First project: Mirage Sport
I just picked this up from a nice gentleman from craigslist for $50, was wondering: Can it support a derailleur or must it be fixed gear only? This is going to be my new commuter bike but I was really hoping to have multiple speeds!
Also, can anyone discern the year? All I see on the frame is a serial number os TAS6100133.
Thank you all
Vertical drop outs, aluminum, and a broken-off derailleur hanger....
I would salvage the parts, sell the frame for scrap, and find a new frame.
Hmm, now that I look at the 2nd picture again, maybe it's just missing the bolt on hanger. Someone else will have to chime in.
There is definitely nothing broken off back there, comparing this to some mirage pics on the internet it looks like they used a weird derailleur system, but I am no expert
From what I read on sheldonbrown, it will be difficult to make this a fixie - vertical dropouts.
Well I would MUCH rather it be multi gear, so that is good news. Looking at a few more pics i found online there should be some sort of derailleur plate that bolts on.
You need the plate. I have the same on my cyclocross bike. The theory being if you hit something, you may only need to replace the plate... not the entire frame.
Definitely not a fixie candidate.... and honestly I wouldn't sink too much $$ into that frame. (And I say that while owning a bikesdirect bike that I enjoy)
Is there something wrong with it that should know about? I thought aluminum frames were good since they are light and rustproof?. I am trying to go super low budget on this bike anyway so investment should be minimal.
Any suggestions for wheels, cranks or hubs? I was planning on scouring eBay for used shimano parts.
There doesn't appear to be anything structurally wrong, it's simply missing the derailleur hanger. Looks like an '08 model - which used 7005 aluminum (currently the mirage sport is using 6061)
I'd suggest you contact Bikes Direct or Bike Island to get a derailleur hanger for it.
here's a picture of the '08 from Bikes Direct, fyi...
This bike is cat approved
Keep in mind that this bike is $400 brand new at Bikes direct.
Originally Posted by trann
Sometimes there are great parts bikes on Bikeisland or maybe you see something dirt cheap there with some scratches that fits your budget.
I think its going to take some work to beat the prices on buying a new bike from one of these retailers.