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    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.

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    Downtube shifters were the norm on all 80's & many 90's bikes so why not use a vintage frame to build your bike???
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    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Salsa and Velo-orange spring to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    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".

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    Soma Stanyan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
    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!

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    Do you have the budget for a custom frame? Nothing sweeter.
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    The Nashbar touring frame downtube bosses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcmers View Post
    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= $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Soma Stanyan?
    +1 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.

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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
    Do you have the budget for a custom frame? Nothing sweeter.
    Not really on a budget, but probably won't spring for full custom.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garage Sale GT View Post
    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 View Post
    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....
    Last edited by tcmers; 10-26-11 at 06:32 PM.

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    Consider a SOMA ES ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martianone View Post
    Consider a SOMA ES ?
    Good suggestion. The relaxed geometry is probably more suitable fore my riding than the Smoothies.

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    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.

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    Bianchi Campione still comes with DT shifters.
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    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.

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    Wow, $60 for a frame? Good luck!
    ride long & prosper

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    Quote Originally Posted by martianone View Post
    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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