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Info on Voodoo frames?(3 posts)

Info on Voodoo frames?mcb
Mar 20, 2003 11:20 PM
Does anyone have any info or links to info on the history of Voodoo frames? How they ride? Quality of fabrication? Specs? What happened to them - why did they shut down? The reviews for them on this site give them a lot of love. Thanks in advance for anything you can give me that might lead to some info.
Voodoo Titanium D-JabLafayette
Mar 21, 2003 2:17 AM
I had it on my hands and looks well manufactured(considering to get it second hand for 5oo dollars)Nice welds and everything seemed aligned (despite the bad reviews on this site about bad manufactured units)Thick titanium dropouts, machined headset tube,s-bent seatstays, Kona-like slooping...sure it´s not as refined as a Litespeed or other high level ultralight titanium options, but hey! it´s titanium, feels solid and looks terrific...
About its history the only thing I know is that Voodoo was founded by Joe Murray when left Kona.The D-Jab actually has a sticker with his signature as the designer of the frame.
re: Info on Voodoo frames?Sally Hewitt
Mar 24, 2003 8:45 AM
Dear MCB,

Yes, I know something about these. They don't call me Voodoo Sally for nothing. . .

I'm a fan and have a few Voodoos. Voodoo was started in the mid 90s by pioneer mtb rider / racer Joe Murray. Their factory was in Sunnyvale (San Jose), CA. They went out of business in about Jan. 2001. I do not know why they folded. No one bought them out, as far as I know. I'm a collector of these rare products now.

They made mtb (hardtail, DS, and some trick DH and freeride rigs and a famous singlespeed) and road & sweet 'cross bikes. They were great in that you could "build your own" online by picking out the frame and fork and all the components, and get a quote, and then take it to your dealer for the order.

Their frames (the mtbs) are characterized by the sloping top tube (resulting in a high-extending seat tube) and fairly high quality craftsmanship. They didn't shy away from steel, and had some high-end steel frames (in addition to the Al ones) as well as some ti frames and a scandium one. The welds were pretty nice, and the tubing was size-specific (a small frame had smaller walled & diameter tubing than a big frame). The paint was really nice, and the logos were funky. There was an attention to detail which made one feel like you were getting a custom bike, at a mass-product price.

Some other details include a longer head tube (strength), S shaped seat stays and a little slot on the top of the seat tube is in the front, to keep out dirt better.

I can only speak for the hardtail mtbs, but the ride is nimble and fast and the reach is pretty long.

Please feel free to ask me any more questions.

Sally Hewitt
Maynard, Mass.