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    Frame only

    Sadly, I just broke the frame of my Downtube 9 NS. I have some decent components on it (Dura Ace crankset, Ultegra shifter), although the wheels are crappy Quando hubs - so a wheel upgrade wouldn't hurt.

    At this point, I'm looking to buy a new good steel frame since I don't want to deal with more frame breakage.

    Where can I find a good steel no-suspension folding frame? Or does it make more sense to just buy a complete Bike Friday or the like?

    Some stats:

    • 165 lb
    • 5'11"
    • purpose: train to bike commuting 6 miles on the bike per day
    • riding experience: been a car-free bike commuter for 5 years
    • budget: hopefully $800 or less, if that's realistic


    Thanks.
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    Does it have to fold or can it be a small frame with 20" wheels.

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    The Raleigh twenty has a steel frame and more enthusiates are building them up.

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    you can buy frame only from swift - although very expensive - so best bet is to look for a used one at CL.

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    For $800, you can get a very decent folding bike. Many good Dahons in that range. You're also in range for a used Tikit or Swift. You have a lot of choices as far as I'm concerned.

    BTW, what have you got against suspension? Is it a weight consideration?

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    Thanks for the replies, folks.

    Some answers to questions:

    Nice - I have heard talk of the Raleigh Twenty. Will have to look into that, but I may want something more modern.

    Yes, it has to fold in accordance with the local (Boston) transit authority's regulations to be able to take it on public transit during peak hours.

    Didn't realize Dahon made steel frames as well. Another good option.

    Call me a purist. Suspension on a commuter to me is unnecessary in terms of cost and weight, and it sacrifices efficiency. I want to keep it simple here.

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    The Dahon Speed TR is on sale right now and quite a good deal.
    http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/2009/speedtr.htm

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    My Downtube NS is a little over two years old now. I'm curious, where did your frame break and how old was your bike?

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    That Dahon Speed TR looks pretty nice. Thanks for the link - quite a deal. It's $1200 on the Dahon site.

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    My Downtube NS was about 4 years old.

    First, the base of the stem broke right below the hinge - took me a while to notice though because I could just fold down the hinge and tighten the bolt, and it was okay for a while - then it would come loose again.

    Then recently, a crack formed at the top of the seat tube just above the seat stay. It's barely hanging on now, but it will break through any minute. The seatpost rattles when I'm not sitting on it.

    Makes sense that those are the places it fails - they're the bottoms of two long unsupported levers.

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