My current race bike is a ’97 Diamondback Reactor Team. I have seen a few articles on the ‘net recently concerning the lifespan of aluminum frames. Would you be concerned about racing a frame this old? I don’t really have the cash for a new frame, but I would prefer not to break one either!
If I get a new one, I am thinking Staats chromoly, Standard 125r, or Supercross chromoly…any opinions? I figure I can use all the parts from the DB.
aluminum does have a shelf life but if your not jumping i wouldnt be to worried.i did ride a cromoly supercross for a year i liked it very much.it was heat treated i believe this makes a chromoly frame alot stiffer not as stiff as aluminum, but pretty stiff. frank k has one now and he likes his and were both big boys 240+ i ride my aluminum frame now. but icould ride the crome one all the same.if your set on chrome look for a heat treated one just my opnion.
Loren if it hasn’t been beaten, not a problem, as fas as stiff, that cro-mo Devo I ride, is as stiff or stiffer than some alum frames. At the quaker state nats, a vendor had a Hyper there, and I coudl get the back drop outs to move alot , can’t do that with the Devo