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Old 08-30-08, 05:19 AM   #1
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What to take into account when getting a new frame?

Atm. I have a bianchi via nirone 7 frame with campagnolo components. I got pointed out in another topic that my current frame is too small so I'm looking into a new frame. What stuff should I take into account when getting a new frame?

1. Seatpost diam: check, should fit.
2. Fork fit. Is there different diam/kinds of forks or should any "modern" (threadless) fork fit to all frames? The new frame says it has a 1 1/6 headset ("46 full integrated" whatever that means)
3. Crank bearing, this is where it gets really hazy for me. My current frame has a FSA omega crankset (I think) with campagnolo drivetrain and bianchi frame. What kind of thread will it most likely have? The new frame Im looking at has a 68mm english thread.
4. Rear der dropouts. They should fit both campy and shimano? Or are there different kinds.
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Old 08-30-08, 05:39 AM   #2
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2.) Many new road bikes use 1 1/8th (I think 1 1/6th would be a typo, unless you have a link). They are not compatible with 1 inch steerers.

3.) If your Bianchi is fairly new it should be english threaded as well, which I believe yours is.

4.) Dropouts (perhaps you mean derailleur hanger) are one size fits all.

Only thing I can think of that you missed was front derailleur. Did you have a clamp-on or braze-on? If it's clamp on the diameter would need to be matched. I believe with some derailleurs you can add on/switch clamps. Fd's are pretty cheap as far as components go anyways though.
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I assume you meant dropout width. Yes, both Campy and Shimano require 130 mm dropout spacing and any road frame made since the early 1990's will be that width.

Even if your current fork is the right diameter (1-1/8" in this case), it may not have a long enough steerer tube. Your new frame is larger and the old fork may have been cut too short since it was sized for a smaller frame.
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Thanks for the help! One more question (atleast ): do I need a new compression plug for the fork mounting or can I remove/reuse the old one?
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The first thing you need to do is make sure it fits.
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Thanks for the help! One more question (atleast ): do I need a new compression plug for the fork mounting or can I remove/reuse the old one?
Compression plugs should be transferrable assuming the steerers are the same diameter.
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