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tcmers 10-26-11 11:26 AM

Modern Frame with Downtube Bosses?
 
What new frames are available with downtube bosses? I had planned on building up a Fuji Connoiseur frame but waited too long and Nashbar is out of my size. Haven't been able to locate another. I'm aware of the Surly bikes, but already have a tourer, and don't really want a cross bike. (They also seem to be a little on the heavy side) I'm looking for something to ride relatively fast centuries. Steel or aluminum would be fine.

I'm not looking to start a debate on the merits or disadvantages of any shifting system. I prefer downtube shifters for no particular reason that is worthy of debate, it's just my preference.

Nightshade 10-26-11 11:37 AM

Downtube shifters were the norm on all 80's & many 90's bikes so why not use a vintage frame to build your bike???

rogerstg 10-26-11 12:14 PM

Salsa and Velo-orange spring to mind.

tcmers 10-26-11 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nightshade (Post 13415822)
Downtube shifters were the norm on all 80's & many 90's bikes so why not use a vintage frame to build your bike???

I'm open to a vintage frame, but minty examples are getting tougher to find. I have one early 90s Bianchi now. I also would prefer modern spacing, although a steel frame could be opened up to 130mm. I just have this urge for something "new".

dcrowell 10-26-11 01:13 PM

Soma Stanyan?

tcmers 10-26-11 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by rogerstg (Post 13416022)
Salsa and Velo-orange spring to mind.

Thanks! The Salsa Casseroll is a great looking frame. Could live without the horizontal dropouts....but very nice!

tagaproject6 10-26-11 02:53 PM

Do you have the budget for a custom frame? Nothing sweeter. :thumb:

hybridbkrdr 10-26-11 04:03 PM

The Nashbar touring frame downtube bosses.

Nightshade 10-26-11 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by tcmers (Post 13416305)
I'm open to a vintage frame, but minty examples are getting tougher to find. I have one early 90s Bianchi now. I also would prefer modern spacing, although a steel frame could be opened up to 130mm. I just have this urge for something "new".

Vintage= $
New= $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

rogerstg 10-26-11 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by dcrowell (Post 13416321)
Soma Stanyan?

+1 :thumb: I couldn't think of that when I first replied, but I've seen them built up and they are very nice. More of a light touring/rando/sport frame.

garage sale GT 10-26-11 05:48 PM

How about finding a set of clamp on vintage downtube shifters from ebay? They came on some nice groupsets.

amps 10-26-11 05:54 PM

The Nashbar Double-Butted Road frame has downtube bosses. I just bought one to build up and had to buy cablestop adapters to mount my brifter cables.

tcmers 10-26-11 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 (Post 13416864)
Do you have the budget for a custom frame? Nothing sweeter. :thumb:

Not really on a budget, but probably won't spring for full custom.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Garage Sale GT (Post 13416864)
How about finding a set of clamp on vintage downtube shifters from ebay? They came on some nice groupsets

Not a big fan, besides I have a couple of sets of Dura Ace 9 speed shifters on hand.

Quote:

Originally Posted by amps (Post 13416864)
The Nashbar Double-Butted Road frame has downtube bosses. I just bought one to build up and had to buy cablestop adapters to mount my brifter cables.

I saw those. Geometry seemed a little strange. How do you like yours? The price is definitely right.

Just stumbled across the Soma Smoothie. Love the white and black color scheme. I've got a black Sram Apex crank, black brakes & levers & black bars & stem laying around. If I can dig up a black rear deraileur I think it would look pretty sharp. I have a set of Ultegra hubs as well. Maybe lace them up to black rims with black spokes....

martianone 10-26-11 07:24 PM

Consider a SOMA ES ?

tcmers 10-26-11 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by martianone (Post 13417875)
Consider a SOMA ES ?

Good suggestion. The relaxed geometry is probably more suitable fore my riding than the Smoothies.

labrat 10-26-11 09:39 PM

I noticed you eliminated Surly because you didn't want a cross or tourer. Have you considered the Surly Pacer? Looks like it might just be a possibility for you.

ThermionicScott 10-27-11 01:05 AM

Bianchi Campione still comes with DT shifters.

tcmers 10-31-11 03:42 PM

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Even though I didn't want another tourer, I couldn't help myself when I noticed that Nashbar dropped the price of their touring frame to $60. Frame, fork & shipping for around 130 bucks. Since I have a dedicated tourer (Jamis Aurora) I'll build this up as more of a century/rando bike. No racks, lighter wheels, etc. Have a lot of components in the parts cabinet, so I'll scrounge most of the parts from there. It will be geared pretty low, with a compact road double and an 11-32 or 11-34 cassette.

martianone 10-31-11 05:03 PM

Wow, $60 for a frame? Good luck!

tcmers 10-31-11 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by martianone (Post 13436221)
Wow, $60 for a frame? Good luck!

Thanks. Online reviews of the frame seem decent. Should make a good all weather ride. If I decide I don't like it, I'm not out much!


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