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massitesi

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Hi guys!
I have a question , what Kind o rubber or other stuff did you use to protect the front dereailleur cable coming up from the hole at the bottom end of the Seat tube? , i haven t find any in the housing kit within the box!!!
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Yuryy

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Ballpoint pen refill)
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massitesi

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ciao yuryy thanks that's a good idea !!!!

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massitesi

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sorry guys i took away all the small parts for painting the frame, does anybody knows if these rubber insert are for the brakes cable holes ?
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these are the parts

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kowalski

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Another soon to be Carbonda owner here. I placed my order with Adam last week for a 54cm frame with no fender/rack mounts. I'm going to build it up with most of the parts off my current road bike, an Orbea Avant. I'll post pics and a review once I get it and build it up.

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I joined this forum specifically for this discussion.  Does anyone have longer term updates on their CFR505 frames?

I came across the Workswell-R-125 (Open Cycles UP clone) but do not love the square-ish seatpost; it would really limit options.  I kept digging for economical gravel frames (of all frame material types) and came across the CFR505, this thread, and the weightweenies thread.  The CFR505 is checking off a lot of my "wants".  I like the fact that there are at least some customization options (bottle, rack, and fender mounts) on the Carbonda frame.

Some questions:
  • Contacting Carbonda - Is everyone contacting Adam and making the purchase directly through their website, or is everything initiated and handled through their posting on Alibaba (link)?  Contact via Alibaba is listed as Sunny Jiang.
  • Price - I've seen various price quotes.  I could contact Sunny or Adam, but would rather ask here what everyone has been spending?  I just want to get a rough idea.
  • Added bottle mounts - I see that adding bottle mounts under the down tube is an option.  Has anyone had bottle mounts added to the top tube for mounting a bolt-on tank bag (similar to the Open UP frame)?  Just wondering if its possible.
  • Rack/Fender mounts - Are there mounts to run fenders AND a rack at the same time, or do you have to choose 1?
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zuren

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Originally Posted by 2Balls
...Adam agreed to building a frame without the upper seat-stay bolts (at no extra charge). To me they detract from the otherwise clean lines of the frame and I don't think I'd ever fit mudguards or racks (and even if the need arose, I'm sure I could buy or make a clamp arrangement to serve the purpose...


Based on a lot of reading and research I've done, the general advise/guidance I've seen is to not clamp anything on the tubes of a carbon fiber frame that were not designed to be clamped.  A carbon fiber seat post is designed to take the stresses.  I have no experience personally, just what I've heard/read/found.  As long as padded the seatstays (old tire inner tube) and did not load heavy, you would probably be fine.
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@zuren

No long term experience here yet - have only just received my frame and building it up right now. But to answer your questions from my recent experience: 

1. Personally I emailed Carbonda with my questions and Adam responded within a day. His signature included his Skype details so after that we finished our business chatting on Skype. He just needed to send me the final order by email to confirm and then Paypal request for payment.
2. Pretty sure you will always have the latest best price directly from Adam.
3. I too had mounts added under downtube, pretty sure they can do top of top tube as well for a small additional cost.
4. There's only one set of mounts unless you specifically ask them to add more. But I guess you can simply use longer bolts to attach both to the same mounts?

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Ordered two frames cfr505 frames in size 54. One painted "British racing green" matt finish and one in bmc red for my buddy. Will build it up with hydraulic 105 and 650b wheels with Terrene Elwood 47 light rubber. Wheelset will probably be Fulcrum red passion. Looking forward to crushing the dirt roads outside Oslo, Norway!
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Just ordered my frame from Adam.  Going with Sram Force 22 Hydro shifters/brakes with WiFli RD - 11-32. Stan's Grail Tubeless with Schwalbe G-0nes.  Was initially going to build up a wheelset with Hope Pro 4 hubs but Performance Bike has 25% off on Grail wheelset this week.

Question:  What size rotors will I need?  160mm front 140mm rear?

