Question for Frame Builders
I have a 1988 Fuji Mt. Fuji Mountain Bike frame; TRIPLE butted Chro-Molly, fully lugged & brazed. Seat and head tube angles are both 73 degrees, according to Fuji. The frame is about an inch or so too big for me, and I would like to have the top tube lowered at least an inch, if not two.
Since the seat and head tubes are both 73 degrees, would it just be a matter of removing the top tube from the seat tube and head tube, shortening them both one or 2 inches, and replace the top tube, since the angels involved and the distance between the seat and head tubes would not change?
I like the brazed lugged frame, and NO ONE except maybe a custom frame maker produces a lugged steel mountain bike frame any more. I cannot afford to buy a new custom made frame, but might be able to afford to have my frame modified.
Cost to modify (or almost completely dismantle and re-build) that frame will be prohibitive. You're better off buying a new or vintage frame that is the correct size.
Don't forget that the seatstays will also have to be shortened, and will have to be removed from the drops as the angle would be wrong to meet up with the shortened seat tube.
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