience and good bike for my first serious bike.

    I have a question to you. There is a fragment of top tube, seat tube and top stay on the photos below. The left side and the right side. You can see the welds in the red rectangles.
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    As you can see, the welds are quite different. On the right side it looks like thick seam, so on the other side the seam is more smooth. So I thought that both of seams must be similar, but we can see other case. Does it matter and can I get some troubles like cracks in the future? Does it matter for the mechanical strength of the nodes? I mean, is it a production defect or something like this or just "don't worry and go ride"?

  2. #2
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    Nothing to worry about, that's what Cannondales look like now.

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    Ah, thank you very much for answer! Well, that's good news! Thanks again, now I am happy.

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