Author Topic: xs650 hardtail questions  (Read 1234 times)

Offline ryanglade

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xs650 hardtail questions
« on: May 08, 2012, 21:44:44 »
So, I have built a drop seat hardtail, but I used inferior products and methods.  Not smart but it was a great learning experience.

Now, I am going to chop that rearend off and make a more traditional bobber hardtail, and I want to do it right.  I bought some steel tubing to match the OD of my original frame and I am looking for someone that can bend my tubing.  I have talked to pretty much every welder/fabricator in my area.  I have been able to locate only 1 person with the correct dies to bend my tubing.  I will admit that I have never sent tubing out to get bent before so I was surprised to hear him say it would cost $70 to do 4 bends, one on each piece.

Is that a reasonable price?  I ask because it seems like a lot to me, and I hopefully will build more bikes/frames in the future and want to know if I should justify buying my own bender.

Lets hear your thoughts.

Offline hillsy

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Re: xs650 hardtail questions
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 23:26:27 »
Build your own tube bender:
I knew a guy in Sydney who built one of these and he used it on a lot of builds (he was a chopper style frame builder).
Also, check out for lots of frame building info (if you haven't already).

Offline ryanglade

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Re: xs650 hardtail questions
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 10:48:35 »
That is a sweet bender.  I will have to look into building one of those!

Thanks for the response.