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My new Tsunami...

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Well, since I have odd body dimensions I wanted a custom frame again...this time more race oriented, however I didn't have a lot of money to spend. Looking around it appeared the best deal out there was a custom frame from Tsunami Cycles since they do custom geometry for $650.00.

The frame is heat treated aluminum...which some might not like due to aluminums reputation for a harsh ride...however, I've had several aluminum bikes and never had issues with the ride. Initial reviews of this frame are good. The bike is stiff, but dropping the tire pressure a little gives a more than acceptable ride.

The frame was built up with the parts from my Velo Vie and the frame weight is 2 pounds 13 ounces (with headset installed). Total bike weight is 18 pounds 6 ounces with cages and powertap on the bike.


57cm Top Tube
50cm Seat Tube
11.2cm Head Tube (14cm total stack height)
73.5 degree HTA
74 degree STA

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American Built

Front End

Seat Tube Juncture

Back of the bike

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(Nice color by the way :D )

I concur with everything you've written. I've done plenty of 90-100 mile rides on mine, and it's as comfortable as anything I've ridden (and that includes my former all-carbon frame, a Parlee, who's geometry was replicated down to the mm on my Tsunami, with the exception of .5cm longer top tube). The biggest impact on long haul comfort is not the frame, but rather it's found messing around with just the right tires/pressure combo. I'm happiest right around 100psi on 25c tires.

Congrats on a great frame/bike. I didn't know they did internal cable routing. Nice touch. Guess that's why it's called "custom!" :thumbsup:
from what i've seen, tsunami doesn't clean up their welds on the surface. what you see is what you get with tig & argon purge weld by an f.a.a. certified welder. i'd take that over a sanded & made aesthetically pretty weld by a kid in a factory overseas. fyi, just because it looks pretty on the final bike (after sanding, prepping, painting, etc.) doesn't mean boo. when you get a photo of raw frame from tsunami post-weld, you'll see just how the frame responded to the heat/stress. not to say a scattante isn't a decent frame or made well, and maybe it is, but you get what you pay for. seriously, comparing a couple of hundred $ factory frame (and that's AFTER it makes it outta the factory, through any number of middlemen, and into the retail channel), to custom handbuilt in u.s. with easton 7005 tubing? apples to oranges.
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