Originally Posted by Chip
In the Madcatr photos I've seen, the adjustable/breakdown parts of the frames were joined with clamps that look like the ones used for bicycle seatposts— never seen that on other cat frames.
Those bike seat post things held the oarstand in fore/aft position, and then also the seat cross bar fore/aft. They played no role in holding the frame together. The breakdown portion you can't see, because the attachments are INSIDE the tubes. It's pretty amazing. Instead of it fastening together, it is held under compression, with the bolts at the front and back along the shaft that is inside the break-apart tubes. It's pretty amazing. I notice NO difference in the solid-ness of the breakdown demo I had, and my new non-breakdown. No one would ever know it was breakdown by looking at it.
I need to get some photos of my frame this weekend, the only ones I have are while boating, which don't show all the detail well since it is black. I'll be on it one last time for a couple of days, looking forward to a fall trip.