In frame tank Felt (gasbike) vs skyhawk frame

gary55

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does the one shown in the picture handle badly? which way makes it rough.
I don't know that I would call it badly. Some people like the handling of mountain bikes, and this seems between a MB and a cruiser. A bit high centered and to quick to turn for my liking. It is a matter of individual preference.
 


Sitherus

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I don't know that I would call it badly. Some people like the handling of mountain bikes, and this seems between a MB and a cruiser. A bit high centered and to quick to turn for my liking. It is a matter of individual preference.
so its like sports bike vs cruiser
 

JunkyardDog

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As was mentioned, the Felt frame is not designed as a gas tank. It us not sealed, and may not be sealable. I believe that the place where you would have to cut the hole and weld a filler neck may be double walled. I watched a video of a so called expert builder have all kinds of problems trying to convert a Felt fake gas tank into a real one. Even if you are successful, you would have top repaint the frame because of the welding. No doubt the Felt frame is better quality than the Skyhawk frame, but I don't believe it is really suitable for a gas tank. I'm considering a more conventional build using a Felt Bixby frame. They are all made in China, but Felt frames are most likely higher quality than the Skyhawk. Everything made by Skyhawk seems to be about the same quality as a cheap Chinese scooter. My last Trek mountain bike was made in China, but in to Trek's specifications. It held up very well.
 

Sitherus

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As was mentioned, the Felt frame is not designed as a gas tank. It us not sealed, and may not be sealable. I believe that the place where you would have to cut the hole and weld a filler neck may be double walled. I watched a video of a so called expert builder have all kinds of problems trying to convert a Felt fake gas tank into a real one. Even if you are successful, you would have top repaint the frame because of the welding. No doubt the Felt frame is better quality than the Skyhawk frame, but I don't believe it is really suitable for a gas tank. I'm considering a more conventional build using a Felt Bixby frame. They are all made in China, but Felt frames are most likely higher quality than the Skyhawk. Everything made by Skyhawk seems to be about the same quality as a cheap Chinese scooter. My last Trek mountain bike was made in China, but in to Trek's specifications. It held up very well.
I also have a trek they are made very well. I have decided to get the felt bike against your warnings. I came to this decision yesterday after having to patch a water tank from the inside with tight corners on a house im helping building. Thank you very much for you opinion. I also agree that the skyhawk frame probably isnt the best quality considering they are produced quickly and sold the same they just dont leak. The frame motor stand is at the wrong angle for a motor so it sits with a gap. the felt bike will have everything already attached to it so i wont have to spend time finding parts for it. (EXAMPLE) front fork, wheels, brakes, tires, bearings,other.
 

KCvale

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I know for certain the skyhawk frame has tons of reviews and build threads.
Also think its the frame kcvale uses for his fancy builds..
That I do Dan...

From 2-stroke UN-coated 2-stroke shifters like this...



... to a fancy Powder Coated 4-stroke shifters like this on a real Skyhawk frame with a back disc mount like this,
Note that they both have front and rear disc brakes.



I like the gas tank frame.
It sure beats the stock black 'barnical' gas tank you can put on most any bike, but not cheap to do.
$150 for the frame, another $100 to get it PC'ed, and then you need the parts to make it a rolling frame.

I use the $350 Fito Modena 7-speed for my builds like this, I just strip all the parts off leaving just the carcaus, and put them on the larger gas tank frame like this new blue one that's next up for a 4-stroke shifter in front of whats left of the Fito...



Then again I'm not your normal hobby builder ;-}
 

babiegirly

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Why dont you all just order the felt frame directly from felt there cheep underv 300 and steel i have one of the gastank frames to aluminum junk imho metal fatigue from motor vibration makes them literally a vticking bike bomb at least the felt altho heavy compared to the gastank frame is way more durable as for the hokes that need to be patched its a bike frame come on look at it and find them and the numbers forvthe vframe ate available at the felt website its the canvas thats cthe frame you vwant use thier search and you can find it
 
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