Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - SE Draft Frame
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I found a good deal on a complete bike with a se draft frame and fork for around 350. Comes with velocity wheels and rpm cranks basically no SE parts. I was just wondering how good these frames are and if they can handle daily riding to and from school. Thanks.
07-14-09, 05:59 PM
hi-ten steel weighs a ton.
Bike Gallery, a big LBS chain around here, recently began selling a fixie branded under their own name based on the SE Draft Lite. I don't know if that means that BG is making official the fact that it's becoming Performance Bike or if it's a commentary on the decency of the frame. If you're interested, here is their "review" of their bike: http://www.bikegallery.com/blog/2009/a-look-at-the-new-workhorse-bike/
The SE Draft used to come with the oversized one-piece bottom bracket, which in my mind eliminated it from serious consideration for anything but a cheap beater bike, but it looks like they've now switched to a standard BB. So now it can be a cheap beater bike that you can hang nicer parts on if you want to.
That said, I've got an old Gitane with a hi-ten frame that I converted. It came in around 23 pounds, and it's a lot of fun to ride. It will never make me the envy of my friends and neighbors, but I like it and it doesn't feel like a tank.
07-14-09, 07:08 PM
for 350 you're probably better off with a kilo tt or some used iro or something like that for a bit more
07-14-09, 07:21 PM
do not buy.
07-14-09, 11:24 PM
Even though they changed out everything, it's still the hi-ten frame. Keep searching.
07-15-09, 12:49 AM
I rode the **** out of mine, then got a kilo and realized that the Draft is like a beach cruiser.
If you already have one, ride it... If you are about to spend $300/$400, go to bikesdirect and get a decent ride!
Thanks well I won't be buying that. I think im just going to build up a vintage frame. Thanks again.
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