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    Question New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    I'm wondering what weight rider this is ment for. Would this give a harsh ride in a larger (61-62cm) frame size for a rider @ 210lbs?

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by High Gear View Post
    larger (61-62cm) frame size for a rider @ 210lbs?
    I would say that's what it's for.
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    I would think that too, but will it ride like a vintage cannondale is the question. I have the possible choice of having a lugged Max frame or going with a Spirit lugged frame, and would like a "all day" ride....you know, vertically comfortable, but not whippy in the BB.

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    I would say that's what it's for.
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Question, are you building your frame, or is someone else?
    If it's someone else, I'd suggest going with what they feel you need.
    If it's you, I'd say go with the Max, at your size and weight. The Spirit for lugs is going to make a more flexible frame, but at 5'10" and 195, I'd ride that all day.
    It won't ride like a vintage Cannondale, it'll ride really well (if properly designed) and you can always smooth the ride out a bit more with tire width and pressure.
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    You could get the best combo of weight, stiffness AND lugs by going with the UOS Columbus tubes from Mr Sachs.

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    i ride a 56cm frame, weigh 190 or so

    i find the MAX works well for me but ymmv - think of it as a rough-road frame that works well for big guys
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Hi guys. These would be built for me by either Somec with the lugged Spirit or if Tommasini still has the lugs for the Max tubes, I could go that rout. I have a 61 cm De Rosa Primato built with EL OS and have no proble

    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    Question, are you building your frame, or is someone else?
    If it's someone else, I'd suggest going with what they feel you need.
    If it's you, I'd say go with the Max, at your size and weight. The Spirit for lugs is going to make a more flexible frame, but at 5'10" and 195, I'd ride that all day.
    It won't ride like a vintage Cannondale, it'll ride really well (if properly designed) and you can always smooth the ride out a bit more with tire width and pressure.

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Hi guys. These would be built for me by either Somec with the lugged Spirit or if Tommasini still has the lugs for the Max tubes, I could go that rout. I have a 61 cm De Rosa Primato built with EL OS and have no problem with flex. I have no clue about this Niobium material. I mean, the Nivacrom was the bomb for so long. Was it really worth the change for columbus?

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    i ride a 56cm frame, weigh 190 or so

    i find the MAX works well for me but ymmv - think of it as a rough-road frame that works well for big guys
    Sounds like we're the same size. I've been on the fence about building a Spirit for lugs copy of my Waterford, or building a Max bike. The roads are so crappy where I live, I'm about to call Joe B and get some Max tubes.
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Tomax1.jpgTomax2.jpgJust wanted to post this pic.

    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    Sounds like we're the same size. I've been on the fence about building a Spirit for lugs copy of my Waterford, or building a Max bike. The roads are so crappy where I live, I'm about to call Joe B and get some Max tubes.

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Found this info below on Max tubing from Anvil bikes. I think now I feel comfortable in owning one.

    Columbus MAX Bikes: Various Technical Discussions about Columbus MAX

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    We bi-axially ovalized and press-formed the UOS Pego-Richie stuff on the last steel road frame we made.
    I think that's going to be what we stick with from now on.

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    90% of the steel road bikes I've sold are MAX. I like it because it doesn't twist and it feels "one piece" when you're diving into corners and stuff. It's solid ride makes it nice on any surface, especially paired with a modern carbon fork or a robust steel fork. The MAX blades are silly- we've used some segmented forks build with Reynolds MTB blades that have made for some real solid bombers.
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    I've been doing Max and Minimax for quite a few builds recently. I've personally got a Max road bike and a Minimax cross bike. To me, I can't tell the difference on the road between a Max frame and other frames with a 35 mm down tube and 31.8 mm seat tubes and top tubes. And similarly, I can't tell the difference between the Minimax frame and other frames with a 31.8 mm down tube and 28.6 mm seat tubes and top tubes. I use Zona or Life stays depending on the application. I like both bikes. I ride 54s. In terms of what weight they are "meant for", that's all subjective.
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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    I just wanted to pass on that in my quest to find lugs for a Max frame build, I came up short handed. What ever is out there that is left, is in the hands of builders. You can get a nice lugged Max frame from this guy here Home - Rychtarski custom bicycles , or maybe from a builder on this forum?

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Ceeway stocks these tanks of lugs - Lugs


    Quote Originally Posted by High Gear View Post
    I just wanted to pass on that in my quest to find lugs for a Max frame build, I came up short handed. What ever is out there that is left, is in the hands of builders. You can get a nice lugged Max frame from this guy here Home - Rychtarski custom bicycles , or maybe from a builder on this forum?

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    Default Re: New Max tube set, anyone use it yet?

    Ceeway is out of them....all gone!

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