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    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
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    ok Foosters, I turn to you now, and ask for help

    I sold one of my bikes to a friend who's moving here in a few weeks. I'm quite pleased to have it to offer to him; and it was a very pleasant deal (he'd ridden it a few times, and was teasing me about wanting to take it off my hands for a while). So. I have an empty space in the stable, and it JUST so happens I have an itch to build up a new bike. Something sleek. Light(ish). Biased towards climbing. A 'special day' bike, if you will. Don't get me wrong, I love my orange --It's the new black-- steel daily ride. I just wanna build something a little lighter, a little snappier for going up. I'm 80% set on Campy, so that's taken care of.

    I need to start with the frame. I'm thinking Al or Al+carbon stays. I don't want to spend more than a grand (well, 500 bucks is the more realistic budget). And it has to be from a smaller company (no Trek, C-Dale, Specialized, etc).

    Blue and Fetish Cycles are the current contenders. Foosters, I ask you now for help in choosing a frame. Please? I'd ask the Roadie Forum, but I prefer the Foo Perspective (on this topic). Thank you, My Foo.

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    Van Dessel Flahute? $700 - frame, fork, (integrated) headset...

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    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
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    ooh, Van Dessel. There's a shop right by work that has them, very classy looking ride. Yeah, there's an option....

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    what about a single speed? Sleek as they come!! If you use used parts you can build a SS, using vintage steel of course, for 40-50$.

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    Dex...I highly recommend you go and check out Leader Bikes. www.leaderbikeusa.com They have several really nice road bike frames, including one with carbon stays. Great stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughrider504
    what about a single speed? Sleek as they come!! If you use used parts you can build a SS, using vintage steel of course, for 40-50$.
    Already riding an 80s Schwinn fixie (and I love it). This project is for something worthy of ooohs and ahhs and will float under me as I ascend into the heavens. For a modest budget, of course

    Yeah Leader is a good call. I just spoke to Fetish, and they have their 2005 Dirigente frames on stupid sale, and have my size. I may not be able to turn it away... http://fetishcycles.com/Diregenta.html

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    I'm partial to the ride of an 80's era Raleigh Technium frame. They're cheap and rather plentiful. Just my $0.02

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    Look into scandium frames, made of Easton 7000 series alloy with a touch of scandium added. I have one and it's my favorite ride.
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    Get a bikesdirect Motobecane or Mercier frame. It'll annoy people as your climb past them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex
    Yeah Leader is a good call. I just spoke to Fetish, and they have their 2005 Dirigente frames on stupid sale, and have my size. I may not be able to turn it away... http://fetishcycles.com/Diregenta.html
    How stupid are we talking?
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    Dex,

    Check out the 736R frame in blue ($299)and a leader carbon fork ($130). This is the exact frame, fork and color I test rode on a friends bike locally before I ordered my TT bike from them. The paint and finish on this thing was really, really nice. I'm considering one of these in the fall/winter. It was light, stiff(but not harsh)and responsive. And his bike with a mix of ultegra and dura ace was like 18 lbs. I only put about 10 miles in on it and was impressed.

    http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_736r.cfm#
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian
    How stupid are we talking?
    300 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian
    Get a bikesdirect Motobecane or Mercier frame. It'll annoy people as your climb past them.
    Hey, I'm very close to buying a Track bike from them...Thinking the Motobecane Messenger....just for the free brake calipers/levers/pedals...fully road ready ss/fixie for $400. It would make a nice "beater" bike to tool around town on, and lock up at the mall and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycle17
    Check out the 736R frame in blue ($299)and a leader carbon fork ($130).
    http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_736r.cfm#
    yeah, that's a nice ride. But I have to be honest; I'm not smitten with the aesthetics. I look at this, on the other hand, and swoon:


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    ^^ Sweet! That's a keeper for sure Dex! I really like the look of that setup and it has carbon stays too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup

    Van Dessel Flahute? $700 - frame, fork, (integrated) headset...
    Quote Originally Posted by From Van Dessels Website
    Noteworthy comments: The Flahute is the current race bike of the Iraqi Junior National Team.
    ...and you've seen the road conditions in Iraq. If ever a frame was labeled "bomb-proof" this is it.
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    Get a mountain bike, who needs more than one road bike.

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    and for comparison, a couple others that have caught my eye--

    The Dirigente:


    The BMC Streetfire SSX (oooh, Swiss colors)


    From GVH, the Cinelli Proxima (2004 though)

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    I just pulled the trigger on the Blue. $466 from Gottaridebikes.com

    http://www.rideblue.com/rc4al.html

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    Nice! Congrats Dex! have to post some pictures of the build when it's done.
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    Niiice! Congrats Dex! I'm partial to the RC5-AL myself, but only cuz of the color. What gruppo are you putting on it? Chorus, Record? Wheelset?

    [e] cycle17, that Leader track frame looks like it'd be fun...
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