yes, get a kalavinka mixte frame....
i don't think any mixte gets any more well built than this.
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.
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.
when i get my first kalavinka, i'll get one like this for my wife.
The Austro Daimler Vent Noir mixte is the most beautiful mixte I've ever seen.
Also Mercian has always offered the Miss Mercian mixte, which is handcrafted out of Reynolds just like all their other frames.
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.
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.
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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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:
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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
Who ever builds the example bikes for Soma has a real bad eye for color coordination, they have a few other builds that are kinda ugly when they should be beautiful.
The Trek Belleville is kinda cool to for a mass produced bike.
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.
Well, the Mercian was obviously 'top of the line' enough for a couple of people:
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