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Old 02-01-08, 10:05 PM   #1
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shogun down. In need of a new 80s MTB frame

Two months ago I picked up an 80s shogun mountain bike with intentions of converting it to a fixed. It was a nice frame: tange tubing and nice lugs...

Last week I was hit by a car and now I need to find a new frame. The driver of the other car will most likely be picking up the tab so I am looking.

What frames are a good choice?

Here's a list of frames that I have found to have horizontal drops (fixed worthy) Yes I know you can get the White industries hub, but it would cost as much as the frame.

80s TREK
specialized stumpjumper/hard rock
shogun prairie breaker
Bridgestone MB-1
Peugeot MTB
Bianchi BuSS

Any more??
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Old 02-02-08, 12:03 AM   #2
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Not so much the brand, as the age, will get you horizontal drops. Unfortunately (for us fixed MTB people) the MTB craze really took flight only a couple of years before the industry shift to vertical drops. Always a challenge to find one, but never impossible. What size frame are you looking for, btw?

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Old 02-02-08, 10:40 AM   #3
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My really early ('86?)Bianchi Grizzly is lugged and has the right dropouts. I have often contemplated converting it but it's sooooooo sweet and nearly mint that I dont have the heart to do it. I keep hoping to find a GT to convert but have never seen one with the right dropouts.
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Since the insurance company owes you a bike, if you're sure about the switch to singlespeed, check out any of the SS offerings out there, but especially the Redline MonoCog. If you want to go back to gears at some point, consider the Surly Karate Monkey frame.
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Old 02-02-08, 03:53 PM   #5
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Depending upon the damage, you might consider repairing it instead of replacing it, especially if you like the frame.
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twiz, FYI, I checked our modest collection of MTBs. Only one has horizontal dropouts, my ATF, 1988 Nishiki Ariel. You might want to keep an eye open for late 80's Nishikis.
BTW, our 88 Hoo Koo E Koo, 92 Nishiki Ariel, and 91 Fuji have vertical dropouts as does our 91, fully lugged Bianchi Ibex.
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