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just got my frameset last week and slowly have been putting it together. Question for other owners, does your upper headset bearing sit flush or does it stick out a little? 
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massitesi

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Just ordered my frame from Adam.  Going with Sram Force 22 Hydro shifters/brakes with WiFli RD - 11-32. Stan's Grail Tubeless with Schwalbe G-0nes.  Was initially going to build up a wheelset with Hope Pro 4 hubs but Performance Bike has 25% off on Grail wheelset this week.

Question:  What size rotors will I need?  160mm front 140mm rear?

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massitesi

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You can use both !!!!
I have 160 With shimano
Need an adapter
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massitesi

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just got my frameset last week and slowly have been putting it together. Question for other owners, does your upper headset bearing sit flush or does it stick out a little? 
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massitesi

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I changed mine
But both sat well well in place
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martijus

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Ordered two frames cfr505 frames in size 54. One painted "British racing green" matt finish and one in bmc red for my buddy. Will build it up with hydraulic 105 and 650b wheels with Terrene Elwood 47 light rubber. Wheelset will probably be Fulcrum red passion. Looking forward to crushing the dirt roads outside Oslo, Norway!

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^ Full build pics when you're done [smile]
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Hi Guys

Joined for this discussion. [wink]

I, as well, purchased a CFR505. I'm on my fourth Chinese import frame and this is by far the best build quality I've had so far.
I always do an "endoscopy" of the frames I receive, to review internal mould quality (at least what can be seen). This frame had VERY little internal wrinkling compared to other Chinese import frames. It's very obvious that it's made with EPS moulding tech in contrary to the usual PU-bladder moulding. It's generally very clean on the inside and only had minor issues with some delaminating around the different rivets. This is certainly a point they could improve on.

Anyways. I have an issue with the fork steerer.
The bottom diameter of the steerer (the 1,5" part) is too large. That means that the race and bearing does not fit.

Has anyone else had this issue?
What I'm interested in, is if this is a general issue or just me being unlucky...?

I have already fixed the issue by sanding the steerer a bit. Bearing and race fits now.

I know, pics or it didn't happen [wink]

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canflyboy

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Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get the frame delivered.  I put an order in last week with a custom paint (two tone) and was curious what the typical wait time is to have the frame delivered

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unagidon

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I'm considering the Carbonda CFR 505 too! Wondering whether to order the seat post or not. Those that ordered with the seat post, any thoughts about it? I do have some 27.2 seat posts lying around, but if the quality is good, I'm okay have another one. Trust it'll be lighter than the FSA SLK seat post that I have...


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Finished !!!!!

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Finished !!!!!



very nice! what are the specs?
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ventti

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I've had mine built up for a few weeks now.

Built up with SRAM Red 22, 34/50 up front and 11-32 in the back with Roadlink. TRP Spyre with 140mm discs. Wheels are Mason x Hunt 4season Disc with the Carbonda supplied axles. Rubber is currently G-One 38mm tubeless and the pictured cheapo plastic fenders are 50mm wide - hardly enough clearance there but then the fenders will really only be on for foul weather brevets and commuting, on 28-32mm tyres.

Been busy with other stuff recently so I've only done a couple of rides for around 200km total. First impression is that the frame feels really nice, both comfortable and responsive at the same time. Cockpit setup is a bit upright for now and I do like my Thomsons and Brooks saddle which to me make any frame comfortable, but I will be experimenting with other saddles and seatposts on this one.

Only 2 small issues I've encountered with the frame so far are:
1) needed to sand quite a bit of excess paint from the rear brake mount to get the caliper to line up correctly - I guess on steel frames facing flat mounts is recommended practice anyways but not sure about carbon frames?
2) nearly thrashed one of the seatstay fender mount rivets already when tightening a bolt a bit carelessly - watch out for this as the supplied bolts are on the long side.

I'll post more once I've had a chance to ride it some more and take better pics. But at this point I like it and would recommend/buy again myself.

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Just ordered a 48cm last Friday, in matte celeste green (Pantone 332). I'll be swapping parts from my current bike.

What type of headset does it take? I didn't order with headset since I read on some thread (can't remember which one) that the headset is not the greatest. Will post pics once it's built!
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