Advantages Price, Weight, very stiff
Disadvantages Paint job is easily scratched
The BeOne Karma, is a lightweight stiff frame made from 6061 grade Aluminum. Even the large frame size(19”) only weights in at 1.8kg. Nomally, to own a frame of this weight you would be expected to be paying upward of £300. Not so, the Be One Karma is on sale at ChaionReactionCycles.com with a price tag of sub £100. Usually a frame in this sub £100 price bracket are normally heavy out of date models, something the BeOne Karma is not. The Karma is light weight, strong, stiff and has many features found on top end frames, making the BeOne offering excellent value for money. It is easy to see why this is an award winning frame. The full retail price of £300 makes this a good buy, however the ChainReactionSale price of £95 makes this an absolute barging.Having spent many days researching the internet and browsing web forums for the best frame for my budget, I decided on the BeOne Karma, I’m glad I did.
The tubes are shaped, again to reduce weight, and provide strength. The top top is Triangular shaped, the seat tube is circular at the top then becomes oval towards the bottom, while the down tube is oval. The seat and chain stays are oval shaped and snaked to give excellent tyre clearance..The Rear chain stays are spread far enough apart to accommodate wide 2.35” thick tires giving excellent mud clearance.
Both the down and seat tube have water bottle mounts and are provided with the normal M5 screws.
While we are talking about the cable routing for the brakes, I will aslo mention that the frame requires a top pull or dual pull front mech. This is mentioned on the chain reaction website but I did over look this, but thanks to a very helpfull fellow cyclist this was soon rectified.The bottom bracket comes pre-machined; This is another bonus for the frame again saving a bit of cash as it removes the need to take the frame to the local bike shop to have it faced before installing the bottom bracket. The BB size is the typical 68mm.
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