Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - New Frame : Bareknuckle vs. Used Keirin Frame
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05-16-07, 09:14 PM
That thread about the new Keirin frames up on Keirin Culture maybe think about the next frame I'm getting...
I'm selling my car and moving to Philadelphia this summer. I want to spend no more then $500-600 on a new frame. I need something solid and that isn't going to need replacing for awhile.
My question to all of you is, would you rather spend the money on a brand new Bareknuckle, or get a slightly cheaper, used Keirin frame? Why?
05-16-07, 09:17 PM
As long as the Kierin frame isn't dented or wrecked, it's a handmade, steel, lugged frame for a good price. I'd go that way, if you can find a good price on one.
05-16-07, 10:08 PM
Yeah, if you go the Keirin route, make sure you get one from a reputable seller. Both are great options.....just comes down to headset preference (at least for me).
Wish I had these options, but I'm too tall to ride pretty bikes.
Philly is ground zero for both bike theft and uninsured psycho motorists, so I would go for something that's both brake friendly and inconspicuous (not a keirin frame).
If you're looking for a frame that will last a while, most any Taiwanese frame will do. Let's not kid ourselves - a (new) frame is probably the part on a bike that's least likely to fail except in an accident, and nothing's going to help you there but your stopping distance.
05-16-07, 10:19 PM
If it were My One Frame? i'd get the bareknuckle. it's a little bit more versatile with brake mounts and a threadless steer tube. if i were in the market for a Pretty Bike i'd get a keirin bike, but i like something utilitarian - a little bit more in the All Arounder direction on the spectrum of bikes.
05-16-07, 10:27 PM
Depending on your size (as the keirinculture thread reveals),
the Keirin frame might be a better value. Myself a few other
shorter riders here have all done very well with used Keirin
frames. I was shopping for a Barekunckle before I stumbled
upon an old Bridgestone in my size for $450, with a bottom
bracket, headset and Nitto B123 track bars. A comparable
setup with the Bareknuckle would have run me $600-$700.
If you're really worried about theft, just take the stickers off
and you won't have too flashy of a bike, as long as it's not a
sparkley, tri-tone 3Rensho or anything. If it does get stolen,
then you'll have less invested in it than the Bareknuckle.
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