First let me say that nothing's perfect. There were plenty of OS frames that came off the line all goofy. Although, in this day and age when you break out $300 or $400 bucks for a frame, it better be as perfect as possible.
I know that Bill will probably hate me for this but...
Supercross is actually his second business, he runs a graphics company full time. I don't blame Bill, but he did
cut the production deal w/ American Engineering in Cali. I think their quality is pretty inconsistent. Less engineered parts like forks(maybe bars) seem to be okay, but they seem to have a problem w/ the complexity of frames & QC. There is a real problem w/ rear end alignment over there. I know companies that produce AL frames sometimes have problems just b/c welding and heat treating the material can be a real b*tch. However, cromoly frames shouldn't be that much trouble if they're given the attention.
My Nomorea 20" frame is somewhat off. At the dropouts it's close enough, but you can plainly see that when they bent the looptail in the bender, one side is bent a little more than the other. One chainstay attaches maybe 4mm higher on the BB shell.
I've heard of SX cranks having the pedal boss weld so splotchy that you couldn't even thread the pedal. I have a pair that came off a trade show bike so they're ok.
I'm a freak when it comes to frames and the accuracy with which they're assembled, so some people might not even notice. The first thing I do is install the headset & fork and put it on a glass countertop to see how close it is.
I send a production frame to them that's a little off and complain, and their answer is to send back a new identical frame that's off exactly the same. Obviously the guy welding or the jig is tweaked, or both.
In many instances in the past(not this situation), I get this additude like,"Nothing is perfect"(indeed it's not). "It's not like it's a road bike." No, it's a bmx bike and it still should be straight.
There are companies that are 'rider owned' or underground that do a more consistent job. Why? Cause they put time & effort into the QC. And if they don't do it in-house, they make sure it's right, not leave it up to chance. :nobull:
Edited by inky, 20 January 2005 - 07:30 AM.