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    quality Mixtes?

    Can anyone provide me with a listing of brand, model year of some quality (frame material) Mixtes. I am in the hunt and can't tell easily the dogs from the pearls.
    Bernard

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    It's going to be a short list. Back in the day mixte framed bikes were marketed towards women and they usually didn't demand a high performing frame for the type of riding they did.

    I believe there were mixte frames made of Reynolds 531, and other comparable tubing, but they are uncommon. CroMoly and gaspipe are what the vast majority of mixtes were made of.

    Here is a frame material sticker cheat sheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bfduhon View Post
    Can anyone provide me with a listing of brand, model year of some quality (frame material) Mixtes. I am in the hunt and can't tell easily the dogs from the pearls.
    Bernard
    Fuji seemed to make some nice Mixte frames during the early to mid 80’s, I’ve seen several lugged steel Valite tube, double and triple butted frames, of that time period…. You could try looking through the “Show us your Mixte” thread, and get some ideas on who makes what type of frame, I’m taking for granted of course that you know what your looking for, if not, you can still see some very fine Mixte’s in that thread…
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    My wife's Raleigh Super Course mixte is made of 531. Late '70s. Nice ride.
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    Motobecane Grand Jubilee iirc came in a mixte and also was of good quality

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    I've seen several mid-80s Miyata mixtes. Not sure if these were triple or double-butted cromo. What ranks as "quality" from your standpoint?

    I know Austro-Daimler made a few mixtes in the late 70s (and very early 80s) using 531. That's a slippery, and rare, fish however.
    Last edited by kbjack; 10-09-08 at 08:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeManDan View Post
    Motobecane Grand Jubilee iirc came in a mixte and also was of good quality
    Yes, and mine is Vitus 979 tubing.

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    While visitng Montreal yesterday, I saw a Marinoni lady's frame. Not a mixte but the traditional style with the double downtube. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbjack View Post
    I know Austro-Daimler made a few mixtes in the late 70s (and very early 80s) using 531. That's a slippery, and rare, fish however.
    Yeah, in the mid 80's I remember seeing a very nice mixte Vent Noir in my LBS.

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    I think that the Austro Daimler Vent Noir is the holy grail of mixtes. I've only seen pictures

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