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jpw
04-03-2013, 02:52 PM
How well do the down tubes of the Ottrott and Meivici stand up to gravel and stones coming up off the front wheel?

Durable, or vulnerable?

Jeff N.
04-03-2013, 03:00 PM
I'd say it's not a concern.

Chief
04-03-2013, 03:30 PM
I have 75,000 miles on my Ottrott, and stone chips are not a problem. Of course, I don't ride on gravel roads.

alexstar
04-03-2013, 03:59 PM
I put helicopter tape on the front of the downtube, on every bike. Cheap peace of mind.

christian
04-03-2013, 04:06 PM
Does helicopter tape come off cleanly? I need to lay something down on the d/t and c/s of my EP.

BumbleBeeDave
04-03-2013, 04:11 PM
. . . sells frame protection tape--forget the brand name. I've got some on my Legend and it works great. Bought what I needed from a buddy after he got a roll for his bikes. I think it's about $40 per large roll.

BBD

sc53
04-03-2013, 04:54 PM
But then you've got a bike with sticky plastic sheeting all over it--kind of like those living rooms where the furniture is wearing plastic covers. I'd rather ride a bike with a few nicks or dings in the paint than draped in plastic. YMMV.

Steve in SLO
04-03-2013, 04:58 PM
3m Expel film works well and comes off easily. Soapy water install. You can cut a strip that is not visible from the top/sides to avoid the 'plastic chesterfield' look. Oh.. and it's not a sticky mess. I use it along the top of my chainstay and at headtube rub points, too. Hard to see it's there.

Bruce K
04-03-2013, 05:50 PM
I have an '07 Meivici and an '03 Ottrott.

They've held up pretty well against chips and dings, and I do ride the occassional dirt road with them (more the Ottrott than the Meivici).

BK

Pete Mckeon
04-03-2013, 06:00 PM
based on lots of years on riding :banana:both It can always be repaired if you have an accident or fall:eek: Pete

How well do the down tubes of the Ottrott and Meivici stand up to gravel and stones coming up off the front wheel?

Durable, or vulnerable?