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Old 10-02-09, 06:51 AM   #1
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Mixte frame: any manufacturers ever make a 'Top of the Line' model with this style?

Just wondering?
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Old 10-02-09, 06:54 AM   #2
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yes, get a kalavinka mixte frame....

google kalavinka..

i don't think any mixte gets any more well built than this.
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Kalavinkas are gorgeous.

But the first that comes to my mind is that Schwinn offered the Paramount in a mixte option didn't they?

I have also seen Cinelli and Pinarello ladies' frames (not technically) mixte though.
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I've seen a couple of Marinoni mixtes. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera on me at the time. I recall Austro-Daimler making a mixte version of their top of the line Vent Noir in the mid-1970s.
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when i get my first kalavinka, i'll get one like this for my wife.
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Old 10-02-09, 07:37 AM   #6
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The Austro Daimler Vent Noir mixte is the most beautiful mixte I've ever seen.
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Also Mercian has always offered the Miss Mercian mixte, which is handcrafted out of Reynolds just like all their other frames.
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Kirke beat me too it! Yeah, Mercian will make a Miss Mercia mixte for you out of 853 if you want and equip it with Super Record or Dura-Ace too. They've offered that for decades - they used to be "real" mixtes with twin lateral stays but just like everyone else now due to lack of tubing availability they have a single top tube with "mid-stays" running back from there.
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Velo-Orange is gearing up production for a new true mixte frameset (lugged, twin laterals, double-butted chromoly) that will sell for ~$700. Anticipated delivery is 2010.

http://www.velo-orange.com/vomifrcoso.html

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There is a Mercian up on ebay right now:
Mercian Mixte
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Darnit... I was hoping nobody would call this one out. Oh well, I probably won't bid anyway since we just bought a house.
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not top of the line.... but motobecane had a Grand Jubilee mixtee. Gazelle also made a high end mixte.
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Nishiki made a mid-level, Olympic model mixte, made with double butted chromoly steel, (Tange, I think). Nice bike but not top end.
EDIT: For what it's worth, I just saw a Nishiki Mixte, Custom Sport, 1983 or 1984 model made with Champion 5 tubing. It was in excellent condition and ride ready as in the new owner rode it home. Sold for $80. I thought that was a good deal.
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Darnit... I was hoping nobody would call this one out. Oh well, I probably won't bid anyway since we just bought a house.
Screw the house - that's a SCHWEET Mercian! lol
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I've always thought this post-war René Herse mixte epitomized the type, and it's definitely high end.
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Darnit... I was hoping nobody would call this one out. Oh well, I probably won't bid anyway since we just bought a house.
Ya gotta have something to put in the house... Furniture is so overrated.
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My old Bottechia is a beaut. Lots of chrome and a vibrant yellow. Its for sale if anyone is interested.
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I had the non-mixte version of this. Early Dura-Ace, sew-ups and drillium chainrings. I wish I still had the bike.

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Raleigh made the Super Course in a mixte version, 531 frame, stays and fork (I think), DT shifters, etc.

Motobecane had the Grand Jubilee. Neither was top of the line for their makers but at least they were beyond the entry level.

Miyata went as far up the line as the 210, and I think that was typical of the Japanese makers.

This one looks pretty sweet, for a UK buyer:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...:B:WNA:US:1348








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But the first that comes to my mind is that Schwinn offered the Paramount in a mixte option didn't they?
All the Paramounts I saw that were even close to that description were step through frames with a top tube that paralleled the down tube and curved at the bottom where they hit the seat tube. They didn't have the extra stays.

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Kirke beat me too it! Yeah, Mercian will make a Miss Mercia mixte for you out of 853 if you want and equip it with Super Record or Dura-Ace too. They've offered that for decades - they used to be "real" mixtes with twin lateral stays but just like everyone else now due to lack of tubing availability they have a single top tube with "mid-stays" running back from there.
I don't think there is a problem with lack of tubing. The lugs may have been a problem. Pretty sure the tubing for the mixte stays was always just chromo. I don't think the "real" mixtes are superior to ones with one tube. But I also think of those as "real" mixtes.

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Soma currently offers the Beuna Vista mixte frame and I might have to build one of these for my wife...or myself. Their example build is awful ugly to me (black saddle with brown grips, ugly faux wooden rims) but at least you can see what the frame looks like

http://www.somafab.com/bvistapix.html



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All the Paramounts I saw that were even close to that description were step through frames with a top tube that paralleled the down tube and curved at the bottom where they hit the seat tube. They didn't have the extra stays.
Found this picture that claims to be of a Paramount step-through. Not a "true" mixte, but not as you describe:
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Saw a nice Univega Gran Turismo on ebay a couple of months ago. Not top of the line, but pretty far up the Univega line. Also unusual in that it is a touring model with cantibrakes.

I also just missed out on a late 70s Raleigh Super Course Mark II, with Reynolds 531 tubing. Sweet bike.
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I don't think there is a problem with lack of tubing. The lugs may have been a problem. Pretty sure the tubing for the mixte stays was always just chromo. I don't think the "real" mixtes are superior to ones with one tube. But I also think of those as "real" mixtes.
Interesting that, and born out by some other frames in this thread. Mercian makes the lugs themselves for theirs and their site says "lateral stays no longer manufacured". Same goes for Rivendell who are similar - they have lugs custom made for their mixtes and in some cases actually have tubing custom drawn (e.g. their lugged stems), yet no twin laterals. Hmmmmm......
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Well, the Mercian was obviously 'top of the line' enough for a couple of people:


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