meagerdude

I am a professional photographer with a great deal of passion for documenting mountain biking culture. Follow me on Instagram at "Meagherdude".

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Aug 6, 2019 at 14:34
Aug 6, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
EverClear frame tape by Miles wide seems to be another tape I missed. C'est la vie.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Aug 1, 2019 at 8:00
Aug 1, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@bok-CZ: I suspect that it'd be more than $20 ????! Realistically, spraying a frame with paint takes about 5-10 minutes per frame if the process isn't automated. But installing a full monty style of film would have to be done by hand, and it still takes a skilled technician 90 minutes to do a single frame. When you're talking about a mid size bike manufacturer that churns out 10-15k frames a year, that'd be an extra 15k-22k man hours that would need to be paid. By the buyer.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Aug 1, 2019 at 7:55
Aug 1, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@clubmanager: Check with their site. Santa Cruz may be able to lend a hand, I'm thinking, as Iago is one of their riders.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 31, 2019 at 12:54
Jul 31, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@bok-CZ: do you seriously think they'd only charge us $20USD for that?!?!?
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 31, 2019 at 12:51
Jul 31, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@HendersonMike: Are you riding alloy frames or carbon? And I agree that racer taping the beejeesus out of a frame will ugly it up--I'll take just the essentials, thank you! But the full wrap jobs look pretty damn good, and appear to hold up well.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 31, 2019 at 9:04
Jul 31, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
Simple Economics: these kinds of full monty tape wraps need to be applied by hand. That cost of labor plus materials cost would easily be $100-$200 more for a new bike. They could apply more paint, but that'd still chip and would add about the same $$ to the finished product.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 31, 2019 at 8:59
Jul 31, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
That's mastic tape--been a chain stay saver on my bikes for years until bikes started coming out with TPU factory guards.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 31, 2019 at 8:54
Jul 31, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@andrewbikeguide: the 3M 8672 pretty much IS racer tape; however the prices for it online I was finding was a bit more $$ as it was coming in 36 yard long rolls vs 30 foot rolls; I couldn't find the 2888 tape online, but if it's the same as the 8672 but thicker, I suspect it's the 14mil thick racer tape I said was best for BB and or chain stays if they weren't already protected at the factory level.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 31, 2019 at 8:19
Jul 31, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@HendersonMike: what tape did you use? I've never had bad results with plain old racer tape in over a decade of use, and the self healing capabilities of the automotive tapes is pretty amazing--park it in the sun and rub it a bit and scuffs disappear.
meagerdude meagerdude's article
Jul 30, 2019 at 16:05
Jul 30, 2019
7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
@Inertiaman: it wasn't turning up in my research, nor had I personally ever used it; but enough people have commented that likely that cat is out of the bag.
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