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Fresh Metal…

Well, sorry to be a bit of a tease, I had some things to sort out before I could bring you more pictures of my new arrival so lets kick off:

Ta-da! In the flesh and it looks just like the drawing!

Ta-da! In the flesh and it looks just like the drawing!

The good news is that it all appears to have gone smoothly. Hardest thing was trying to get it out of the bubble wrap – must have taken me 15min just to do that!

Frame finish was all good, there was still a bit of swarf/blasting sand in and around the tubes but nothing too drastic. The taper on the down tube has been done really neatly and the tyre clearance around the chain stays looks just right – the tubes haven’t been squished to a third of their thickness!

Lovely chunky clean welds, all looks tidy here.

Lovely chunky clean welds, all looks tidy here.

The dimensions look fine – but I’m going to build it up and ride it without checking any of them so I’m not coloured with any pre-judgement.

Yep, all seems OK from this angle

Yep, all seems OK from this angle

Having checked it over CSI style there’s only one point that I can find fault with and that’s the bend of the seat stays. If you look closely on the top pic around halfway down the seat stay you’ll notice a bit of a lump, the tubes been slightly crimped there as it’s been bent. Not a big deal and most people probably wouldn’t even notice – it’s been done on both sides so at least they’re consistent!

Bottom bracket area looking good too.

Bottom bracket area looking good too.

The only other thing which isn’t ‘perfect’ is the weight – picking the bigger tubes has put the frame weight up by about 100g according to our laser accurate kitchen scales! Now I was told that it would come in about 3.5lbs but I have a feeling that Porter probably says that to everyone 🙂

Total weight is around 3.75lbs which is a little on the porky side for a Ti frame but I think it’s safe to say it’s unlikely to break! At least that gives me something to shoot for in Mk 3 frameset  – although that won’t be for a little while yet (wait for the £ to creep up a bit more!). We’d be looking to butt the head, top and down tubes to take a little heft out of them which should bring the weight back down closer to 3.5lbs again.

Stay tuned for the build pics and ride report – might have to wait for the weekend as I’ve remembered how high I felt the front end was getting. Expect a new/old skool take on the XC classic…