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Old 05-30-09, 02:37 PM   #1
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Ebay frame

Should I buy this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280349484475
for my first road bike build?
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Is it the correct size? Is the rear dropout spacing suitable for modern components (i.e. 130 mm) ? Is the required fork steerer and headset diameter 1-1/8"? Do you know how to spec and build up a bike from a bare frame?

If the answer to any of these is no, the ansewer to your question is no.
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It has a 1" headset diameter. Is that a problem?
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It has a 1" headset diameter. Is that a problem?

It's not a problem if you know what you're getting into. These frames came with a fork, where is it? They don't just disappear..... was it crashed or something?


Do you know how to select the proper fork? Cut it and install a headset? Do you know the difference between threaded and threadless forks, headsets and stems?



It does not sound as though you know what you're getting into..... when in doubt.... do without
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Along with the other questions posed, I'd avoid this because there's just the one picture. You don't have a good idea of the condition, don't know whether the bottom bracket threads are in good condition, etc. For a first road bike build, it's better to get a frame you know more about. Plus, the seller only has a couple transactions. Not saying he's a rip off artist, but you should have no problem finding another frame with a better description from a seller with an established history.
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those are all good points. the other thing i should mention is that cannondales sometimes used oversized head tubes (1 1/4"), which might be hard to find parts for. you'd also need to find out the seat post diameter and seat tube clamp diameter for the front derailleur. these are all things you need to consider when buying a used, vintage frame.

but assuming the frame is the proper size, and everything is in good condition, etc, and you have the knowledge/resources to complete the project, then this should make a fun build. i just picked up a used 1993 r900 2.8 complete bike and it's really light and responsive.
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