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I have a Softride TT7 size medium. Is it possible to cut off some of the beam that extends behind the saddle? Obviuosly I will need to be sure of the saddle position before cutting but has anyone else done this? If so, what did you used to cut it with?
I'd like to use a saddle mounted waterbottle mount but the beam is in the way.
I cut mine: Measure twice and cut once. If you cut it too short you're buying a new one, so leave yourself a little room. Also, be aware it may compromise your re-sale if that is a concern.
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thanks for the reply. I'm aware of the potential problems with a resale, but am willing to take that risk. I like the bike so much I don't anticipate trying to sell it for quite some time anyway. The only draw back for me is the lack of bottle mounts on this bike. If I can get the beam out of the way I can then carry two more bottles behind the seat. Ive tried a camelback and just don't care for anything on my back.
How did you cut yours? Did you use a hacksaw? If so, 32 teeth I'm guessing. Did you do anything to seal the exposed fibers after cutting?
thanks again, Ron
I did cut mine with a relatively fine hack saw. It cut fairly well. I didn't seal it with anything. So far, so good. I like my Rocket TT also, very nice.
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Rond, somewhere on this site Dan did an article about cutting a carbon fork steerer. I'd check that out before you cut. I'm pretty sure he writes about it in detail, so you might pick up the best way to make the cut. (I'm assuming your beam is carbon based on the "exposed fibers" comment)
"The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows."
yes it's carbon. I cut the steerer on my carbon fork with a 32 tooth hacksaw and have not had any problems with it so I guess I'll attack the beam too. The steerer was pretty easy. I marked it with tape and just took my time.
thanks for the advice Tom and Tim
I have a softride with the carbon beam and I mounted a two water bottle holder that mounts to the seat rails. Works great.
If you are interested and would like to avoid cutting the beam I will look at the manufacturer when I get home tonight as I don't recall who made it.
Yes I would lie to know who made the holder you have. Please let me know.
Wow, Tom... If my memory is correct, you ride a softride with Spinergy PBO spoked wheels... when you go for comfort, you go all the way. Somehow, if your like me, it's the mileage and not the age that changes your priorities when it come to bikes.
Joe Moya - one who also looks for comfort first...all else second.
I just got my TT7 in last friday and was wondering the same thing. As for cutting carbon, tape the areas in front of and behind the cut. This will prevent fraying. There is a better word than fraying but I have been working on proposals for the last 2 hrs and can't think. It also acts as a guide so you don't start multiple cuts. Also wear a mask, carbon doesn't dissolve in the human body and if you breathe it in it becomes part of your lung anatomy. Post and let us know how it went what you used etc.
Congrats on the TT7. Just a note on these frames. Make sure you follow the torquing recommendations on the upper and lower pivots. Don't overtighten or, like me you'll be buying rather expensive replacements right away. These are great frames, just wish there was a different setup for adjusting the beam height. Enjoy yours,
Thanks for the overtightening advice. I'm off to buy a torque wrench.
bought mine at sears. you can get the allan head sockets too.
I mounted an X-Lab saddle wing and it worked fine, unless you have been fitted by someone that is experienced with Softride I'd think twice before cutting.